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RDA Internetional Coach Tourism Federation

Company Profile

Recommendation for coach hire and successful business with the German coach tourism industry

The RDA International Coach Tourism Federation e.V. (founded in 1951) epresents the interests of around 3,000 affiliated companies from over 70 branches in more than 40 countries. Leading coach tour operators and their trade partners benefit from RDA’s active lobbying, innovation and service network. It also organises the RDA workshop, Europe's largest trade fair for coach tourism.

RDA members save considerable business costs by availing of RDA member services, industry know-how, business networking, international contacts and expert consultancy.

RDA members have direct and speedy access to specialist knowledge in the fields of marketing, research, development, sales, purchasing, EU initiatives, climate protection, fiscal, legal and insurance issues.

A great RDA membership benefit is access to a vast and valuable European network of business contacts, market intelligence and representation of member interests. The RDA has regular liaison and intense co-operation with allied European federations, sister associations and other opinion leaders. RDA membership is an interesting proposition for any international tour operator working with German service providers – for an annual membership fee of only € 365.

Brands / Products / Services

The RDA offers members a wide range of innovative and hands-on business-to-business member services including:

Networking Platforms
RDA-Workshop, Annual General Meeting, Day of Coach Tourism, Regional Meetings

Market Information

Market Research
Market structures, travel behavior e.g. current findings established considerable additional demand for combined travel by coach and airplane

Legal and Taxation Advice
On booking terms and conditions, hotel contracts, coach hire, consumer rights, competition issues or EU regulations competition issues or EU regulations etc. RDA Guidelines, e.g. “Incoming Business – Practical and Legal Considerations”

Lobbying activities
For example: measures to secure freedom of movement for tour operators within Europe; measures to counter restrictions on coach travel (e.g. bans on tour coaches in several European city centres); and presentations for governments, external institutions and various authorities

Press and Public Relations

Expert seminars on business and market development, sales and marketing themes, training packages for tour managers and tour coach drivers

Participation options at RDA-Workshop
Exhibiting at RDA-Workshop, the leading sales and purchasing fair for European coach tourism, is exclusive to RDA members only. Trade visitors are welcome.

At RDA-Workshop some 1,100 exhibitors from 55 nations present their services for coach tour operators and incoming operators.


Information on Coach Travel
There are some 4,000 coach companies in Germany, most of which provide local and commuter services, hire coaches for excursions and occasionally act as sub-contractors to tour operators. Approximately 1,000 coach operators regularly organise package tours throughout most of Europe and some operators also organise tours to non-European destinations. Coaches in Germany are built to the highest standard in terms of technology, comfort and safety. Coach holidays are comfortable, climate and environment-friendly.

German coach companies operate about 20,000 touring coaches (of which almost 1,200 are classified).

The place of a company’s registration should not be a barrier to trade, as German coach operators are able to operate throughout Europe. Most coach operators are registered at their operating site, which is often not in the immediate vicinity of a gateway. Consequently, some international customers miss the opportunity to make contact with a potential supplier by not extending their search to the surrounding regions. Due to the cost structure of coach travel, it may often be feasible to award contracts for longer tours to operators located further away. Firms located near highly frequented gateways may, however, have accumulated expertise and experience in the incoming business.

Most coach operators are interested in incoming contracts and can handle simple incoming transportation requirements. For more complex requirements involving round trips, international travel, multilingual drivers/driver-guides and ancillary services, we recommend the services of a professional incoming operator. Contact data is available from RDA.


RDA International Coach Tourism Federation

Hohenstaufenring 47 – 51
50674 Köln

Phone +49 221 912772-0
Fax +49 221 124788