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April 2014

UMA Expo 2014: Partnerships, Upgraded Vehicles Make Impact

With a focus of building on the co-located show with the NTA, understanding and growing new business relationships across the whole travel and tour industry is a key theme. Meanwhile, new vehicle models, including some new to the private bus market, make their debut.

February 2013

2013 UMA Expo Begins New Era

Co-located Travel Exchange aims to bring together motorcoach and group tour and travel industries to help form both partnerships and business relationships. Meanwhile, several companies mark major milestones on the show floor.

December 2012

Combating Driver Fatigue An Uphill Battle

While accidents continue to occur because a driver was tired or fell asleep, many in the industry believe revamping federal hours of service regulations is not the answer. An operator’s best course of action is to properly train drivers and manage risks when scheduling trips. Even then, however, the onus remains on the driver to rest.

June 2012

How To Generate Motorcoach Business Leads

Websites such as Bus Rates.com and charterbusconnect.com do most of the homework for you. Some operators are using their current customers as sources for new leads. Additionally, trade shows offer the opportunity to establish personal relationships.

April 2012

Operator of the Year: Northfield Lines Expands Operation Via Fleet, Customer Diversification

Over the past 23 years, John (pictured) and Larry Benjamin, co-owners of the Minnesota-based business, have built up their companies to become award-winning motorcoach and school bus operations. Meanwhile, the industry says goodbye to Larry, a well-loved member who made invaluable contributions through the UMA.

May 2011

Feds Look to Increase Motorcoach Safety

New programs and proposed rulemaking, such as the FMCSA's CSA program and NHTSA's seat belt rule, are putting the pressure on carriers to take a long, hard look at improving an already safe industry over the next several years.

January 2009

Opportunities on the horizon for motorcoach industry

Victor S. Parra is the president/CEO of the United Motorcoach Association.

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