World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2019


Hundreds of thoughtful world leaders from around the world including business heads, ministers, entrepreneurs and experts met and were part of an enriching networking platform. 

Find more information here: wtfl2019.wtflucerne.org

side events and awards

1 - 2 May 2019 different locations in Lucerne, Switzerland

Several side events took place prior to the WTFL 2019, such as Start-Up Innovation Camp, Young Talent Programme, Tourism Star, Next Generation Day, Think Tank, Academic Circle or Swiss Sessions. Find out more here.


Swiss Start-Up Innovation Camp 2018

9 November 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland

For the first time in Switzerland, WTFL was searching for the most innovative Swiss business in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. A full day of start-up pitches, coaching, stimulus sessions and workshops was held at Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern. Find out more.


12 September 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

The 3rd WTFL Start-Up Innovation Camp was held in Langkawi, Malaysia, integrated in the PATA Travel Mart. The 15 most innovative Start-Ups have been chosen as finalists and invited to present their business models. Finally, the international jury rewarded the winner in each of the categories: Destination, Hospitality, Mobility, Impact and Transaction. Find out more.


18 MAY 2018, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA 

As part of the collaboration with our network of internationally renowned partner universities, Talent Boost is organised every second year to make our industry aware of the importance of Talent Management.

The 3rd Talent Boost was held together with the University of Queensland Business School. Find out more here



WTFL Think Tank is a highly focused, top level and strategic body. Every year the Think Tank convenes in some part of the world and gathers the most influential 50 tourism decision makers, such as political leadership, CEOs, financial experts and thought leaders. 

WTFL Think Tank 2018 took place in Costa Navarino, Peloponnese, Greece. Find out more information here.


World tourism forum lucerne 2017

4-5 May 2017 Lucerne, Switzerland

500 participants from over 75 countries gathered for the 5th World Tourism Forum Lucerne. Under the topic "Stay relevant in uncertain times" the Forum focused on how to stay successful in the face of changes and challenges in today's often turbulent times.

Have a look at the Highlights of World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2017!

- Think Tank 2017: 3 May 2017, Villa St Charles Hall Lucerne, Switzerland

- Start-Up Innovation Camp 2017: 3 May 2017, Lucerne, Switzerland

- Next Generation Day 2017: 3 May 2017, Zurich, Switzerland

Young Talent Programme 2017: 4 May 2017, St Charles Hall Lucerne, Switzerland

Have a look at the video of the exciting side events: 


Talent boost 2016

14 April 2016 São pAULO, BRAZIL

The 2nd WTFL Talent Boost took place in São Paulo alongside our partner university, Universidade de São Paulo. On this day, Talent Management experts, government officials and academia came together to discuss the trends affecting talent management and develop an effective action plan to tackle the challenges faced. 

- Think Tank 2016: 5-6 March 2016, Baku, Azerbaijan


World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2015

23-24 April 2015 Lucerne, Switzerland

World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2015 was a great success, with over 450 CEOs, industry leaders and experts coming from 65 different nationalities. Learn more about the WTFL 2015 and delve into the topic "Talents, Innovation & Sustainable Development: Walk the Talk!" by watching this video.

- Think Tank 2015: 23 April 2015, Lucerne, Switzerland


Think Tank 2014

2-3 March 2014 Lucerne, Switzerland 

30 top level decision-makers gathered for an outstanding open exchange of views at the 2nd WTFL Think Tank in Lucerne, Switzerland. The discussions focused on the key opportunities and creative actions needed to realise economic, social and environmental benefits and impacts of travel and tourism. 


- Talent Boost 2014: 22 April 2014, Shanghai, China


World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2013

18-19 April 2013 Lucerne, Switzerland

The 3rd World Tourism Forum Lucerne attracted executives, leaders and experts from the private and public sector. In plenary sessions, workshops, panel discussions, a world café and networking breaks, the participants discussed future challenges and strategies of the tourism industry focusing on the topics "Global Shift, Green Growth, Talents and New Marketing".


World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2011

13-15 April 2011 Lucerne, Switzerland 

The dynamic plenary discussions, breakout sessions, workshops, and the World Café at World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2011 strongly focussed on sustainability in tourism. The refreshing exchange of ideas about the topic "Sustainability in tourism: Challenges, pathways and intelligent business models" inspired CEOs, business leaders and Young Talents from the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. 


World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2009

22-24 APRIL 2009 LUCERNE, Switzerland

At the 1st World Tourism Forum Lucerne, more than 130 global leaders from 23 countries gathered to discuss their opinions, exchange ideas and evaluate options for the future of the tourism industry. The long-term interest for the industry was their main interest. These perspectives lie in more sustainable products with a focus on the environment and a customer who demands rich personal experiences. 

If you would like to have further information about our events please contact info@wtflucerne.org.