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 Preliminary Programme


Welcome coffee


10:30 Opening words

Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General


10:40 First interactive panel debate: Current situation, market potential, opportunities
  Alain Libéros, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Unit E1, Tourism Policy


Keynote presentation on seniors’ travel specificity, expectations and market: a research presentation
Jamil Benabdallah, Director,Deténte Consultants SRL


The coach tourism business perspective on the seniors travel market

Jean-François Defour, General Director, Voyages Léonard & Sales-Lentz Travel 



Second interactive panel debate: Practical problems and solutions to bring seniors on board



The view of European tour organisers
Tom Jenkins, CEO ETOA



The view from inside and outside: the customers’ and business’ perspectives
Anssi Manninen, Bussi-Manninen Oy, Finland



The eCalypso platform and website – new business opportunities
Danny Silva, Project Manager, ISTO/OITS



Concluding remarks


Victor S. Parra, President and Chief Executive Officer, US United Motorcoach Association

Yves Mannaerts, IRU Vice President



Buffet lunch



Guided VIP visit for Forum participants of selected Busworld exhibition stands
(having been awarded the “INNOVATION” label)


Click here to register now!



Room MC3 and MC4 Kortrijk Xpo Meeting Center, Kortrijk
Thursday, 17 October 2013

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