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30th Day of Coach Tourism in the Autostadt, Wolfsburg

Coach holidays are not on the way out: Innovations in the coach and group tourism sectors!

The Day of Coach Tourism has been providing the international coach tourism sector with valuable impulses and compelling ideas for many years now. It aims to provide a cross-branch platform for dialogue and exchange that draws on the knowledge, experience, methods and expertise of all partners involved in this dynamic market. The 30th Day of Coach Tourism kicks off at 10.30 am (CET) on Monday, 9th January 2012, in the Concern Forum in the Autostadt Wolfsburg with welcoming words from Otto-Ferdinand Wachs, Managing Director of the Autostadt GmbH, before being officially opened by RDA President, Richard Eberhardt.

RDA CEO, Dieter Gauf, will set the scene by introducing this year’s conference theme. This will be followed by a key-note speech on “Combined trips – new perspectives for tourism politics and economic development” by Klaus Brähmig, MP and Chairman of the German Parliamentary Committee on Tourism. This will be followed by expert statements from:

Marc Sales, Managing Director of Sales-Lentz, coach travel operator in Luxembourg and Belgium, member of the RDA Future Workgroup:
“International Best-Practice: Combined trips – primary assets of medium-sized coach and group travel operators”

Wiebke Harms, Director Sales & Marketing, nicko tours GmbH:
“A congenial partnership between cruises and coach companies for discriminating customers”

Hakan Enüstün, Managing Director of H & H Touristik, member of the RDA Advisory Council for coach-flight trips:
“The new role for coach holiday wholesalers (Paketer) with combined trips“

Beat Blaser, Product Manager, Thomas Cook AG:
“Diversification in the coach tourism sector – travel concerns are rediscovering this market niche”

Andreas Sakkas, President Corps Touristique and Director of the Cyprus Tourist Board:
“Tourism marketing – a re-think: combined trips – potential for re-launching classic destinations and for including new holiday destinations”

Prof. Dr. Renate Frericks, Deacon of the Social Sciences Faculty and Head of the Applied Leisure Science international course of study at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen:
“Changing consumer behaviour – consequences for day-to-day business”

What promises to be a lively podium discussion on “Coach holidays are not on the way out: Innovations in the coach and group tourism sectors!” will be moderated by the witty, inimitable and ever-popular Prof. Dr. Harald Bartl, Chairman of the RDA Legal Committee and Scientific Director of the RDA Academy.

The Autostadt Concern Forum (www.autostadt.de) is an outstanding venue which offers superb possibilities for networking with colleagues and for discussions with speakers and panellists alike – before, during and after the “Day of Coach Tourism”. You can already enter the mood on the evening of Sunday, 8th January 2012, during the now traditional and popular pre-conference Get-together in the nearby “phaeno” exhibition centre and auditorium (www.phaeno.de).

RDA CEO Dieter Gauf has been responsible for the conception and organisation of the "Day of Coach Tourism" since 30 years. The Day of Coach Tourism target audience includes coach holiday and group travel operators, their contract and distribution partners, advisors, suppliers, coach outfitters and manufacturers on the one hand and tourism and destination marketing organisations on the other. The conference is also addressed to transport providers and tour operators who include coaches in their offerings – with a view to optimal co-operation and coach-friendly conditions; to members of the press, to politicians, officials and organisations who are concerned with group travel and economic development. Participation is gratis and open to trade members only.