Smart Move Awards finalists
25 finalists from 13 countries on three continents enter the final stage of the global IRU Smart Move Awards 2013 competition
2 July 2013 - Five cities and 20 companies from 13 countries on three continents1 have been selected for the final round of the global IRU Smart Move Awards 2013 competition. The three international juries will now have two months to evaluate the quality of these exceptional candidates, and decide on the winners.
The IRU City Trophy Award 2013 rewards municipal authorities that implement proactive policies for sustainable group tourism by coach.
The IRU Bus Excellence Award 2013 promotes high quality, cost-effective and innovative projects from public or private bus/coach companies that allow a greater use of regular urban and interurban public transport by bus and coach.
The IRU Coach Tourism Innovation Award 2013 recognises any private transport company worldwide that implements best practices leading to a greater use of group tourism by coach.
IRU Vice President and President of the IRU Passenger Transport Council (CTP), Yves Mannaerts, said, “The sheer number of the finalists entering the last round of the competition is already an indication that innovation and quality are widespread within the sector and, increasingly, at city level. That was exactly the objective of creating these awards: to encourage, highlight and spread excellence within our sector and with decision-makers at all levels, demonstrating the commitment of the bus and coach industry and authorities to develop best practices that meet the increasing demand for sustainable, super-friendly and passenger focused mobility. ”
Winners will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the largest global bus and coach show in the world, Busworld Kortrijk (Belgium), on 17 October.
1 Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Jordan, FYR of Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and USA.