TOURISM STAR AWARD 2019
World Tourism Forum Lucerne is in collaboration with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on a mission to spot, shine light and celebrate a committed, inspiring, and enthusiastic person working in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The Tourism Star 2019 will be celebrated at the annual ceremony of WTFL in Switzerland on 2-3 May 2019. Application is now closed. More information here.
YOUNG TALENT: ALOK GULATI
Alok says that food allergies in the Indian community are still not known to all, but a rising pediatric condition. With the aim to spread awareness about food allergies and to provide people with the safest dining experience, he invented ANOKHA app!
Meet Alok at World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019 on 2-3 May. More about Young Talents 2019 here!
TOURISM FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR TOURISM!
“Reduce Inequalities”, UNWTO’s SDG #10, which aims to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, will also stand in focus of our WTFL 2019 next May. Read about Brett Heising’s perspective on accessible tourism and many more news in this month’s newsletter!
YOUNG TALENT: SENATLA COURAGEOUS GABOBOFANE
Have you ever wondered how working environment in hotel industry influences employee’s performance? Senatla might have the answer! Find out more about the finalists of Young Talent Programme 2019 and join us at WTFL 2019 to hear Senatla’s recommendations for a more positive working environment!
EARLY BIRD WTFL 2019
The 20% discount early bird rate for the World Tourism Forum Lucerne expires soon. Make sure you are part of this inspiring platform and register now until 31 January with the special rate for the 2-day forum pass. More information and registration here.
YOUNG TALENT: ELIZABETH DOMINGUEZ
Elizabeth from The University of Queensland is Young Talent Programme 2019 finalist! She researched how negative storylines in online TV shows contribute to the perception, destination choice and travel intentions of millennials. Are you interested what are Elizabeth's recommendations for tourism destinations? Join us at WTFL 2019 on 2-3 May in Lucerne!
START-UP INNOVATION CAMP 2019 APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN
Connect, learn, grow at Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019! Start-ups from all over the world have now the opportunity to pitch in front of international investors, industry executives and experts, win 20’000 USD, get coached at 1:1 Coaching Talks and be part of WTFL 2019 for free.
Have a look at our new design and new structured application form and apply until 24 February here.
HUMAN CAPITAL IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION
Disruptive forces challenge established tourism companies and provide opportunities for new businesses. On May 2-3, 2019, the 6th World Tourism Forum Lucerne will provide insight into the latest developments and present the most promising global start-ups.
Read full media release here.
YOUNG TALENT: SOFIA BRANCA
Our next finalist in WTFL Young Talent Programme 2019 is Sofia Branca from IMI International Management Institute Switzerland. Her goal is to come up with ideas how tourism can bring positive change to societies. This goal led her to investigate the impact of mega events on international tourist perceptions on the case of Milano Expo 2015.
ALL NEWS IN ONE PLACE
From now on all news including videos, important information and previews on the World Tourism Forum 2019 will be published in our Newsroom. Moreover, exciting contributions will be posted on a regular basis during the event. We’ve already uploaded three statements of different stakeholders which will be part of WTFL 2019. Have a look here!
WTFL 2019: SAMIH SAWIRIS WILL BE THERE. WILL YOU?
WTFL 2019 will host all the important travel, tourism and hospitality industry players in one place in Lucerne on 2-3 May 2019, where people will focus on what is good and new in the industry.
Samih Sawiris, entrepreneur and investor, is already part of our strong multi-stakeholder community. Register now and become part too!
Young Talent: veronika alieva
Out of more than 70 applications, 12 students have now been selected for WTFL Young Talent Programme 2019! The first of the finalists is Veronika Alieva from North-Caucasus Federal University, Stavropol, Russia.
Veronika will present her ideas on how to break the walls of nutrition illiteracy in hospitality industry at WTFL 2019 in Lucerne.
WTFL 2019: HUMAN CAPITAL IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION
Innovative business models constantly disrupt our industry. New digital solutions question the way business has worked so far, but what about human labour? Join us at WTFL 2019 to address these challenges and the changes they provoke in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Register now and bridge the sylos between three generations on 2-3 May 2019 in KKL, Lucerne.
2019 IS ON THE DOORSTEP
Looking back to 2018, it has been a very productive year for World Tourism Forum Lucerne as well as our industry. Together we contributed to positive changes and improvements of our industry to become more sustainable, diverse, embraced and innovative one. Read more about our past and future plans here.
We wish you all joyful holidays and a good start to the new year!
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World Tourism Forum Lucerne is now pata member
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, from now on also WTFL.
THE BEST SWISS START-UPS
At the first WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp, the jury members selected the most innovative Swiss Start-Ups from the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Appetita, KITRO, The Trip Boutique, Share your BICAR, RoomPriceGenie are the winners who received 5’000 CHF cash award, 2-year coaching programme and free entry to WTFL 2019. Read full media release (German / French) or watch the video!
EXCLUSIVE NEWS: 2-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH RAKTDA
World Tourism Forum Lucerne has entered a two-year strategic partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah will be an exclusive partner in the upcoming World Tourism Forum 2019, as well as the official sponsor and supporter of the WTFL Think Tank, WTFL Talent Boost, and WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp in 2020.
Read full media release (English / German).
WORLD TOURISM FORUM LUCERNE 2-3 MAY 2019: SAVE THE DATE
For the sixth time World Tourism Forum Lucerne - the leading networking platform in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, will be held in the beautiful city of Lucerne, Switzerland. The Forum offers you an enriching opportunity to meet, discuss, think out of the box and inspire each other in order to shape the industry’s future.
More information soon to come here.
THE 15 BEST SWISS START-UPS
The finalists of the first WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp have been nominated! Our jury has carefully evaluated all the applications and selected the 3 finalists per category. Find out which start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch their business at the WTFL Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 on 9 November in SHL, Lucerne. Read full media release (German and French).
