Coach tourism is facing challenging times, although a renewed attention for group tourism by coach is clearly felt in the market. Difficult access regulations for coaches in city centres and the new drive and rest time regulations for coach drivers promise to be logistical nuisance. 

Via the organisation of business meetings within this conference, coach operators and tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, etc. in Flanders and France are able to meet and negotiate. A stronger collaboration with long term partnerships between different tourist stakeholders can strengthen the market position of coach tourism. 

Join us!



Simultaneous translation English - French will be available for this event.


14:00 - Welcome & Introduction

  • Jan Deman, Busworld Foundation, Director


14:20 - EU Policy on the Access to Cities for Coaches

  • European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport, Isabelle Vandoorne, Deputy Head of Unit


14:40 - The New EU Drive and Rest Time Regulations for Coach Drivers

  • IRU, Oleg Kamberski, Head of Social Affairs


15:00 - The Future of Group Tourism in Europe

  • XFives / University of Strasbourg, Stephane Badts, Director


15:30 - Network Event

Welcome & Practicalities

A network event between coach operators and tourism stakeholders (hotels, attractions, restaurants, …) from Flanders and the French Region Grand Est.

  • Welcome by Grand Est Regional Tourism Agency, Peter Boendermaker, Deputy General Director and Director of Offer Development & Structuring Projects


15:45 - Start Networking & Matchmaking


17:00 - Reception & Tasting

The delegation of tourism stakeholders of Grand Est invite you for a tasting of drinks and regional delicacies.



In collaboration with

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