Passenger bus organizations know that the problems plaguing the airline industry could mean an increase in traffic for bus operators. Travelers are becoming disenchanted with air travel due to the rising fares, cancellations and flight delays, and that leaves the door open for the motorcoach industry.
Every busing association in the country is sounding the call to the traveling public, "sit back and enjoy the ride with us." Motorcoach operators that align themselves with a regional or national bus organization will benefit from the marketing campaigns and strategic alliances cultivated by the passenger bus associations. Those industry connections, supplier relationships and marketing opportunities mean increased revenue for:
1. Passenger bus companies
2. Tour operators with passenger buses
3. Travel industry professionals
4. Suppliers of passenger bus products and services
Educate yourself as a member of a school bus organizationSchool bus associations in various states allow operators who contract with school districts to provide pupil transportation to join as regular members. Each school busing organization typically features an annual convention or networking opportunity to meet with industry vendors and other motorcoach operators. Membership also includes training and development workshops and legislative representation to deal with regulatory agencies on issues that affect your business.
Expand your business opportunities with a regional busing associationA regional busing organization will provide your company with a wider sphere of influence. Regional passenger bus organizations usually represent motorcoach operators in a multi-state area. This allows passenger bus companies to network and create strategic alliances to grow their business and their revenue.
Extend your reach across the country with a national bus organizationNational passenger bus organizations include a larger and more diverse member base to increase your networking opportunities. By virtue of their size, they also have stronger alliances with manufacturers and suppliers that could reduce your operating expenses. Your business will have access to a large number of tour operators who do not own their own equipment and travel industry professionals and their marketing organizations.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is an excellent resource for motorcoach operators. Their website details all the regulations governing your business and provides a listing of all the forms you need to comply with agency regulations.