Start-Ups Alert!

Exciting opportunity if you have a gamechanger idea for travel, tourism and hospitality industry!

Start-ups from all over the world can apply for Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018, which will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia, integrated in PATA Travel Mart 2018, on 12 September. Find out more on our website and read our media release!

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On 18 May, the 3rd WTFL Talent Boost was held in Brisbane, Australia. Organized together with the University of Queensland Business School, the event featured a line of excellent speakers and panelists. Browse through the photos, media publications and presentations on our website!



In this host article, Elly Andriopoulou (SNFCC) reveals the secret elements for a successful public-private partnership. Elly believes that much of the SNFCC success “can be attributed not only to what has been created but also to why and how it was developed, by a philanthropic foundation in collaboration with the State for the society they both serve”. Read full article here


Tourism is more than just travelling. Tourism is one of the most important drivers for the development of a country or a destination and highly connects to many other industries. 
Among various tourism conventions and trade fairs, the World Tourism Forum Lucerne is the only platform where international top level decision makers from industry, government, academia and finance discuss the future challenges together with tomorrow’s generation.
We cordially invite you to join this exceptional networking platform with a focus on an open minded and future oriented exchange across industries and generations.
— Prof Martin Barth, President & CEO

Upcoming Events



WTFL aims to find the rising stars among the tourism start-ups and provide them with a platform to attract capital, talents and partnerships, as well as exchange valuable know-how.

Integrated in PATA Travel Mart (PMT), Asia-Pacific’s worldwide travel trade exhibition, Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 will take place on 12 September.   


Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018

9 November 2018, Switzerland

For the first time in Switzerland, WTFL targets to screen Swiss start-up scene and find the most innovative business models among Swiss start-ups operating in travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

A full day of start-up pitches, trainings and workshops will prepare Swiss start-ups for the international call in May 2019. 

Impressions From Previous Events


"Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Growth"

50 exclusive participants met for a forward-looking discussion on the conditions for innovative and sustainable public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the travel and tourism value chain. Find out more here.

WTFL 2017

"Stay relevant in uncertain times"

After an exciting day of side events, more than 500 participants from over 75 countries gathered for the 5th WTFL in Lucerne, Switzerland on 4 - 5 May 2017. 

Have a look at the highlights of WTFL 2017!

Have a look at all our past events here.

It was a successful Forum attended by luminaries around the world and showcased one of the finest hospitality and receptions in the world.

I was very much taken by the spirit and the constructive atmosphere of World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2017, allowing views and opinions to be shared freely.
— Teo Ah Khing, Chairman Desert Star Holding