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20 Oct 2017

IRU & Busworld Academy International Coach Conference

Kortrijk | IRU event

IRU & Busworld Academy International Coach Conference will gather together leading coach operators and manufacturers with city representatives to consider the role of coaches in urban mobility and to examine different technological developments for the greening of coach services.

IRU will also unveil its “Coach of the Future” initiative.

The event is part of the Busworld Europe exhibition. Conference participants receive free access to the exhibition.


09h00- 09h30

Registration & welcome coffee


09h30 - 10h00

Welcome words
  • Redgy Deschacht - Busworld President
  • Umberto de Pretto - IRU Secretary General

10h00 - 11h20

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 - Transport economics/ Tourism and mobility, City of Paris
  • Sergio Fernández Balaguer - Communication & Consultancy Department,  EMT Madrid
  • Allan Edmondson - Head of Transport, ETOA
  • Frans Schuitemaker - Managing Director, OAD
  • Kai Neumann - Advisor for Intercity Coaches and Coordinator IG Fernbus, BDO

11h20 - 11h35

Coffee break
  • 11h35 - 13h05

    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
    • Isbrand Ho - Managing Director, BYD Europe B.V
    • Tomas Byberg - CEO, Byberg & Nordin
    • Paul Cremers - CEO, Staf Cars

13h05 - 13h20

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


Kortrijk Xpo 
Doorniksesteenweg 216 
8500 Kortrijk 

ABA American Bus Association
ABA - American Bus Association
AFTRI Association Francaise du Transport Routier International
AFTRI - Association Française du Transport Routier International
BDO German Association of Bus and Coach Operators
BDO - German Association of Bus and Coach Operators
ETOA European tourism association
ETOA - European tourism association
FLEAA Federation Luxembourgeoise des Exploitants d Autobus et d Autocars
FLEAA - Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Exploitants d'Autobus et d'Autocars
FNTV Federation Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs
FNTV - Fédération Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs
KNV Koninklijk Nederlands Vervoer
KNV - Koninklijk Nederlands Vervoer
SBF Sveriges Bussforetag
SBF - Sveriges Bussforetag