The Association conducts an annual meeting which is devoted to education, communication of ideas, social interaction, and networking for all the membership categories including Travel Supplier, Associate, and Operator Members.
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.
PBA features our Associate Members in this event by organizing an Industry Expo featuring the bus manufacturers, and tabletops all our Associate Member companies who service the industry. A casual lunch is served and incentives for the motorcoach operator representatives to visit all the table tops and bus displays.
PBA’s travel suppliers are very important members of the association and is a special group that provides memorable travel experiences for our motorcoach members’ customers. The Sales Retreat is designed for one-on-one time between the motorcoach operator tour planners who have tables and are visited by travel suppliers in 7 minute segments. Everyone comes away with business leads
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 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 bureau (or like organizations) are invited to submit a bid for the 2021 PBA Annual Meeting.