RDA General Meeting
Due to the decisions of the Minister President's Conference regarding the extension of the COVID-19 infection protection measures and in view of the incidence rates in North Rhine-Westphalia, the RDA Annual General Meeting that was scheduled for 11th January 2021 in Duisburg will be postponed to the end of February 2021 in Berlin.
The RDA Board believes that the measures decided upon by the conference stand in the way of a responsible realisation of the RDA Annual General Meeting as a face-to-face event in Duisburg in January 2021.
The new date will be within the week of the German Bundestag session from 22nd to 26th February 2021, in order to allow politicians to attend the Annual General Meeting. In addition to the regulations, the Annual General Meeting will cover the management of the corona pandemic, the aid programmes of the Federal Government and an outlook on the restart of coach and group tourism.
68th RDA Annual General Meeting
At the 68th RDA Annual General Meeting, which took place on 18th November 2019 at the Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum (tim) in Augsburg, the RDA Board presented stable membership figures and a solid financial situation. RDA President Benedikt Esser reported on numerous federation activities and presented future projects. In particular, he highlighted the RDA's new image campaign "Ich Bus in Urlaub", which will strengthen the coach as the most climate-friendly means of transport in the long term.
Campaign "No to the holiday tax!" achieves goal
The RDA campaign "No to the holiday tax!" anchored the unwieldy topic of the trade tax addition of hotel services in politics and society in a striking way. Leading media such as the FAZ, the Handelsblatt and Die Welt reported, in some cases several times nationwide. Radio and television stations took up the topic. Political debates in state parliaments and the Bundestag were the result. RDA President Esser: "The campaign objective was achieved and the Federal Court of Finance (BFH) judgement is now available. The matter has been decided in our favour and must now be applied to all. We therefore call on Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) to publish the ruling immediately".
Image campaign "Ich Bus in Urlaub" strengthens the climate-friendly coach
When presenting the new RDA image campaign "Ich Bus in Urlaub" (I Bus on Holiday), Esser emphasised the importance of the destinations within the RDA: "Together with the destinations, we can strengthen public awareness of the climate-friendly coach. All RDA members will benefit from this in the long term".
RDA trade fairs with a wide reach
Looking back on the activities, Esser emphasised the importance of the RDA's various alliances and cooperations and once again highlighted the unique range of services offered to members: "The RDA Group Travel Expo is the leading travel trade fair for coach and group tourism in the German-speaking market. With our locations in Friedrichshafen and Cologne we achieve the highest visitor reach in the market". Other important elements in the portfolio are legal advice, RDA emergency assistance and the bus.de platform, the use of which is steadily increasing.
Farewell of Dieter Gauf
The RDA General Annual Meeting gave a standing ovation to Dieter Gauf, who, as its long-standing General Manager, had guided the fate of the federation for 33 years: "You have brought the RDA to the political arena in Berlin and Brussels and firmly established it. Your performance has made the RDA strong. We are proud of it and thank you for it in the highest degree," said President Esser in honour of Dieter Gauf's life's work.
Proposals for amendments to the RDA Constitution without a majority
The motions to amend the RDA Constitution did not receive a majority. The Annual General Meeting voted against the transfer of voting rights and the setting of the dates for meetings in the RDA Constitution.