WTFL COMING TO INDIA
New projects around the corner! Our WTFL team is currently in India preparing for the very first WTFL Indian Start-Up Innovation Camp, which will take place in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India in mid December. Application call for start-ups will be available in mid August. Stay tuned!
Fresh breeze in WTFL Advisory Board
We are happy to announce that we welcome Fernanda Barrence Mutz, CEO & Co-founder of The Trip Boutique in WTFL Advisory Board as the start-up representative for a mandate of 2 years. She will replace Michael Ros, COO/Co-founder of bidroom, mandate 2017-2019. Find more here.
Bye Bye Plastic Bags
At WTFL we strongly believe that the youth is the future! Amazing Isabel Wijsen inspired all of us at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019 to say 'bye bye' to plastic bags. The co-founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags is an inspiring activist and entrepreneur that will blow you away. Watch the video and get your goosebumps!
Jean Claude Biver about innovation
At WTFL 2019, we didn’t just bridge the silos between different generations and departments, but also between different industries. The importance of learning from other innovative industries than tourism was demonstrated by the man and the brain behind the Swiss watch industry, Jean Claude Biver, Chairman of LVMH watchmaking division, Hublot and Zenith. Watch it here.
Parallel Sessions: Creative minds at work
One of the most characteristic things about the WTFL are the parallel sessions. In several involving workshops, CreaLabs, masterclasses and showcases, challenges the tourism industry has to face are grappled with. Stay tuned for what happens when one brings together the best minds of our industry!
An award for everyday heros
We are not done celebrating committed young industry heroes yet: In collaboration with Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) we share the honour of awarding three day-to-day business heroes from the tourism and hospitality sector with the Tourism Star award. Read more here.
Young Talent winners
The 12 finalists were invited by WTFL to Lucerne and present a poster of their research. In a Career Planning Session organized by Korn Ferry, the Young Talents received some most valuable expert advice on how to advance their career and how to network and market themselves. During the Forum, the 3 winners of the Young Talent Award were evaluated and awarded in a ceremony. More here.
from 230 applications to 5 start-up winners
230 start-ups hailing from 60 countries applied for WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019, 15 of them made it to the finals and pitched their novel ideas and visions in front of jury and audience. For each of the five categories – transaction, impact, destination, mobility and hospitality – the winner was chosen and announced during the WTFL. Find out more here.
Next Generation is key
The travel, tourism and hospitality industry needs to adapt to contemporary challenges and chances. The World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019 acknowledges that in order to do that, new, innovative minds are necessary. Today’s Side Events (Next Generation Leaders Day, Career Planning Session and Academic Circle) were all about how the next generation become accomplished business persons in the industry. Check out the video to see what they were doing!
A disruptive world
In our modern, fast-moving society, disruption is steadily changing the tourism industry and it is of utmost importance to approach this topic carefully and with an open mind. Several keynotes and panels were held to discuss the changes the industry has been going through and the different ways to tackle these changes in a suiting and sustainable manner. Whatch the video!
WTFL 2019 has started!
Several keynotes and panels are being held, many of them concerning the topics disruption in digitalization, as well as talent and diversity.
In the afternoon, participants can attend intriguing parallel sessions in the shape of workshops, CreaLabs, masterclasses and showcases, where they are more than welcome to engage in discussions and share their expertise. More here.
LAST CALL: WTFL 2019
On 2-3 May, more than 500 international industry leaders, decision makers, investors, ministers, professors, start-ups, young talents and next generation leaders will gather in Lucerne for the 6th World Tourism Forum Lucerne. Have you reserved your spot yet? Make sure you are part of this inspiring platform and don’t miss out challenging pannels, workshops, sessions and our special Guest Destination presentations. Register here!
Start-Up Elevator Pitches
Be part of the Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 and listen to Start-Up Elevator Pitches of the 15 most innovative finalists from around the world. Take the decision in your hands and help us find the most innovative start-up by voting for the “Public Prize Winner”, challenge them with questions and meet them in person. Registration is free of charge, register here.
#WTFL2019 will offer you with a very diverse program on the topic «Human Capital in an Age of Disruption» and the main focus on innovation, talent and diversity management within the industry. A selection of inspiring speakers will provide you with the latest insights, the best start-ups will be elected and distinguished and there will be workshops, sessions and pitches for all generations. Have a look at some of the highlights here.
ARE YOU THE NEXT GENERATION LEADER?
We are searching for the Next Generation Leaders in your company! Bring your next generation leader with high career potential to the WTFL 2019. Registration for Next Generation Leaders Day accompanied by a C-Level participant is possible here. We talked with Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority about the importance of Next Generation Leaders in our industry. Read more here.
