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Travel and tourism creates seven million new jobs worldwide

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Synergies via close co-operation

AvD – Automobilclub von Deutschland (German Automobile Club)

The RDA works with the AvD in the context of RBI (RDA Bussafety Monitoring and Intervention) – a joint assistance programme aimed at preventing and overcoming emergency and crisis situations.

AvD Wirtschaftsdienst GmbH
Lyoner Straße 16
60528 Frankfurt on the Main

B.A.A.V. Busworld

Busworld was founded in 1971 and is the marketleader in worldwide exhibitions for bus and coach with exhibitions in Europe (Kortrijk), Turkey (Istanbul), Asia (Guangzhou), Russia (Nizhny Novgorod), and India (Mumbai). Busworld wants to serve as a global platform for the officials, professionals and representatives of the worldwide bus and coach building and operating industry

Kasteel van Rumbeke
Moorseelsesteenweg 2
8800 Roeselare

BAGSO – Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Senioren-Organisationen e.V. (German Society of Seniors Organisations)

BAGSO represents the interests of German seniors in politics, society and in the economy. It covers 100 member organisations with ca. 13 million older persons. The RDA works with BAGSO in the context of the Berlin Declaration and on demographic development themes.

BAGSO Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Senioren-Organisationen e.V.
Bonngasse 10
53111 Bonn

BundesForum Kinder- und Jugendreisen e.V. (German Forum for Children’s and Youth Travel)

The German Forum for Children’s and Youth Travel is an expert organisation for children’s and youth travel. Its associate members consist of umbrella organisations, agencies, clubs and associations who jointly develop and establish criteria for children’s and youth travel.

BundesForum Kinder- und Jugendreisen e.V
Senefelderstraße 14
10437 Berlin

BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (Confederation of German Industry)

The BDI is the top organisation for industrial corporations, companies and service providers. It has 37 member federations and represents the interests of more than 100,000 companies with over 8 million employees.

BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
Breite Straße 29
10178 Berlin

BTW – Bundesverband der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft e.V. (German Federal Tourism Federation)

The BTW is an umbrella organisation and spokesperson for the tourism industry in Germany. It represents the economic and socio-political interests of German tourism.  The RDA is a BTW member and is represented by RDA experts in the BTW Presidium, PR Committee, Tour Guiding Project and by the BTW European representative.

BTW – Bundesverband der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft e.V.
Am Weidendamm 1 A
10117 Berlin

bdo – Bundesverband Deutscher Omnibusunternehmer e.V. (German Bus and Coach Operators Federation)

The bdo is an umbrella body for the diverse German State Coach and Bus Operators Federations. It represents the business-political interests of the privately-owned German coach industry at national and international levels. The RDA works with the bdo in various committees. Both federations have a mutual collaboration agreement.

bdo – Bundesverband der Deutschen Omnibusunternehmen e.V.
Reinhardtstraße 25
10117 Berlin

BVGD - Bundesverband der Gästeführer in Deutschland e.V. (German National Tourist Guide Association)

The German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD) is the umbrella organization of local tourist guide organizations in Germany, representing approximately 6000 tourist guides (as of January 2014). The association safeguards the interests of its members at the national level and participates in important tourism panels in Germany, on the European level (FEG) and worldwite (WFTGA). In order to assure and improve the quality of tourist guides, the association has developed a training concept based on European standard EN 15565, which awards the BVGD certificate DIN EN 15565. Tourist Guides with BVGD ID Card are qualified Tourist Guides.
The BVGD is a member organization of the RDA.

Bundesverband der Gästeführer in Deutschland e.V. (BVGD)
Gustav-Adolf-Str. 33
90439 Nürnberg

Car Tourisme Suisse - Car Group ASTAG

The ASTAG emerged from the Verband Schweizerischer Motorlastwagenbesitzer, ASPA (Swiss Lorry Owners Association), established in 1929 and the Treuhandverband des Autotransportgewerbes, TAG (Auto Industry Transport Trust) in 1979. ASTAG has 4,400 members in 18 sections. Its Head Office is located in the Swiss capital Bern.

