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The Danube Tourist Commission in co-operation with the Hungarian National Tourist Office hosted the fourteenth annual Danube Shipping Conference and the fourth Danube Biking and Hiking Conference in Budapest, from November 30 until December 3. More than 200 international Danube tourism experts came to the event and spent the remains of the successful season.
On the occasion of the official opening, the president of the Tourist Commission, Prof. Gerhard Skoff announced a change the conferences’ names: „The established Danube Shipping Conference and Danube Hiking and Biking Conference will be merged into one event and renamed as 1st International Danube Tourism Conference. The subject of tourism cannot be divided. One is only successful when networks can be established. Therefore this conference should function as a platform for the entire tourism along the Danube, whether ashore, on water, by bike or by foot, whether in terms of culture, cuisine or adventure. Due to this variety and flexibility, the International Danube Tourism Conference will support and further develop tourism along the Danube“.
The Hungarian hosts convinced more than 200 international participants from the Danube countries by offering excellent organisation and a cordial hospitality on spot.
The president of the International Tourist Commission DIE DONAU Prof. Gerhard Skoff and the organiser of this event Secretary General of DIE DONAU Bettina Schuckert, are proud and delighted to present the high number of exclusive presentations about up to date topics such as the EU Danube Strategy, recycling, the water quality of the Danube, the EU Passenger rights on river cruises, Schengen and custom controls, as well as many ashore topics such as the presentations of the Liszt year 2011 in Hungary, the Danube city Bratislava and new developments regarding the beautiful Wachau region in Austria.
Particularly interesting were presentations about the additional offers for river cruise travellers, for example guided city tours by bike in Budapest or the combination of river cruises and wellness or the further development of the Danube cycling route (Euro Velo 6) and the strong focus of Danube hiking trails in Germany, Austria and Romania.
All those presentations provided useful information and inputs for developers of cruise ship journeys for creating future programs.
With 40 top class experts, the 4th Hiking and Biking Conference was also very well visited.
After a successful season in 2010, nearly all participants are optimistic regarding the new year, not only because of the good booking situation.
Since 2004 the Danube Shipping Conference—the premiere event for international river cruise tourism on the Danube—has provided a fitting occasion to honour those who have rendered extraordinary service to the Danube and the Danube Tourist Commission.
This year Prof. Skoff awarded the prestigious Pro Danubio prize to Dr. Eugen Scherer who is in charge of the Cultur & Science Department in the working group of the Danube countries (ARGE Donauländer) and Katalin Pintér, managing director of Gerbeaud in Budapest.
For further information please contact:
DIE DONAU – Danube Tourist Commission
Wiedner Hauptstraße 120-124/ 4. OG
1050 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43/650/ 728 33 73
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Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends of the Danube!
There are many news in the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION and we take the opportunity of communicating this in our brandnew Danube Press Service for the month of June. By the end of July you will receive our next press release in the usual way again.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us; we will be more than happy to assist you in any questions regarding the Danube river – from its tiny origin to the mouth of the river.
Thank you for the kind attention you give to this information and I remain with summer greetings
These days the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION is celebrating its 40 years anniversary. Over 100 international guests attended the celebrations which took place in the magnificent Palais Daun-Kinsky in Vienna. Dr. Erhard Busek who witnessed the development of the Danube region, gave an interesting and very much acclaimed speech. From the days of the iron curtain up to the new strategy of the European Union for the Danube region, DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION was and is a competent partner for all questions regarding the river and its river banks.
After 26 years working as a Secretary General in the Commission, Mrs. Ursula Deutsch retired recently, followed by Mrs. Bettina Schuckert who took over with June 1st. Also in future, the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION will continue to work for the Danube region and offer continuity and friendship to its partners. Regarding the EU strategy for the Danube region it is more than necessary to argue with joined efforts and with one strong vote.
Only a few days back, the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION moved to its new premises. Even the e-mail addresses have been changed. Within the next weeks, new phone numbers will operate. Our motto: cast off and full steam ahead! DIE DONAU is ready to be at the disposal of all members and will show the utmost effort.
By mid-may the facelift of www.danube-river.org was presented. New items make the site more dynamic and attractive. The new look gives a modern and friendly impression. Wonderful photos and useful information invite visitors to explore this region. The Danube has a lot to offer.
On May 22, 1970 DIE DONAU – DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION was founded in Vienna by the representatives of the eight adjoining countries, like Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Soviet Union.
Undeterred by barbed wire and checkpoints the founders of the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION showed courage and foresight in addition to an earnest belief in a common future for the region’s tourism. Despite of many challenges in the past 40 years (i.e. iron curtain, Balkan conflicts) the partners succeeded to continually keeping “their Danube” on the move and steer into safe waters. Membership, solidarity, community thinking and team spirit contributed to a solid basis, necessary for future and long-lasting cooperation, as well as for the development of the Danube as a tourist destination.
Fifteen years ago, DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION was established as a registered association according to Austrian law. This status offered the possibility of engaging in national and international partnership, for example with the working group Donauländer, EU Corridor VII, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, Road of Emperors and Kings and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe. Since 1998 the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION also engaged in marketing the Main-Danube Canal, as well as the Tisza/Sava region. The focus of activities of DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION lies in promoting the river and around 70 km river banks north- and southwards as a tourist destination. Already the founders considered the Danube as a connecting link and started to position the region as a tourist attraction. The ambition was and still is tourist promotion of the region, to create new jobs and to bring prosperity to the various places along the river.
