Declaration & Fact Sheets

Position Paper – European Coach Business – December 21th 2016


EACT Fact Sheets


Declaration of the foundation of the European Alliance for Coach Tourism

Coach travel fulfils important socio-political and economic functions. Small and medium-sized coach travel operators make a considerable contribution to the broad spread of tourism business and tourism development in holiday destinations. In this sense, they fulfil the goals of European tourism politics. The small and medium-sized coach tourism companies and their contract partners secure millions of jobs in Europe, among which are high-value jobs in coach manufacturing. The coaches employed are proven to be environment-friendly, road space-saving and comfortable as well as safe. Unfortunately, based on the facts, coaches and coach tourism do not receive adequate recognition either from the realm of politics or from the public at large. Leading federations, organisations and companies involved in and with the coach tourism sector have come together in an alliance in order to dismantle and to resist fiscal, taxation and administrative discrimination as well as to promote the image of the coach tourism sector / coach tourism system as a whole throughout Europe and to ensure the sector is not unfairly disadvantaged through fiscal taxation (VAT), application of road tolls, exclusion from cities through the introduction of Low Emission Zones, Access Permits and Parking Charges. It aims to share experience and exchange technical and operational knowledge, and co-operate with friendly federations and organizations.

1. The Name of the Alliance

European Alliance for Coach Tourism

2. Membership

Founding Members

B.A.A.V. Busworld, Mr. Luc Glorieux

CONFARTIGIANATO Autobus Operators, Mr. Willy Della Valle, President

CTC Coach Tourism Council, Mr. Sean Taggart, Chairman

CPT Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, Mr. Stephen Smith, Operations Director

F.B.A.A., Mr. Jean Wyns, President

RDA and IBV, Mr. Richard Eberhardt, President

FNTV ALSACE Fédération Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs d’Alsace, Mr. Paul ROYER, Co-President

Swedish National Coach Operators Organisation: Mr. Toni Schönfelder, President

Members are national / international federations and organizations, coach industry exhibitions, coach tourism and coach producing industry. The Alliance is open to new members (see Members).

3. Aims

To raise the efficacy of the representation of coach travel sector political interests on a European level; to prevent and to review, taxation, fiscal and administrative burdens and discriminatory measures which directly effect the Coach Tourism sector; and to improve the image of our industry in the public realm.

4. Tasks

4.1. Laws and taxation

Legislative and fiscal framework conditions

4.2. Access and environment

Unhindered access to cities and to visitor attractions (especially in view of environment protection zones and environment politics)

4.3. The Role of the Coach

Concentration on the role of coaches and the economic benefit they bring to the wider European tourist industry and differentiation vis-à-vis other modes of road transport

4.4. Competition and Image

Image improvement and competitiveness

4.5. Miscellaneous

Identification of further coach tourism tasks

5. Mode of Operation

5.1. Division of tasks

5.2. Mutual support

5.3. Regular meetings to discuss and decide upon future measures.

5.4. Specialist meetings: to exchange, augment and enhance know-how

6. Structures

Steering Committee – Presidium

Each organisation delegates leading representative/decision-maker. These decision-makers constitute the Presidium of the Alliance (Members of the Presidium)

The Presidium elects a Chairman and Co-Chairman for each year. The succession is on an annual sequence. Decision-making: The Presidium decides on issues of common interest for the agenda of tasks for the alliance.

Decisions are taken unanimously. The Presidium meets at least once, preferably twice, per annum to consult and decide on issues pertaining to the alliance. Decision-making can be organised in written circulation procedure.

Chairman: Willy Della Valle

Co-Chairman: Richard Eberhardt

7. Administration

Until further structures are established, the RDA serves as the administration/ secretariat of the alliance in accordance with the Presidium and the members involved. The secretariat coordinates the operation of members handling alliance tasks. Each organisation carries its own costs for participating in the alliance. Allocation of costs for agreed measures is decided by the Presidium.

Secretary General: Dieter Gauf

(July 2012)

8. Task Groups

EACT has established the following task groups:

Taxation Stephen Smith, Toni Schönfelder

Marketing Sean Taggart