April 24, 2018
Scott Riccio Named to UMA Board

UMA recently welcomed a new member to its board of directors and bid farewell to a longterm volunteer leader.

Scott Riccio of NorthEast Charter and Tour Co., Inc. has been named to a seat on the UMA Board of Directors, replacing Michael Neustadt of Coach Tours, Ltd., who recently announced his retirement. Riccio, whose company is based in Lewiston, ME, was chosen last week by the UMA Board to fill the vacated seat in Region III, per the organization's bylaws.
As AI Shapes the Future of Work, Employers Focus on Human Skills and Employees Crave Jobs with Purpose
April 24, 2018 l Businesswire l

After years of talking about disruption, executives are determined to turn talk into action. According to Mercer’s  2018   Global Talent Trends Study – Unlocking Growth in the Human Age , 91% of US companies have innovation on their core agenda this year and 95% are planning organizational design changes. At the same time, employees are seeking control of their personal and professional lives, with more than half asking for more flexible work options.

In pursuit of new technologies, executives must focus on the “human operating system” to power their organization. Mercer’s study identified five workforce trends for 2018: Change@Speed, Working with Purpose, Permanent Flexibility, Platform for Talent, and Digital from the Inside Out.

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Texas city replaces buses with ride sharing
April 19, 2018  |  by Bus & Motorcoach News   |  

ARLINGTON, Texas – This Texas city has ditched its bus service in favor of ride sharing.

Via, a startup with funding from Mercedes Benz, has an arrangement with Arlington to deploy 10 six-passenger Mercedes vans, primarily in the city’s downtown area. Residents will be able to hail the vans using a smartphone app, just like in any other city where Via operates. But the fares will be subsidized, keeping them $3 per ride or $10 for a weekly pass.

Mergers & acquisitions: preparing to sell your business
So many motorcoach operations are family businesses, often held for generations. But what happens when it's time to sell your company, to merge, oreven to acquire a competitor?

A recent Motorcoach Minute Podcast featuring UMA Chair Gladys Gillis and Charles Tenney, Senior Managing Partner for the Tenney Group, takes listeners through some common sense steps of preparation for the weighty prospects of a merger, sale, or acquisition.

UMA's podcast series, The Motorcoach Minute, is available for downoad from Google Play, Apple iTunes, Tunein Radio, and Stitcher Player. A full list of Motorcoach Minute Podcasts is available on the the Bus & Motorcoach News website.

National Park Service announces CUA process
for road-based commercial tour operators
The National Park Services has notified the United Motorcoach Association that it is standardizing road-based tour commercial use authorization requirements and fees.
Beginning October 1, 2019, road-based tour operators (defined by NPS as “one or more persons traveling on an improved roadway on an itinerary that a company or individual has packaged, priced, or sold for leisure/recreational purposes”) are required to apply for and obtain a CUA for each NPS unit in which they operate. The standard process includes a $300 CUA application fee and a $5 per person CUA management fee.
Transportation-only services such as taxis, shuttles, and chartered motorcoach companies do not meet the definition of road-based commercial tours if those services are not prepackaged. Parks may issue these transportation-only providers a road-based transportation CUA if the park superintendent decides managing the use is necessary for preservation and proper management of park resources and values.
Road-based tour operators will pay the appropriate per-person entrance fee for each passenger upon entry to each park. 

Please review the  attached memo  from the NPS and visit the  NPS CUA website  for further details.
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  • 5-6 Safety Management Seminar, NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA, Hotel TBA - save the date!

  • 6-10 UMA Motorcoach EXPO, Fort Lauderdale, FL #UMAEXPO19

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