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36th Day of Coach Tourism – speaker line-up

Photo: Saarbrücker Schloss © Lutz

The 36th Day of Coach Tourism start-of-year conference will take place on Monday, 8th January 2018 in the Saarbrücker Schloss, with an informal B2B networking get-together on the evening of Sunday, 7th January 2018 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger HütteEuropean Centre for Art and Industrial Culture. Further information at 

The subject of this popular industry event is “Thematic Tours – The Domain of Coach and Group Tourism?” 

Event hosts are Visit Saarland ( and the Saarbrücker Schloss (

The expert speaker line-up is as follows:

Welcoming Address
Anke Rehlinger, Minister of Economics, Labour, Energy and Transport of the Saarland, Deputy Prime Minister

Dieter Gauf, RDA CEO

Impulse Lecture
Christian Stückl, Director of Oberammergauer Passion Plays
‘Enthusiasm decides – Secrets of the “Greatest story ever told” in themed and event tourism’

Johannes Hübner, RBI Safety Management Expert and Organiser of the International Concours d’Elegance Classic-Gala

Themes – Theses – Interjections

Dr. Ulrich Basteck, Wörlitz Tourist GmbH & Co. KG and RDA Vice-President
‘Success with thematic tours – Ideas that inspire’

Roger Kopf, Kopf Reisen AG, President Car Tourisme Suisse
‘Perspectives of an international tour operator’

Tina Behringer, Behringer Touristik GmbH & Co. KG, President VPR International Group Travel Wholesalers Association e.V.
‘Group Travel Wholesalers: Idea providers and tourism suppliers’

Claudia Schwarz, Chairwoman UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany e.V.
‘World Heritage Sites ennoble themed tours’

Daniela Topp-Burghardt, Chairwoman Ring Europäischer Frauen e.V.
‘Why I do not organise standardised tours’

Prof. Dr. Harald Bartl, Lawyer, Travel Law Expert
‘Themed Tours – Platform for black tourism and plagiarism’

Participation at the 36th Day of Coach Tourism 2018 is free of charge and open to trade members only.

Your considered input and own ideas are most appreciated and are very welcome in advance of the event. So please contact RDA CEO and Day of Coach Tourism initiator Dieter Gauf if you would like to make such a contribution (dieter.gauf @gauf-germany .de).

Further information and registration: 

Information about Saarbrücken:
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UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte:

Twitter Hashtag: #tagderbustouristik


Annette Heinemann
Phone: +49 2244 90 33 33
Facsimile: +49 2244 87 74 22

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