Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Partners and Friends of the Danube,

Covid-19 has determined the course of our lives for more than a year and a half. It has put our way of life and work to a severe test. Tourism in general and our industry were hit with full force by the pandemic. We all came under tremendous pressure.

But courage, foresight and our firm belief in the common future of the Danube - the most European of rivers - has characterised all those who identify with rivers and their landscapes. This sense of common purpose and the solidarity of our members have proved a robust basis for sustained cooperation and development of the Danube - and indeed of all
European rivers - as tourism destinations.

So challenging the present situation is for all of us, our sights must be firmly focused on the future. The full extent of the ramifications of the pandemic cannot yet be discerned, but they will most certainly be bound up with a wish for normality. That is what we must be prepared for.

With this in mind we have decided in consultation with our partners to hold the twenty-fifth International Danube Shipping and Tourism Conference under the motto, 'The New Normal and the Future of River Cruises' in Regensburg, 30 November-2 December 2021.

Our aim is to give our industry a podium to debate issues of current interest, address problems and reinforce cooperation, all with a view to boosting planning confidence.

Details concerning registration and accommodations, as well as a preview of the conference programme will be available online from 25 September 2021 on our website

Thanking you for your continued confidence and cooperation and looking forward to seeing you soon in Regensburg,

Prof. Gerhard Skoff
Marco von Dobschütz-Dietl
CEO, stage4solutions & dtc

Please note: conference participants must furnish proof of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery from infection ('3Gplus' rule). Changes to the conference concept and programme may be necessary at short notice. We thank you for your understanding.