In the year 2004 ninety cruise ships, carrying over 150.000 passengers used the Danube as their destination. By 2009 these numbers jumped to 110 vessels and over 225.00 guests. And the upward trend still continues. After years of absence American tourists are seen back on board.
In the previous years it was possible to extend the cruise season to 240 days per year. And now it is also possible to use the bicycle track nearly up to the Delta. “Hikeable Danube” is another very modern trend which was promoted and implemented at a very early stage. City trips and culture events are booming sectors nowadays and emphasis will be put to offers concerning land excursions which mean a combination of cruise and land programmes.
For the benefit of its members and partners DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION keeps enlarging its sphere of action through networking and lobbying. It is understood to be an established and well founded platform for all questions concerning the Danube. To reach the high goals several tools are employed: marketing, communication, activities to promote the region’s image and lobbying.
The first Danube Shipping Conference took place in 1997, attracting 10 participants; 2009 already 145 participants, representatives of shipping companies, cruise operators and tourist experts exchanged their views and experiences. The Danube Cycling and Hiking Conference was held for the first time in 2007, bringing 20 experts together, but 2009 the number had grown to 40 participants. The Danube Salon (since 2007 within the actb event) is a specialized tourist trade fair which was originally established in 1982 under the name of Danube Travel Mart.
The DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION currently has members of the following national tourist boards: of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania. Continuous negotiations are under way to extend membership to all states situated along the Danube river.
Talking about the future, Prof. G. Skoff, President of the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION, underlines, that “through innovation it should be possible to convey old history and antique treasures, security must be considered a number one target, tourists should be longing for to visit this region. This must be practised within the scope of EU strategies, a new identity should be given to the whole region and thus the Danube will meet, also in future, the spirit of time.”
The DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION today is a well established player in the region, it is a world known contact point for people interested in the Danube region and an integral part of the European tourist scene.
After 26 years full of fascinating and interesting work as Secretary General of the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION, Mrs. Ursula Deutsch has finally decided to retire and left her desk by the end of June. How would the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION have developed without her? Her enthusiasm and ever lasting effort was necessary for the rising success. Mrs. Deutsch significantly contributed a lot so that the working group could flourish and continue. We wish her all the best for the future with plenty of time for leisure.
With the entry date June 1st Mrs. Bettina Schuckert followed Mrs. Deutsch. Mrs. Schuckert is 37 years old and a graduate of the Viennese Tourism Academy Modul. She gained first professional experiences in the hotel business (ANA Grand Hotel, Vienna) and after numerous other occupations is now back in the tourist business. In her last position at the National Park Management Donau-Auen she was responsible for press release and public relation. The focus of her other employments was marketing and promotion.
Together with her family Mrs. Schuckert lives in Vienna, overlooking the Danube river and from her previous activity she took along a lot of motivation for the river: “I sincerely look forward to my new job and I am happy that after so many years I came back to tourism. That it happened in context with the Danube region, which has attracted me ever since, is sheer luck and a wonderful extra token.”
Mrs. Schuckert will continue the work of the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION in the usual way and with the usual quality. The slogan “fascination of a river” will also be used in future and emphasized by events throughout the year, according to seasons. In the coming years accent will be put to new markets like Japan, America and Scandinavia.
Very soon a conference on time-tables will be held. Railway, busses and shipping companies should operate together, should complement one another in an ideal way and should offer attractive rates and services (i.e. cycle transport) so that competition is generated in this field. Moreover, preparations for the study of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation are finalized. Target is an increase of passenger volume on the Danube River and the Black Sea.
At the beginning of December the 14th Shipping Conference will be held in Budapest, together with the 4th Cycle and Hiking meeting. Invitations will shortly be sent out.
There is a lot to do. As usual, the DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION goes with full speed ahead.
Since few days DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION has moved to new office premises. Please note the new address:
DIE DONAU – Danube Tourist Commission
Wiedner Hauptstraße 120-124/4. OG
The new telephone mainline will be set up in a few days. Right now please contact us on the following number: +43 650 728 33 73
Our new e-mail addresses are:
Prof. Gerhard Skoff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bettina Schuckert: email@example.com
Theres Rinner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since mid-may DANUBE TOURIST COMMISSION has a new web platform with modern design. The newly revised website enables simple access to updated information around the Danube river. Thus the homepage has a more vibrant and attractive appearance.With immediate effect new topics, press releases, articles and information about the Danube region are ready for download.Besides the established Danube-Press-Service regular public newsletters are planned.Have a look and see for yourself: www.danube-river.org We gladly accept suggestions and feedback in order to optimize our offer.
As per the new legal situation our press-infos can only be sent electronically with the approval of the addressee. If you do not want unsolicited e-mails please inform us as soon as possible: email@example.com. Your address will be immediately removed from the distribution list.
June 2010. Responsible for editing and content: Bettina Schuckert
DIE DONAU – Danube Tourist Commission, Wiedner Hauptstraße 120-124/4. OG, A-1050 Wien,
Tel. +43 650 728 33 73, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org