ASTAG Schweizerischer Nutzfahrzeugverband
Weissenbühlweg 3
3007 Bern

CPT – Conferation of Passenger Transport UK

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is recognised by the UK Government as the voice of the coach, bus and light rail industries and is the focus for consultation and negotiation on national and international legislation, local regulations, operational practices and engineering standards.

CPT – Confederation of Passenger Transport UK
Drury House
34-43 Russell Street
Great Britain

CTA Coach Tourism Association UK

National, regional and family-run companies from the UK are among nearly 150 coach tour operator members of the Coach Tourism Association, which was set up 23 years ago as Coach Tourism Council to promote travel and tourism by coach. They work closely with another 150 companies and organisations who are also members. They include national and regional Tourist Offices, attractions and destinations, hotels, tour wholesalers, ferry and fixed link operators, ports, ticket agencies and professional advisers.

Coach Tourism Association
Trading as Coach Tourism Association Ltd
PO Box 972A
Thames Ditton

DEHOGA – Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband e.V. (German Hotels and Restaurants Federation)

The Federal DEHOGA federation is divided into 17 State Federations and three trade federations: German Hotel Federation (IHA), Union of Autobahn Service Station Tenants (UNIPAS) and Federation of International Caterers in Germany (V.I.C.). DEHOGA members’ specialist needs are looked after by four expert departments: System Catering, Social Catering, Railway Station Catering and Discotheques.

Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband e.V.
DEHOGA Bundesverband
Am Weidendamm 1 a
10117 Berlin

DRV – Deutscher ReiseVerband e.V. (German Tour Operators and Travel Agents Federation)

The DRV represents the interests of medium-sized and large companies engaged in the travel business vis-à-vis national and international suppliers and vis-à-vis national, European and international politics. It was founded in 1950 in Frankfurt on the Main and is the largest organisation representing tour operators and travel agents in Germany. The RDA is a co-operative DRV member and is represented in varying committees and in the DRV Board. 

DRV – Deutscher ReiseVerband e.V.
Albrechtstraße 10a
10117 Berlin

DTV – Deutscher Tourismusverband e.V. (German Tourism Federation)

German tourism organisations in the Federal States are organised in the DTV together with more than 6,000 tourism relevant towns, cities and communes. The DTV is a trade federation representing the interests of public-owned tourism. It engages in all areas that have to do with “Holidays and Travel” within Germany.
The RDA is a co-operative DTV member and is represented in the Transport Committee.

DTV – Deutscher Tourismusverband e.V.
Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 13
53111 Bonn

DVWG – Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e.V. (German Transport Science Society)

The DVWG is a union of scientists, practitioners and interested persons from diverse fields of transportation. The society has 3,500 individual and corporate members drawn from the transport business, transport science, industry, trade, federations and transport authorities. The society’s aim is to promote transport science in all fields.
The RDA is a DVWG member.

DVWG – Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e.V.
Leipziger Str. 61
10117 Berlin

DZT – Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (German National Tourist Office)

The DZT promotes tourism to and domestic tourism within Germany on behalf of the Federal German Government. Its strategic foundation is demand-based marketing of nationwide holiday themes in Germany.
The RDA is a DZT member and is represented with by the RDA “Coach Tourism Aisle” at the German Travel Mart (GTM). It also works with the DZT at the ITB Berlin and the RDA-Workshop.

DZT – Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Beethovenstraße 69
60325 Frankfurt on the Main

EACT European Alliance for Coach Tourism

In July 2012 leading European federations and organisations have joined in an alliance to hinder fiscal, taxation and administrative barriers to coach tourism and to promote the image of coach holiday travel. The EACT goal is to develop and engage in joint initiatives and measures and to share expertise, know-how and experience. The EACT also invites active participation and co-operation with related organizations and industry federations.

