Schedule

Marketplace is the home of the best travel and tour events. See what we have lined up below. You can sort and search events as needed.  The schedule below reflects the sessions and events included with Marketplace registration.  For Busworld exhibit events, visit www.busworldnorthamerica.org to view.

Download printable Marketplace 2023 schedule.

Download printable Joint Marketplace/Busworld/Affiliate 2023 schedule.

All times below are listed as Eastern Time Zone.  All events are held at Huntington Place (Detroit’s Convention Center) unless noted.
  • Registration Opens

    Monday / June 20
    12:00 PM — 12:00 PM

    www.buses.org/marketplace

  • Housing Reservations Open

    Tuesday / September 6
    12:00 PM — 12:00 PM

    www.buses.org/marketplace

  • Early-Bird Registration Rate Ends

    Wednesday / September 14
    11:59 PM — 11:59 PM

    www.buses.org/marketplace

  • Research Databases Open

    Tuesday / September 27
    12:00 PM — 12:00 PM

    Marketplace Passport

  • Appointment Requests Open

    Tuesday / October 4
    12:00 PM — 12:00 PM

    Marketplace Passport

  • Appointment Requests Due *EXTENDED TO JAN 9*

    Wednesday / January 4
    11:59 PM — 11:59 PM

    Marketplace Passport

  • Extended Appointment Requests Due

    Monday / January 9
    11:59 PM — 11:59 PM

    Marketplace Passport

  • Appointment Schedules Available

    Wednesday / January 18
    12:00 PM — 12:00 PM

    Marketplace Passport

  • Convention Center Shuttle

    Thursday / February 2
    08:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Host Hotels to/from Convention Center

  • National Bus Traffic Association Meeting

    NBTA Members and Invited Guests Only

    Thursday / February 2
    09:00 AM — 05:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 320

  • Convention Center Shuttle

    Friday / February 3
    08:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Host Hotels to/from Convention Center

  • Marketplace Sponsor Move-in

    Friday / February 3
    08:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Registration Open

    Friday / February 3
    08:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Exhibit Hall Pre-Function Area

  • National Bus Traffic Association Meeting

    Members and Invited Guests Only

    Friday / February 3
    09:00 AM — 03:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 320

  • Airport Shuttles

    Friday / February 3
    10:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    DTW and Host Hotels

  • ABA Board of Directors Lunch and Meeting

    Members and Invited Guests Only

    Lunch | Room 310B

    Meeting | Room 321

    Reception | Invited to join Women in Buses for Reception, Atrium

    Friday / February 3
    12:00 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 310B, Room 321, Atrium

  • Women in Buses Day

    Women in Buses Council is to recognize and advance the role of women in the motorcoach industry through networking, education and mentoring programs.  Join us for a day of education and networking.

    All are welcome.

    Friday / February 3
    01:00 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 330A, Room 330B, Riverfront Salon West

  • Service Center Open

    Friday / February 3
    02:00 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Small Fleet Operator Orientation and Floor Tour

    Get a feel for who and what the Bus Industry Safety Council and the Bus Maintenance and Repair Council are, when they will meet, what they discuss and how you can get involved. The mission of the BISC and BusMARC is about improving motorcoach safety and ensuring that your bus is ready to travel safely down the road. If you are a safety, compliance or maintenance professional, this is where you need to be.

    All are welcome.

    Friday / February 3
    04:00 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 320

  • Convention Center Shuttle

    Saturday / February 4
    06:30 AM — 06:45 PM

    Host Hotels to/from Convention Center

  • Registration Open

    Saturday / February 4
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Exhibit Hall Pre-Function Area

  • Service Center Open

    Saturday / February 4
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • ABA Board of Directors Executive Committee Meeting

    Saturday / February 4
    08:00 AM — 09:00 AM

    Huntington Place, Room 331ABC

  • Bus Industry Safety Council General Session

    The mission of the Bus Industry Safety Council is to continually raise the level of safety in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry through collaborative efforts of professionals in a workshop and educational environment.  Join us for the opening session of this council’s education program.

    Session Overview

    Awards Presentations:
    * ABA Motorcoach Driver of the Year
    * Norm Littler Memorial Safety Award

    Keynote Address: What's Next in the Evolution of Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure, Challenges to Commercial Motor Vehicle Applications

    All are welcome.

