RDA Annual Conference 2022

24th - 26th October 2022
in Mannheim

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, energy prices are skyrocketing, inflation is galloping away and the ECB is raising its key interest rate at a historic pace. This is creating financial burdens for the economy and society that most can hardly bear now that the two-year corona pandemic is over.

At the RDA Annual Conference from 24th - 26th October 2022 in Mannheim, we will talk and discuss with renowned and top-class experts about the Ukraine war and its consequences, the desire to travel in times of crisis, the holiday potential of coach travel, insolvency protection in difficult times, the situation of incoming tourism after COVID-19 and the current state of development of electrified coaches. We will also visit the EvoBus production site and the grounds of BUGA 23 in Mannheim.

The RDA Annual General Meeting, which will take place during the RDA Annual Conference, will deal with association matters and news about the RDA. The documents for the RDA Annual General Meeting will be sent separately.

Secure your place at the RDA Annual Conference 2022 in Mannheim today. Exciting presentations and issues, interesting excursions and an attractive supporting programme will inspire you.

Programme and registration form for download

Programme                                    PDF Registration form                                   Fillable Registration form

Overview of the programme of the RDA Annual Conference 2022 in Mannheim

 

24th October 2022 – Pre-evening programme

  • from 7.00 p.m.
    RDA Brewhouse Evening at Eichbaum Brauhaus

25th October 2022 – Conference programme at Mannheim Baroque Palace

  • from 9.00 a.m.
    Admittance & Registration for the RDA Annual General Meeting
  • 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
    RDA Annual General Meeting in the Knights‘ Hall (for members only)
  • 12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Lunch & Networking in the Garden Hall
  • 1.30 p.m. – 3.10 p.m.
    Conference programme I
  • 3.10 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
    Coffee break
  • 3.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
    Conference programme II
  • 5.00 p.m.
    End of the conference programme

25th October 2022 – Conference programme (in German)

  • 1.30 p.m.
    Welcoming the participants
    Benedikt Esser, RDA President
  • 1.40 p.m.
    Turning point, Putin‘s war and the consequences
    Rüdiger von Fritsch, former Ambassador of Germany in Russia (2014 – 2019)
    Rüdiger von Fritsch was Germany‘s ambassador in Moscow for five years and also represented the German interests vis-à-vis Russia‘s President Putin. After retiring in the summer of 2019, the exceptional diplomat is now a partner at „Berlin Global Advisors“, a management consultancy for geopolitics and government affairs.
  • 2.15 p.m.
    Inflation, energy prices, Ukraine war – travel in times of crisis
    Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D., President of the German Institute for Economic Research
    Marcel Fratzscher is President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) – one of the leading and independent economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe – and Professor of Macroeconomics at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is one of the best-published German-speaking economists and has received numerous awards for his academic and publishing work.
  • 2.50 p.m.
    Panel discussion
    Rüdiger von Fritsch, former Ambassador of Germany in Russia
    Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D., President of the German Institute for Economic Research
  • 3.10 p.m.
    Coffee break
  • 3.30 p.m.
    The coach has holiday potential!
    Prof. Dr. Martin Lohmann, Graduate psychologist and scientific advisor to the FUR
    Martin Lohmann is a holiday researcher with decades of experience. He is scientific advisor for the German study „Reiseanalyse“ of the Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen e.V. and has been the director of the NIT, Institute for Tourism and Spa Research in Northern Europe, in Kiel for many years as well as professor of business psychology at the Leuphana University Lüneburg.
  • 3.50 p.m.
    GNTB Germany – Incoming tourism after COVID-19
    Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB)
    Since 2003, Petra Hedorfer is Chief Executive Officer of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). In this role, she promotes the digital transformation within the company as well as throughout the entire value chain of German incoming tourism. Closely linked to digitalisation is her commitment to the sustainable transformation of tourism, which combines resource-conserving behaviour with social responsibility. Petra Hedorfer studied economics and social sciences at the University of Augsburg.
  • 4.10 p.m.
    DRSF – Insolvency insurance in difficult times
    Dr. Andreas Gent, Managing Director Deutscher Reisesicherungsfonds (DRSF)
    Dr. Andreas Gent studied law and was a member of the Management Board of the HanseMerkur Insurance Group for 20 years, where he was responsible for travel insurance sales, among other things. In June 2019, he transferred to the Supervisory Board of HanseMerkur. Since May of last year, Dr. Gent has been Managing Director of the Deutscher Reissesicherungsfonds (DRSF).
  • 4.30 p.m.
    Electrification of the coach
    Heinz Kiess, Head of Product Marketing Bus at MAN Truck & Bus SE
    Heinz Kiess has been working in the coach industry for 30 years and has already gained experience in the areas of marketing and sales with various coach manufacturers. He has been with MAN for 16 years and took over the position of Head of Product Marketing Bus as of February 2022
  • 5.00 p.m.
    End of the conference programme

25th October 2022 – Evening programme

  • from 7.00 p.m.
    RDA Evening at bootshaus Mannheim

26th October 2022 – EvoBus & BUGA 23 in Mannheim

  • from 9.00 a.m.
    Transfer from the conference hotels to the EvoBus production site
  • „10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
    Tour of the EvoBus production site in Mannheim
  • „11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
    EvoBus e-coach concept
    Presentation by Alexander Pöschl, Head of Marketing, Product Management & Order Center Daimler Truck / EvoBus GmbH, and subsequent discussion
  • „12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.
    Light lunch
  • „1.30/1.45 p.m.
    Transfer to the BUGA 23 grounds
  • „2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
    Guided tour of the BUGA 23 grounds
  • 4.00 p.m.
    Transfer back to the conference hotels or independent departure

Contact person

Kathrin Aufderheide

Marketing & International Affairs

+49 (0)221 912772-21
kathrin.aufderheide@rda.de

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