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#13 - October 2011        


October is pretty intense for the bus and coach industry, with the 7th European Bus & Coach Forum on “Greening travel and tourism: policy and transport sectors contributions”. In this edition, see all the Forum’s presentations and speeches, including the keynote address by Isabelle Durant, Vice President of the European Parliament and member of the Greens Party.


You will also discover why VideoBusTour, the UK Resort of Southport and RSV won the IRU Global Awards that recognise public and private companies in the bus and coach industry for their innovation, best practices and excellence towards facilitating and promoting sustainable mobility.

Last but not least, the world’s largest bus and coach fair, Busworld, opened this week, featuring a ‘green path’ that showcases the latest technologies, products and concepts that focus on reductions in emissions and noise, fuel economy, recyclability and weight reduction developed by vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to further green mobility, travel and tourism.






Greening travel and tourism by doubling the use of buses and coaches
European transport and travel political and business leaders discuss the best policies and operational practices to further green the travel and tourism chain highlighting that buses and coaches offer the best transport solution for ensuring the sustainable mobility of European citizens.
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RSV Reutlingen, voted best bus company, wins IRU Bus Excellence Award

The IRU Bus Excellence Award 2011 went to the German company “Reutlingen Stadtverkehrsgesellschaft mbH Hogenmüller & Kull Co. KG (RSV)”, for its strong commitment to service quality and customer satisfaction achieved through innovative offers. In many cases, it delivered more than customers expected and helped change the mindsets of both customers and authorities.

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Southport (UK) awarded world's friendliest group tourism destination

The UK resort of Southport received the IRU City Trophy 2011 as the world’s most friendly city for group tourism. Their transport policy over the last decade has almost doubled the number of visiting tourist coaches (from 2883 to 5252) between 2000-2010.
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Videobustour - 2011 Coach Tourism Innovation champion
Videobustour, Germany’s “better city sightseeing tour” company, was this year’s winner for its innovative coach tourism service: “Discover a new form of city sightseeing – unique multimedia tours on buses with on-board video screens”, which couples a traditional sightseeing coach tour with modern multimedia tools.
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Busworld: 40 years as the world's largest exhibition of buses and coaches

This year marked the 40th anniversary of Busworld, the largest exhibition of buses and coaches in the world. The fully booked 2011 edition was held in Kortrijk, Belgium from October 21-26 and allowed visitors from all over to discover what’s new in the world of buses and coaches.
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Japan Bus Association (NBA) commended by the international Bus Excellence 2011 Jury

The Japan Bus Association (NBA) was recently commended by the international IRU Bus Excellence Award 2011 jury, for its involvement in the management of the post-crisis situation after the earthquake, the tsunami and the Fukushima power plant crash in March 2011 and the support offered to its members in the affected regions.
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Free bus rides across the Bay of Plenty for World Car Free Day

More than 11,000 passengers enjoyed a free ride on the bus on Thursday 22 September as part of World Car Free Day activities in the Bay of Plenty. The region's Bay Hopper and City Ride buses were made free for the entire day as a surprise to reward those committed to using public transport.
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London-Paris Eurolines: backing-up Eurostar

NATIONAL Express is operating around one hundred additional coaches during peak months to meet demand on its London to Paris service.
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Taking public transport can be anywhere from 10 to 20% less expensive than using your car?

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Busway opens and draws crowds

CAMBRIDGESHIRE’S guided busway offering a minimum 10-minute frequency between St Ives and Cambridge, and bypassing the notoriously busy A14 trunk road, opened last week. Services are operated by Stagecoach and Whippet Coaches on the 25-kilometre busway, which is the world’s longest.

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Kortrijk, Belgium, 20 October 2011



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