    Saturday / February 4
    09:00 AM — 10:30 AM

    Huntington Place, Room 320

  • Sightseeing Tours

    Saturday / February 4
    09:00 AM — 01:00 PM

    Leave from Huntington Place, Riverfront Atrium

  • Airport Shuttles

    Saturday / February 4
    10:00 AM — 02:00 PM

    DTW and Host Hotels

  • NAMO Board Meeting

    Saturday / February 4
    10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 331ABC

  • Education Breakout Sessions

    Saturday / February 4
    11:00 AM — 05:30 PM

    Huntington Place, 300 Level

  • African American Motorcoach Council

    The African American Motorcoach Council endeavors to promote the continued growth, fellowship and development of the black-owned businesses in the motorcoach industry. It will do this by serving as a resource center and forum to promote safe motorcoach operations, encourage interaction among operators and transportation planners, and advocate for black-owned businesses.  This session will provide more information on the work of this council.

    All are welcome.

    Saturday / February 4
    01:00 PM — 02:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 338

  • Networking Floor Reception

    Saturday / February 4
    01:30 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting

    ABA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is a task force of diverse association members who are responsible for helping bring about the cultural, and possibly ethical, changes necessary for our industry.

    All are welcome.

    Saturday / February 4
    04:30 PM — 05:30 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 338

  • Gray Line Tennessee 50th Anniversary Reception

    Gray Line Tennessee: A Special Cocktail Reception Celebrating 50 Years in Business. Enjoy Light Hors D'oeuvres & Open Bar. 

    Saturday / February 4
    05:00 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 310B

  • Operator Reception

    Saturday / February 4
    05:30 PM — 06:30 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 140ABCD

  • ABA Board of Directors Dinner

    Saturday / February 4
    07:00 PM — 09:00 PM

    Andiamo Riverfront, GM Ren Center

  • Experience Detroit on Your Own

    Saturday / February 4
    07:00 PM — 07:00 PM

    Detroit

  • Convention Center Shuttle

    Sunday / February 5
    06:30 AM — 06:45 PM

    Host Hotels to/from Convention Center

  • Registration Open

    Sunday / February 5
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Exhibit Hall Pre-Function Area

  • Service Center Open

    Sunday / February 5
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Operator Breakfast

    Sunday / February 5
    07:45 AM — 08:45 AM

    Huntington Place, Grand Riverview Ballroom

  • DMO/Receptive/Charter Appointment Session

    Sunday / February 5
    09:00 AM — 05:47 PM

    Business Floor

  • School Bus Council Meeting

    The School Bus Council provides an opportunity for ABA members that operate school buses to meet and discuss the unique business and operational issues facing school bus operators, including Department of Transportation-related issues as well as state and local issues that are unique to school bus operations.  Come and network with this group of school bus operators.

    All are welcome.

    Sunday / February 5
    09:00 AM — 10:00 AM

    Huntington Place, Room 338

  • Education Breakout Sessions

    Sunday / February 5
    09:30 AM — 05:30 PM

    Huntington Place, 300 Level

  • Hispanic Motorcoach Council Meeting

    The Hispanic Motorcoach Council endeavors to promote the continued growth, fellowship and development of the Hispanic business community in the motorcoach industry. It will do this by serving as a resource center and forum to promote safe motorcoach operations, encourage interaction among operators and transportation planners, and advocate for Hispanic and minority-owned businesses.  Come and learn more about the work of this council.

    All are welcome.

    Sunday / February 5
    11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 338

  • Delegate Lunch

    Delegate Lunch for Marketplace Delegates and ABA Members Only

    Sunday / February 5
    12:00 PM — 01:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall D

  • "Opening Ceremony" Entertainment Event

    All Marketplace and Busworld attendees welcome.

    Sunday / February 5
    01:00 PM — 02:30 PM

    Huntington Place, Grand Riverview Ballroom

  • Betterez User Group

    Please join us for the 5th annual Betterez user group at ABA Marketplace.  We'll start at 3 PM, but please stop by anytime during the 90 minutes to see ongoing demonstrations of Betterez New Features, hear company and product updates and receive a gift.

    *The User Group is an Operator only event

    Sunday / February 5
    03:00 PM — 04:30 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 331ABC

  • Bus Industry Safety Council/Bus Maintenance & Repair Council Closing Session

    Join us for the closing session of these councils’ education program.

    Session Recaps

    Human Trafficking Update: Busing on the Lookout

    Mentor Office Hours

    All are welcome.