Members are:

B.A.A.V Busworld: Luc Glorieux, Belgium
CONFARTIGIANATO Autobus Operators: Willy Della Valle, Italy
CTA Coach Tourism Association: Chris Wales, UK
CPT Confederation of Passenger Transport UK: Stephen Smith, UK
F.B.A.A.: Belgium
RDA: Richard Eberhardt, Germany
FNTV Fédération Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs, Paul Royer
Swedish National Coach Organization: Toni Schönfelder, Sweden                       
MUISZ – Association of Hungarian Travel Agencies: Gabriella Molnár, Hungary
ETOA – European Tour Operators Association:Tom Jenkins, EU
CTTC: Kevin Traynor, Ireland

EACT European Alliance for Coach Tourism
Hohenstaufenring 47-51D-50674 Cologne

ETOA European Tour Operators Association

The European Tour Operators Association was founded in 1989 by a group of UK tour operators who sought representation in Europe. ETOA remains the only UK trade association offering European representation for the interests of inbound and intra-European tour operators, wholesalers and their European suppliers. ETOA currently has some 800 members. ETOA organises seminars, business networking and the annual Global European Marketplace (GEM) Workshop – one of the largest B2B trade-only events for the UK-European tourism sector.

ETOA - European Tour Operators Association
6 Weighhouse St
London W1K 5LT
United Kingdom and

F.B.A.A. Belgian Bus and Coach Operators Federation

F.B.A.A. Fédération Belge des exploitants d’Autobus et d’Autocars et des Organisateurs de Voyages
Avenue de la Métrologie 8
1130 Brussels

FUR – Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen e.V. (Research Society on Holidays and Travel)

The FUR was established in 1994 to promote and enable neutral, cross-branch and continual examination of travel behaviour in Germany. The FUR is the largest non-commercial organisation and commissioner of tourism research. The RDA, as a founding member, is represented on the FUR Board and in various FUR planning groups.

FUR – Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen e.V.
Fleethörn 23
24103 Kiel

gbk – Gütegemeinschaft Buskomfort e.V. (Coach Quality Association)

The gbk awards and controls the stars of the RAL quality symbol. Its most important task is to oversee neutral examination of quality standards. The RDA is a founding member. The RDA and gbk concluded the “Frankfurt Agreement” on 19th December 2007. This agreement covers RDA / gbk co-operation within institutional structures that offer a division of work responsibilities and concrete advantages for RDA and gbk members. The gbk is an associate RDA member. Gbk members who are not already RDA members are represented in the new RDA A4 membership category.

gbk – Gütegemeinschaft Buskomfort e.V.
Dornierstr. 3
71034 Böblingen

ITB – Internationale Tourismus Börse

The ITB Berlin is the leading international travel trade exhibition worldwide.
The RDA has a seat on the ITB Expert Advisory Council. 

ITB – Internationale Tourismus-Börse
Messe Berlin GmbH
Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin

MUISZ – Association of Hungarian Travel Agents and Tour Operators

MUISZ was established in 1974. At present there are approximately 1,150 registered and legally operating travel enterprises in Hungary. Some 250 of these companies are MUISZ members. These handle over 85 per cent of the total turnover of organized travel in Hungary. The industry has undergone specialisation with companies specializing in certain destinations, inbound or outbound traffic. MUISZ is an RDA member.

MUISZ – Magyar Utazásszervezők és Utazásközvetítők Szövetsége
Jagello u.1-3
1123 Budapest

FNTV Fédération Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs

The National Passenger Transport Federation is the leading French organisation for coach travel. It fosters and represents the interest of the 3000 companies in the coach travel industy. Further, the FNTV ensures the safety and comfort of coach travellers. Since 1992, the the FNTV takes measures in the different policial regional, national, and european levels.


Fédération Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs
106, rue d’Amsterdam
75009 Paris

Swedish National Coach Organisation

The Swedish National Coach Organisation supports the abatement of many laws passed within the last 15 years. The Organisation was founded by 70 coach operators, which hold a 70-80% share of the Swedish coach market, and solely represents the interests of coach operators.


Swedish National Coach Organization (SB)Adress: Södra Larmgatan 16, 1th floor SE 411 16 Göteborg /

VFF Association of Ferry Operators and Ferry Tourism

The Association of Ferry Operators and Ferry Tourism is a coalition of German and international ferry companies who are active in the German passenger market, as well as their partners and ferry enthusiasts from all areas of business and public life. Founded by 15 ferry companies in 1995, the VFF today has 50 members.

Verband der Fährschifffahrt und Fährtouristik e.V.
Gotenstraße 11
20097 Hamburg


Dieter Gauf
Tel.: +49 221 6201221
Fax: +49 221 6201389
E-mail: dieter.gauf @gauf-germany .de