The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced St. Louis has been selected to host ABA’s Marketplace 2015, Jan. 10 through Jan. 13, 2015, at the America’s Center Convention Complex. ABA’s 37th-annual gathering will mark the first time St. Louis has hosted this prestigious event.
“The American Bus Association is always thrilled when we can hold Marketplace in a destination as diverse as our attendees,” said Peter J. Pantuso, president and CEO, ABA. “St. Louis was selected after an exhaustive bid process where several cities submitted proposals to host ABA’s Marketplace. The number of hotels in close proximity to the convention center and the world-class America’s Center, where Marketplace will take place, helped St. Louis end up on top.”
More than 3,000 attendees are estimated to attend Marketplace 2015. Marketplace is the show where business gets done, generating nearly $80 million dollars for the delegates, suppliers and host city in 2012.
“ABA’s Marketplace is the premier business event for the group-travel industry. We look forward to hosting Marketplace 2015 and showcasing the destination to key motorcoach and tour operators plus other key representatives in the tourism industry,” said Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.
The ABA is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1,000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States and Canada.