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20.11.2019

RDA presents stable number of members and sound finances at the 68th RDA Annual General Meeting

Photo: Impression of the 68th RDA Annual General Meeting in Augsburg

Photo: RDA Image Campaign "ich Bus in Urlaub"

Photo: Benedikt Esser thanks Dieter Gauf

At the 68th RDA Annual General Meeting which took place on 18th November 2019 at the State Textile and Industry Museum in Augsburg, the RDA board presented a stable number of members and sound finances of the federation. Furthermore RDA President Benedikt Esser informed the participating members about the different activities of the federation and talked about future projects. In this context, he announced in particular a new image campaign of the RDA which aims to strengthen the coach as the most environmentally friendly mode of transport.

RDA Image Campaign strengthens the climate-friendly coach
During the launch of the new RDA Image Campaign "ich Bus in Urlaub", Esser highlighted the importance of the destinations within the RDA: "Together with the destinations we can raise the public awareness of the coach as the climate-friendly mode of transport. All RDA members will sustainably benefit from this."

RDA Group Travel Expos with broad coverage
While looking back on the activities, Esser emphasised the importance of the different alliances and collaborations and underlined once again the unique offer of the federation for its members: “The RDA Group Travel Expo is the leading travel exhibition for coach and group tourism in the German-speaking market. With the locations of Friedrichshafen and Cologne, we reach the broadest coverage in terms of visitors in the market.” Other important pillars in the portfolio of the federation are the RDA legal advice, RDA emergency assistance and the online platform bus.de, which is increasingly used by members.

Farewell of Dieter Gauf
With standing ovations, the participants of the RDA Annual General Meeting thanked Dieter Gauf who has been leading the federation for 33 years: “You have established the RDA in Berlin and Brussels on an international level. Thanks to your efforts, the RDA has become strong. We are proud and thank you for your engagement“, honoured President Benedikt Esser Gauf’s life work for the federation.

Motions to amend the RDA constitution without majority
The motions to amend the constitution of the federation failed to get the required majority. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) voted against the transfer of voting rights and against the determination of the date of the AGM within the RDA constitution.

The 69th RDA Annual General Meeting will take place on 20th April 2020 in Friedrichshafen.

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