15 START-UP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The international jury has chosen 15 finalists for the 4th Start-Up Innovation Camp in Lucerne from 1 to 2 May 2019. The finalists come from the Hospitality, Mobility, Destination, Transaction and Impact categories. The Start-Up Innovation Camp will be held prior to the 6th World Tourism Forum Lucerne (2–3 May 2019), when the five winners of the competition will be presented on the Forum's main stage. Find out who are the 15 most innovative start-ups from around the world here.
RAS AL KHAIMAH AT WTFL 2019
The up and coming destination Ras Al Khaimah will be Guest Destination at the next WTFL on 1-3 May 2019 presenting its history and diversity with inspiring keynotes, cocktail dinner and cultural performances. In October 2018, the WTFL entered a two-year strategic partnership with Ras Al Khaimah to share expertise and address future challenges of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Read full media release here.
YOUNG TALENT: NINA ZITZ
Nina from Modul University Vienna in Austria positive that making Alpine regions more sustainable will contribute to environmental protection and preservation, a compatible economic development as well as increase the quality of life for the region’s residents and tourists. Join us at WTFL 2019 on 1-3 May to learn more about sustainable development. Register here!
EXCITING PARALLEL SESSIONS
World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019 is more than a congress - it involves the participants inputs, ideas and talents. Parallel Sessions as Workshops, CreaLabs, Masterclasses and Showcases will be part of the Forum where everyone can contribute. A special focus lies on «Create your own Workshop», based on the participant’s ideas. Read more about particular Parallel Sessions here and don’t forget to register for WTFL 2019 here!
YOUNG TALENT: NARUEMON SUPHAP
Naruemon from Mahidol University International College in Thailand was investigating how a destination marketing organisation can implement effective virtual reality videos to promote a destination through an online channel. Are you interested to find out more about VR? Join us at WTFL 2019 on 1-3 May 2019, register here.
YOUNG TALENT: VALERIE PRETSCHER
Valerie from Modul University Vienna in Austria says that the number of gateway cities like Amsterdam are facing severe issues as tourism is growing out of hand. In order to get hold of the tourism growth in the city, Amsterdam has introduced hotel moratoriums and restricted the number of AirBnB apartments and souvenir shops. Find out her recommendations at WTFL 2019. Read more about Young Talents 2019 here!
START-UP ALUMNI MEETING
Our WTFL Start-Up Alumni gathered for a reunion at ITB Berlin. Special guest of the meeting was Mario Hardy, CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association and active investor himself, who shared his tips and tricks how to approach investors and get them on board. Mario also gave constructive feedback in “Fundraising Training” with 2 perspective travel start-ups: The Trip Boutique and Room Price Genie.
GLOBAL OVERTOURISM STUDY
More and more destinations worldwide are confronted with the impact of so-called “overtourism”. This year’s WTFL study seeks to explore overcrowded tourism destinations. 10 case studies of destinations from WTFL’s Partner Universities around the globe are being compared and analyzed. Are you interested in results of this global overtourism study? Find out more at WTFL 2019 on 2-3 May in Lucerne.
Start-Up Application is closed
Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019 application is closed! We received more than 230 applications from 56 different countries. Now it's in the hands of the jury members to decide on the most innovative start-ups, who will be invited to WTFL 2019 on 1-3 May. Meet our experienced jury members and join us for the exciting start-up events in Lucerne! Find out more here.
YOUNG TALENT: VERONIQUE PELOUARD
Veronique says that innovation is the only way that luxury hotels can differentiate themselves in this increasingly competitive market. Find out how luxury hotels should adapt their strategies in order to meet the needs of Millennials and create a competitive advantage thanks to innovation! Join us at WTFL 2019 on 2-3 May in Lucerne.
More information on Young Talent finalists here.
WILL YOU BE PART OF WTFL 2019?
Ursula Kriegl (Executive Director of Ernst & Young Real Estate), Martin Nydegger (CEO of Switzerland Tourism) and Jeannine Pilloud (SBB Delegate for Public Transport Sector Development) will all take part at World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019. Find out more about why they are looking forward to attend the Forum and register here if you don’t want to miss out deep industry insights!
YOUNG TALENT: KESEGO OBONA
Kesego was investigating the challenges facing female youth in balcancing family and career in hospitality industry. Her research has recommended that hospitality organisations policies should encourage employees to start families and provide flexible working hours in order to balance career development and family building. Find out more about Young Talent Programme 2019 at WTFL 2019 on 2-3 May!
We are calling for travel, tourism and hospitality-related start-ups from all over the world to apply for the Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019! Pitch your business in front of international investors, industry leaders and experts, win 20’000 USD and get free entry to WTFL 2019. Application is open until 24 February, don’t miss out and apply here.
YOUNG TALENT: REFILOE LEKGAU
Refiloe's research aim was to examine the socio-economic impacts of wildlife tourism from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the Tsabong community in Botswana. Did you know that wildlife tourism has increased the community’s sense of pride in their culture? Find out more about Young Talent Programme 2019 at WTFL 2019 on 2-3 May!
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.