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IRU & Busworld Academy

International Coach Conference


20 October 2017


Kortrijk Xpo Meeting Center - Kortrijk, Belgium

 In the framework of the Busworld Europe exhibition





09.00 - 09.30 Registration & welcome coffee
09.30 - 10.00 Welcome words

Redgy Deschacht - Busworld President


Umberto de Pretto - IRU Secretary General 

10.00 - 11.20 Session I: Coaches and cities: friends or foes?
Coach operators and city representatives will debate the place of coaches in urban mobility and planning. The focus will be the significant contribution to local economies of group tourism by coach and the challenges faced by the coach sector, such as city access and traffic restrictions in parts of Europe.

Keynote speech

BDO study on group tourism by coach: results and recommendations - Nina Jaschke, Tourism and Statistics, BDO


Panel Debate

  • Damien Pons - Economie des Transports / Mobilité Touristique, City of Paris
  • Sergio Fernández Balaguer - Proyectos de Investigación · Dirección de Comunicación y Consultoría,  EMT Madrid
  • Allan Edmondson - Head of Transport, ETOA
  • Frans Schuitemaker - Managing Director, OAD
11.20 - 11.35 Coffee break
11.35 - 13.05 Session II: The clean coach of the future: development and deployment

Aspiring to eco-friendly vehicles, coach operators and vehicle manufacturers will analyse potential technological developments such as alternative fuels and propulsion systems for coaches. Current and future business cases for their deployment as well as business recommendations on how to achieve low-emission long-distance coach services will also be discussed.


Keynote speech

The coach of the future: preliminary results of the IRU study - ISINNOVA


Panel Debate

  • Håkan Agnevall - President, Volvo Bus Corporation, ACEA Chairman Buses and Coaches
  • Shao Nengqiang - Product Manager of European & American Division, Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd
  • BYD  representative
  • Tomas Byberg - CEO, Byberg & Nordin
  • Paul Cremers - CEO, Staf Cars
13.05 - 13.20 Conclusions


Join us for refreshments after the event at the IRU stand (Hall Rambla North - R30).








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