    Sunday / February 5
    04:30 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Room 320

  • Sponsor Spotlight

    Sunday / February 5
    05:47 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • All-Delegate Evening Event

    Mark your calendars now for the Moovin’ and Groovin’ opening reception happening Sunday, February 5th, 2023, at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. Get ready to dance the night away with live music and tasty food, all while wearing your favorite sports team jersey!

    Sunday / February 5
    07:00 PM — 09:30 PM

    Ford Field

  • Convention Center Shuttle

    Monday / February 6
    06:30 AM — 06:45 PM

    Host Hotels to/from Convention Center

  • Registration Open

    Monday / February 6
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Exhibit Hall Pre-Function Area

  • Service Center Open

    Monday / February 6
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Operator Breakfast

    Monday / February 6
    07:45 AM — 08:45 AM

    Huntington Place, Grand Riverview Ballroom

  • Bus Maintenance & Repair Off-site Meetings

    Monday / February 6
    09:00 AM — 03:00 PM

    Leave from Huntington Place, Riverfront Atrium

  • Lodging/Attraction/Associate/Allied Association Appointment Session I

    Monday / February 6
    09:00 AM — 05:47 PM

    Business Floor

  • Education Breakout Sessions

    Monday / February 6
    09:30 AM — 05:30 PM

    Huntington Place, 300 Level

  • Delegate Lunch

    Delegate Lunch for Marketplace Delegates and ABA Members Only

    Monday / February 6
    12:00 PM — 01:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall D

  • "Best of Broadway" Entertainment Event

    All Marketplace and Busworld Attendees are welcome.

    Monday / February 6
    01:00 PM — 02:30 PM

    Huntington Place, Grand Riverview Ballroom

  • Sponsor Spotlight

    Monday / February 6
    05:47 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Dine Around Detroit

    Monday / February 6
    07:00 PM — 07:00 PM

    Detroit

  • ABA Foundation Afterglow

    Entertainment | ABA Jam Band

    This fundraiser supports the scholarship program of the ABA Foundation.  Tickets are $50 and can purchased at registration or at the door.

    Monday / February 6
    09:00 PM — 11:59 PM

    Marriott Detroit Downtown Ren Center, Ambassador Ballroom

  • Convention Center Shuttle

    Tuesday / February 7
    06:30 AM — 06:45 PM

    Host Hotels to/from Convention Center

  • Registration Open

    Tuesday / February 7
    07:00 AM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Exhibit Hall Pre-Function Area

  • Service Center Open

    Tuesday / February 7
    07:00 AM — 05:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • "Nebraska Food Bingo" Operator Breakfast

    Nebraska’s many culinary achievements go beyond beef and corn to include some of America’s most beloved and flavorful products. Join Nebraska Tourism and its group partners for a fun-filled and relaxing way to start your day at Nebraska Food Bingo in the Grand River Ballroom on Tuesday morning. We will entertain you with a host of trivia bingo questions about popular Nebraska food and drinks and winners will walk away with some pretty cool prizes from across the Cornhusker State. So, make sure to bring your lucky bingo charms and start your day with a hearty Nebraska breakfast and some trivia!  

    Tuesday / February 7
    07:45 AM — 08:45 AM

    Huntington Place, Grand Riverview Ballroom

  • Lodging/Attraction/Associate/Allied Association Appointment Session II

    Tuesday / February 7
    09:00 AM — 05:47 PM

    Business Floor

  • Education Breakout Sessions

    Tuesday / February 7
    09:30 AM — 12:00 PM

    Huntington Place, 300 Level

  • Delegate Lunch

    Delegate Lunch for Marketplace Delegates and ABA Members Only

    Tuesday / February 7
    12:00 PM — 01:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall D

  • Sponsor Spotlight

    Tuesday / February 7
    05:47 PM — 06:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • Marketplace Sponsor Move-out

    Tuesday / February 7
    06:00 PM — 09:00 PM

    Huntington Place, Hall C

  • "Nashville Live: 2024 Preview"All-Delegate Evening Event

    Join us as we celebrate ABA Marketplace 2023 the Music City way with live music from the talented Jason Eskridge and his band, great food, and dancing. Get ready to feel the beat at Marketplace 2024 in Nashville! 

    Tuesday / February 7
    07:00 PM — 09:30 PM

    Marriott Detroit Downtown Ren Center, Renaissance Ballroom