Danube Business Talks 2021
Participate online at the international sector event on 13 October and get on board to start up business along the Danube again!
The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the tourism and transport sector along the waterway. Whereas passenger shipping has been totally suspended for many months, the cargo shipping sector has been struggling with enforced restrictions and declining transport orders.
Now that measures against the COVID-19 pandemic show positive effects all over Europe, we would like to work on a joint perspective for the restart and an enduring recovery of cargo and passenger shipping on the Danube together with you. Fast and concrete steps are required to ensure seamless operations along the entire Danube to avoid further economic damage and to seize existing opportunities in the best possible way.
But which measures need to be taken to ensure a sustainable development after the COVID-19 crisis? Which actions need to be prioritised? Which structural improvements for inland navigation will help us to set the course for future? These and further topics will be discussed with private and public stakeholders during the Danube Business Talks 2021.
In the passenger shipping sector, the emphasis of the conference will be on the joint development of concrete steps to resume operations along the whole river. Which measures are needed to ensure safe and smooth river cruises across borders? How can compliance with hygiene requirements be ensured on board of vessels? Which concrete fields require coordination among the Danube countries?
In the cargo shipping sector, the event will focus on structural and organisational measures which will help to shift additional cargo volumes onto the Danube. Which actions are needed to mobilise additional financing for the maintenance and further development of waterway infrastructure? How can competitive disadvantages caused by low water be mitigated? How can inland navigation further improve its carbon footprint?
To this end another focus of the Danube Business Talks will be the supply of inland vessels with shore power. In order to strengthen competitiveness and environmental performance of the Danube waterway, an efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply is particularly important in urban areas.
The Danube Business Talks offer private and public stakeholders an opportunity for targeted networking and knowledge exchange on economic impulses and innovations in the field of Danube navigation. The climate and environmental protection goals of the Austrian Federal Government provide a favourable framework for the development of cross-border solutions to strengthen the Danube transport axis in the European transport network.
Although the Danube Business Talks 2021 will take place as a digital event, we will offer you plenty of possibilities for targeted networking: Danube Business Dating will feature digital meetings to establish and cultivate business contacts. Just choose your networking partner and meet them in your personal virtual meeting room.
We are happy to welcome you at the Danube Business Talks 2021!