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66th RDA AGM on 19th April 2017 in Friedrichshafen

RDA Members are kindly invited to attend this year’s RDA Annual General Meeting which will take place from 15.30 pm on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 in Messe Friedrichshafen – on the afternoon prior to...


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35th Day of Coach Tourism in Bremen / Bremerhaven

The 35th Day of Coach Tourism start-of-the-year RDA kick-off conference took place on Monday, 9th January 2017 in the wonderful GOP Varieté-Theater Bremen with an impressive B2B networking...


Position Paper – European Coach Business – December 21st 2016

The large European Bus & Coach Manufacturers support the European Alliance for Coach Tourism (EACT) and their national coach organizations to utilize environmental fuels GTL/HVO for all coaches...


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The final RDA Board meeting of 2016 took place in the Shell Technology Center in Hamburg, Germany. Issues discussed included the further development of the RDA Exhibitions and the EU Package Tours...

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66th RDA Annual General Meeting on 19th April 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany

The 66th RDA Annual General Meeting took place on 19th April 2017 in Friedrichshafen on scenic lake constance, Germany. This is were important future-oriented decisions were made. After 15 years of presidency, Richard Eberhardt withdrew from his position as RDA-President. The AGM elected a new president as well as further board members and decided about the use of the financial resources and the activities of the federation.

The RDA AGM elected the former Vicepresident Benedikt Esser to become the new president of the RDA International Coach Tourism Federation. Esser emphasized that the trade-only exhibitions in Cologne and Friedrichshafen are vital to the RDA. In regards to political matters, he identifies a special need for action concerning the trade tax addition. He would also like to avoid duplication of effort of the different federations and to reinforce the co-operation between the federations. Furthermore, the expansion of the portfolio of the RDA-Academy is on his agenda.

Moreover, Dr. Ulrich Basteck, Wörlitz Tourist, was elected as Vice-President. RDA treasurer, Bernhard Kirschbaum, stood as a candidate again and was reelected as RDA treasurer. Marco Schuy, Schuy Exclusiv Reisen Limburg, and Anna Marx, Narx Reisen Fridolfing, were elected to the board as new members.

At the end of the AGM, Konrad Behringer made the proposal to elect Richard Eberhardt as honorary president. This proposal was accepted by the AGM with standing ovations.

Following the AGM, there was the kick-off event for the RDA Group Travel Expo 2017 in Friedrichshafen. There were numerous new exhibitors present in Friedrichshafen in order to present their offers and innovations to the trade visitors.


Salmin Behrens
Phone: +49 221 91 27 72 11
Facsimile: +49 221 12 47 88
E-mail: international @rda .de

Moleturm Friedrichshafen (Foto: Tourist-Information Friedrichshafen)