Annual Conference

The Association conducts an annual conference which is devoted to education, communication of ideas, social interaction, and networking for all the membership categories including Travel Supplier, Associate, Tour Companies and Operator Members.


EDUCATION    The education component always includes motorcoach industry representatives such as the FMCSA, motivational speakers, topics currently of interest to the industry, professionals from the industry, etc. There is also a track for the travel suppliers.


INDUSTRY EXPO    The Industry Expo occurs during our annual conference.  The event is specifically designed for the motorcoach operators attending and our associate members who provide products and service to the motorcoach industry. It is an opportunity for motorcoach operator members and associate members to meet one-on-one to learn more about the products and services, and how they may utilize them in their operations. 

SALES RETREAT This event provides unlimited business opportunities between PBA’s motorcoach operator members and travel suppliers at the annual meeting! The operators have a table and the travel suppliers will be divided into group A and B so that everyone has time to visit with the operators without standing in line and waiting. Everyone will have 6 minute visits at motorcoach operator tables. There is plenty of time to visit all the operators so that you can talk about your property, attraction, venue, etc.

SHOWCASE AREA    A key component of the event is to showcase a geographic area so that motorcoach operators return with their customer groups to enjoy a new travel opportunity.  A favorite characteristic of this yearly event is its informality and relaxed atmosphere to do business!  PBA solicits bids from Convention & Visitors Bureaus for the annual meeting site and generally plans two years out. 

SPONSORSHIP    Sponsorship opportunities are available at all PBA Annual Meetings.  We work with the hosting site for some sponsorships and have several additional sponsorships available to those companies not in the hosting area.  

Interested convention & visitors bureaus (or like organizations) are invited to submit a bid for the 2026 PBA Annual Meeting. 2026 Annual Meeting bid specs, click here.


Read what our 2023 Annual Conference host has to say:  “Hosting the PBA Annual Meeting & Conference has been a truly fulfilling opportunity for our area. The event allowed us to demonstrate how well we can host a corporate sales function while also giving the wonderful Pennsylvania tour operator members of PBA a chance to experience our region first-hand. Working with PBA’s staff and members to bring their Annual Meeting to Chautauqua County, NY has been one of the most beneficial things we could have done in terms of developing tour operator relationships”. Andrew Nixon, Executive Director, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau


Past sites for PBA’s annual meetings include the following:

2024   Ithaca, NY

2023   Jamestown, NY

2022   Happy Valley, PA

2021   Bethlehem, PA

2020   Cancelled

2019   Atlantic City, NJ

2018   Williamsburg, VA

2017   Corning, NY

2016   Gettysburg, PA

2015   Seven Springs, PA

2014   Lehigh Valley, PA (Allentown, Bethlehem)

2013   Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod)

2012   Erie, PA

2011   Niagara Falls, NY

2010   Chesapeake, VA

2009   Poconos, PA

2008   Atlantic City, NJ

2007   Ocean City, MD

2006   Pigeon Forge, TN

2005   Dover, DE

2004   Lake George, NY

2003   Deep Creek Lake, MD

2002   Williamsburg, VA

2001   Branson, MO

2000   Nashville, TN

1999   Niagara Falls, ON

1998   Biloxi, MS

1997   1000 Islands, NY

1996   Pigeon Forge, TN

1995   Norfolk, VA

1994   Portland, ME

1993   Ocean City, MD

1992   Myrtle Beach, SC

1991   North Falmouth, MA

1990   Hilton Head, SC

1989   Ottawa, Ontario

1988   Toronto

1987   Sturbridge, MA

1986   Williamsburg, VA

1985   Lake Harmony, PA

1984   Poconos, PA