DON’T MISS OUT!
For the first time in Switzerland, we are searching for the rising stars of Swiss start-ups scene. Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 will take place on 9 November in Lucerne. Start-Ups will have a unique chance to pitch their business and receive valuable advice from coaching experts. Register here to join us in Lucerne and meet the most promising Swiss start-ups! Read media release (DE & FR).
START-UP ALUMNI MEETING
At WTFL we are aware that trustworthy relations and community do not grow over night. In order to maintain and support all our Start-Ups Alumni members, we are organizing the Start-Up Alumni Meeting in London on 6 November. If you’re interested to take part, please contact us for more information.
Find out who are the winners of the 3rd Start-Up Innovation Camp here!
PUBLIC PRIZE WINNER
The public decided - the winner of public voting at WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 is Kwikcar from Malaysia. Congratulations! Kwikcar will receive flight ticket and free participation for World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019 (1-3 May).
Find out who are all the winners of the 3rd Start-Up Innovation Camp here.
AND THE WINNERS ARE …
The worlds most innovative Start-Ups in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry have been selected at the WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 in Malaysia. rainmaker (Namibia), Igloohome (Singapore), Wingly (France), Good For Food (Singapore) and TripClub (Philippines) are the happy winners in different categories. Find the media release here.
DIVERSITY IN OUR INDUSTRY
Read more about the importance of innovation with our Start-Up Innovation Camps in the spotlight, as well as diversity and disruption in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Also, don't miss out and save the date of the 6th World Tourism Forum Lucerne in your agenda:
1-3 May 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland
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ALERT FOR SWISS START-UPS!
For the first time in Switzerland, we are searching for the rising stars of Swiss start-ups scene. Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 will take place on 9 November in Lucerne. Start-Ups will have a unique chance to pitch their business and receive valuable advice from coaching experts. All travel-, tourism- and hospitality-related Swiss start-ups can apply until 23 September here (no application fee). Read media release (DE & FR).
WORLD’S 15 BEST START-UPS
The 15 most innovative start-ups from the travel, tourism and hospitality industry were selected by the international jury and are now invited to WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 in Malaysia, where they will have a unique opportunity to pitch their business model and convince international investors to help make their vision a reality. Find out which start-ups succeeded in convincing the jury the most!
Our President & CEO Martin Barth visited Greece to work on a new collaboration with the Region of Peloponnese. The Peloponnese Region is an ideal partner for the pilot cooperation program in sustainable tourism product development. Regional governor Petros Tatoulis noted that regional authorities are working on a sustainable model for the parallel development of tourism in harmony with community needs. Best practices will be presented at World Tourism Forum Lucerne in May 2019.
YOUNG TALENT PROGRAMME 2019
In the end of June the participants of the Young Talent Programme 2019 have been determined. The academic committee of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne had a difficult task to select the most promising abstracts out of over 70 outstanding applications. 40 students of our partner universities are now eligible to send in a full paper until the end of September for the second round of the competition. In a subsequent peer-reviewed process a final group of candidates will be hand-picked to participate at the Forum 2019.
START-UP INNOVATION CAMP 2018 APPLICATION IS CLOSED!
We received over 200 applications from 54 different countries. In the next weeks, our jury members will carefully evaluate the applications and select the finalists who will be invited to Malaysia. WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia, integrated in PATA Travel Mart 2018, on 12 September.
SUCCESSFUL DEAL THROUGH WTFL
Through World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2017, Bidroom.com successfully secured substantial investment from Samih Sawiris, investor and founder of the Orascom Development Holding AG. "Emerging victorious at the WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 set us on a path to a rapid growth of our business and we have been experiencing continuous momentum since winning the award," Michael Ros, Co-Founder of Bidroom.com.
Exciting opportunity for all travel, tourism and hospitality oriented start-ups!
World Tourism Forum Lucerne is searching for the most innovative start-ups in travel, tourism and hospitality industry from around the world. The best start-ups will be pre-selected by the jury and invited to WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 that will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia on 12 September 2018, integrated in PATA Travel Mart.
DR. Kerkloh re-elected
Congratulations to our WTFL Advisory Board member, Dr. Michael Kerkloh, CEO Munich Airport, who has been re-elected for a second term as President of Airports Council International (ACI) Europe! "This is an interesting time in our industry and the wider air transport sector. Robust growth and yet, significant and fast-emerging risks. All of which means that ACI EUROPE has a lot of work on its plate,” said Dr. Kerkloh.
Young Talent PROGRAMME APPLICATION DEADLINE
Young Talent Programme invites the best students from our partner universities to the Forum where they will have an exceptional opportunity to attend a full-day career planning session, as well as meet internationally renowned opinion leaders within the travel, tourism & hospitality industry. The application for the Young Talent Programme 2019 is open until 30 May 2018.
HOW TO ATTRACT, RETAIN AND INSPIRE TALENT?
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!
GHE Success Story
The winner of WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017 in category Impact, Global Himalayan Expedition, was awarded with the highest grant of €400.000 at Booking.com Booster in Amsterdam. Paras Loomba, Founder of GHE: "WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp can be a great leverage support for tourism start-ups and can add huge value to the world travel, tourism and hospitality market. I highly encourage young start-ups to apply!"
WTFL START-UP INNOVATION CAMP 2018 APPLICATION CALL
Start-up founders aspiring to transform global tourism will soon have a unique five-minute opportunity to convince international investors to help make their vision a reality. Applications for WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018 are flooding in ahead of the July 1 deadline including start-ups from the USA, India, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Namibia, Australia, Colombia, Thailand, Malaysia and many more! Read more here.