history

almost 100 years of experience - tourism with tradition

we proudly look back on almost a century of successful corporate history, which has been shaped and written by four generations of one family up to the this day.

1929

1929

Bruno Thies founds the company and is able to transport more than 200 people, first with cabs and then with his own construction of the two “flying silver arrows”. Thus the first bus tourism company in northern Germany was born and soon developed into the largest employer in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg.

 

Silber Pfeiler

1945

1945

the business picks up speed again. Difficult times – such as the 2nd World War and the associated requisitioning of his vehicles – did not prevent him from rebuilding the company after the end of the war. Buses with passenger trailers enjoyed great popularity. The wide range of services offered by the company perfectly met the people’s reawakened desire to travel. Booze cruises, day and multi-day trips throughout Germany and also long-distance trips to Italy, France and Spain rounded off the program. In just a short time, one of the largest bus tourism companies in northern Germany was created, with over 30 buses and many employees.

 

Anhängerfahrten

1981

1981

is the year Rainbow Tours was born. Also blessed with the innovative genius of his ancestors, the grandson of Bruno Thies, André Schlatermund, in his early twenties has the brilliant idea of winning over and inspiring young people for bus tourism. Together with two friends, he invents short trips. These trips literally lead overnight to European metropolises, where the city is explored during the day and the return journey is started in the evening. All this for an unbeatable price. Rainbow Tours quickly becomes the seventh largest tour operator in the country and the market leader for youth and city trips and summer camps. Also round trips, ski and entertainment trips and even long-distance trips are part of the offer.

 

Bruno Thies Taxen

 

Rainbow Tours Fuhrpark

1982

1982

Bruno Thies dies. His daughter Waltraut Schlatermund-Thies takes over the business and successfully continues it as a trained tourism expert.

 

Autobusbetrieb Bruno Thies

 

Thies Reisen Bus

2003

2003

Rainbow Tours is sold – after twenty extremely successful years. In the same year Waltraut Schlatermund-Thies retires.

 

Rainbow Thies Bus Europareisen

2004

2004

André Schlatermund founds AGT Busvermietung & Touristik GmbH. A new chapter in the chronicle begins with bus tours and passenger transportation of all kinds as well as a wide range of services in the field of event management. Right at the beginning of AGT, Bruno Thies’ son – Hilmar Thies – joined the company as sales manager and authorized signatory and continuously expanded the company together with Andre Schlatermund.

 

Andre Schlatermund Bus

2006

2006

city trips are added to the portfolio.

 

Stadtrundfahrten AGT

2012

2012

a tourism company is added to the group.

 

Hafenrundfahrt Hamburg

2016

2016

André Schlatermund’s daughter, Heike Januzi-Schlatermund, takes over the management of the group, which now includes: AGT Busvermietung & Touristik GmbH, Hamburg Citytours (HCT), Busguru, Sightseeing Kontor (SK), Grindelberg travel agency and a real estate company.

 

Heike Januzi-Schlatermund - Tochter Andre Schlatermund

 

Logo AGT Busvermietung

 

Logo Hamburg Citytours busguru Logo Sightseeing Kontor Logo Reisebüro Grindelberg Logo

2017

2017

André Schlatermund dies.

 

Andre Schlatermund Geburtstagsrede

2019

2019

the company moves from Hamburg-Harburg to spacious offices in the center of the hanseatic city.

 

Hammerbrookstr 92 HH

2020

2020

Lizaveta Casper – head of the accounting department – is granted procuration for AGT Busvermietung & Touristik GmbH, as well as the transport manager Hilmar Thies, after many years of cooperation.

 

Lizaveta Casper und Hilmar Thies

2021

2021

AGT Busvermietung & Touristik GmbH has seized the opportunity and has undergone restructuring that places the company on an equal footing in both the private and business sectors. Started in 2004 as a family business, AGT has been able to establish itself in the tourist sector in the past. In the last ten years, the business sector has played an increasingly important role within the company, which is why AGT Busvermietung & Touristik GmbH has become AGT Bus- & Eventlogistik GmbH.

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