2023 UMA Motorcoach Expo Scheduled For January 11-14 In Orlando, FL
The United Motorcoach Association’s (UMA) 2023 Motorcoach Expo is set for January 11-14, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, FL.
The event annually brings together bus and motorcoach professionals for networking, educational sessions and to visit an exhibit hall featuring the latest in equipment, products and services. Other events include an opening session, driver competition, maintenance interchange and competition, receptions and dinners.
“We are really excited to welcome UMA members back to Orlando for the UMA Motorcoach Expo in January. Registration numbers are up 30 percent from our 2022 show, in Long Beach, CA, as operators are looking forward to gathering together with old and new friends,” UMA President & Chief Executive Officer Scott Michael said. “A highlight of this show will be the return of the UMA Vision and UMA Environmental Leadership awards. We see a great opportunity to recognize industry operators with those awards, along with the driver and maintenance awards that recognize key individuals.
“This year’s UMA Motorcoach Expo will also feature the 25th anniversary of the UMA Maintenance Interchange, a fantastic opportunity for maintenance professionals to share best practices and work together to build relationships.
“A new feature involving this year’s learning sessions connects many of the topics from sessions at our December Safety Management Seminar, with the first part taking place as a virtual seminar, followed by part two in person at the UMA Motorcoach Expo.”
Listed below is the 2023 UMA Motorcoach Expo daily schedule. All dates, times and events are subject to change:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11
Registration is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the registration concourse on Level 1. UMA State Association Meetings will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at a location to be determined, while the UMA State Association Summit is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m., in room W103. It will be followed by the UMA Welcome Reception, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Rosen Centre.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
The day begins with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the registration concourse on Level 1. A UMA continental breakfast will be available from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at kiosks outside rooms WA1-WA3.
From 8:30 to 11 a.m., UMA will hold its annual Motorcoach Expo Opening Session, Active Member Meeting, and Legislative & Regulatory Update. The event will take place in room WA1.
The UMA Maintenance Interchange is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room W103. Now in its 25th year, the event allows motorcoach owners, operators and maintenance professionals to come together in an open forum to discuss maintenance problems they have faced, and to exchange solutions and ideas. Participants are encouraged to submit topics for discussion in advance of the seminar. The Maintenance Interchange is an operator-to-operator exchange.
The first group of UMA Concurrent Education Sessions is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in rooms W202 AB, W203 AB and W204 AB. Also taking place during this time period (11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) is the UMA Associate/Travel Partner Membership Meeting at the UMA booth.
The UMA Luncheon is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., at room WA1, followed by the second group of UMA Concurrent Education Sessions, from 2 to 3 p.m., in rooms W202 AB, W203 AB and W204 AB.
From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., the third group of UMA Concurrent Education Sessions will take place in rooms W202 AB, W203 AB and W204 AB.
A key event on Thursday will be the UMA Expo Exhibit Hall Sneak Preview, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Exhibitors will provide demonstrations and showcase various industry products and services during the Sneak Preview. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the event is scheduled at 4:15 p.m., near the front entrance of the Exhibit Hall.
The Sneak Preview After-Party, meanwhile, is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at a location to be determined.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Friday’s UMA Expo registration is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the registration concourse on Level 1. A UMA continental breakfast will be available from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at kiosks outside of rooms WA1-WA3.
The UMA International Driver Competition will take place Friday morning at a time and place to be determined. Winners will receive cash prizes, trophies, framed certificates and official recognition.
There will be three UMA Concurrent Education Sessions scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 13. These sessions will take place in rooms W202 AB, W203 AB and W204 AB.
Meanwhile, the UMA Expo Exhibit Hall will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, allowing attendees a full day to visit with vendors. Lunch will be available at the Exhibit Hall from noon to 2 p.m.
Also taking place from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday is the UMA Maintenance Competition, at booth 1707.
The National Association of Motorcoach Operators (NAMO) Meeting is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. in room W103, while the UMA Leadership Awards Celebration will take place Friday evening, at room WA1. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m, with the dinner scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
Saturday is the final day that the Exhibit Hall will be open for the 2023 UMA Motorcoach Expo. Show floor hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the registration concourse on Level 1.
A Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Inspection is scheduled from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Exhibit Hall. Brunch will also be available at the Exhibit Hall, from 10 a.m. to noon.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
The UMA golf event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shingles Creek, in Orlando, to officially close the 2023 UMA Expo.
Visit www.motorcoachexpo.com for updated information.
Times and dates are subject to change.