The program

The program is divided into three sessions on the first day:

1. the perspectives and application of AI-based tools in the travel industry.
2. the future and sustainability of the tourism business
3. sustainability, the opportunities for climate-neutral flying and a "green" vacation.

On the second day, time will be used intensively to delve deeper into topics in deep-dive sessions and master classes in smaller groups.

Above all, there is an outlook to 2024; in a mix of lectures, panels and live interviews, top managers from tourism and travel technology as well as experts with a different perspective will offer lively debates.

Wednesday 20.09.2023

  • from 09.00 o'clock p.m. Get-together on the roof terrace of the conference hotel Meliá Valencia, sponsored by TUI.

Program Day 1: Congress on the main stage

9:00 a.m.

Registration and coffee

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and opening session
  • FVW Media
  • CEO Turespana, Representative Valencia


10:00 a.m.


Where is the journey heading in the coming years - in technical development, application and regulation?
  • Rüdiger Off, Head of Research & Development, Highpots
  • Moderation Jochen Eversmeier (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

10:30 a.m.


Best Practice: Successful AI solutions in tourism companies
  • Nicolas Götz, Founder and Managing Director, Adigi
  • Rüdiger Off, Head of Research & Development, Highpots
  • Torsten Ostmeier, external project manager AI, HLX Touristik and CEO Honeepot
  • Andreas Wulfes, Managing Director Neusta Data Intelligence/Team Tourism
  • Moderation Jochen Eversmeier (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

11:00 a.m.


How do "AI immigrants" see the future?
  • Discussion with three students who are working intensively on the topic

11:15 a.m.

Coffee break/networking

12:00 a.m.


How is Travel Technoloy adapting to the search and booking trends of the future?
  • Denis Lacroix, Senior Vice President of the Cloud Transformation Program, Amadeus IT Group
  • Moderation Jochen Eversmeier (Editor fvw|TravelTalk)

12:30 a.m.


The future of the industry: the top under 30 of 2023
  • Presentation of the winners and discussion with the talents
  • Moderation Klaus Hildebrandt and Lena-Marie Lübker (Editors fvw|TravelTalk)

1:00 p.m.

Lunch break/Networking


2:00 - 2:30 p.m.


Big ships, big ambitions and big sustainability challenges: where is cruise heading?
  • Felix Eichhorn, President Aida Cruises, Aida Cruises
  • Moderation Alexander Krug (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.


Relevance of Spain as a Travel Destination for the German Tour Operator Market – Best practice analyses and important hints for AI approaches
  • Roland Gassner, Director Business Development Travel Data + Analytics (TDA)
  • Moderation Jochen Eversmeier (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Individual adventure tours at the push of a button - how tour operators and IT are taking the classic round trip to a new level
  • Erwan Corre, co-founder and CSO, Worldia
  • Manuel Hilty, Co-Founder and CEO, Nezasa
  • Alexander Sieland, Director, Suntrips and Managing Director, Cockpit Holidays Services
  • Moderation Jochen Eversmeier (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

CEO Panel

Question to Chat GPT: Why should you still use a tour operator in ten years?
  • Stefan Baumert, CEO, TUI Germany
  • Ingo Burmester, CEO, DER Touristik Group
  • Karl Markgraf, CEO, FTI Group
  • Laura Meyer, CEO, Hotelplan Group
  • Moderation Klaus Hildebrandt (Editor fvw|TravelTalk)

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee break/networking


4:00 p.m.


Sustainable flying: dream or reality?
  • Thomas Ellerbeck, Member of the Group Executive Committee & Chief Sustainabilty Officer, TUI Group
  • Rainer Klee, Founder and CEO, Aerticket
  • Jan Pechstein, Head of Corporate Emissions Management Lufthansa Group, Lufthansa
  • Carl Schelleman General Manager Germany, Air France-KLM
  • Moderation Rita Münck (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

4:30 p.m.


Sustainability on vacation: How the hotel industry must develop further
  • Impulse and presentation of the Iberostar Sustainability Awards
  • Gloria Fluxà, Vice Chairman & Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group
  • Moderation Klaus Hildebrandt (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

5:00 p.m.


How does Spain maintain its position as the number 1 foreign travel destination for Germans?
  • Miguel Sanz, Director General Turespana
  • Miguel Angel Perez, Brand & Markets Director, Visit Valencia
  • Stefanie Wasserfuhr, Director Marketing and eCommerce, Alltours
  • Michael Frey, CEO, MTS Globe
  • Moderation Klaus Hildebrandt (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

5:30 – 5:45 p.m.


For a cerveza with...
  • Karl Markgraf, CEO, FTI Group
  • Moderated by Klaus Hildebrandt (fvw|TravelTalk)

in the evening

Big congress party in the Mercado Central, the historic market hall
  • The market hall in the center of Valencia is opened exclusively for fvw TravelTalk and our guests, individual market stalls provide a buffet and offer finger food. The authentic flair makes the gastronomy of Valencia tangible. Accompanied by music, all guests can already look forward to a hopefully unforgettable networking evening.

Program Day 2: Deep Dives and Masterclasses

9:00 a.m.

After the data affair: What's changing in the relationship between event organizers and sales?
  • Benjamin Jacobi, Managing Director Distribution and Marketing, TUI Deutschland
  • Ömer Karaca, Managing Director/COO, Schmetterling International
  • Uta Martens, SVP Sales, Customer Service & Process Management, DER Touristik
  • Cornelius Meyer, Board of Directors, travel agency cooperation Best-Reisen
  • Moderation Rita Münck (Editorial office fvw|TravelTalk)

9:45 – 10:15


Holidays Reimagined with Sabre Vacations
  • Sonja Buse, Head of Leisure Sales DACH

10:15 – 10:45


IT legacies and their opportunities. How to turn the complexity of the travel industry to your advantage
  • Tom Hülser, Managing Director, Freshcells Systems Engineering

10:45 – 11:15


Team Neusta: From foundation to AI peak – Practical insights and asse studies in tourism
  • Andreas Wulfes, Managing Director Neusta Data Intelligence/Team Tourism

11:15 – 11:45


Deutsche Bahn: What do bees have in common with the railway?
  • Anja Mitterberger, Head of Industry Partners
  • Karina Kaestner, Head of Partnership Management

11:45 – 12:30


Here's what's next with applications in practice
  • Anke Hsu, Head of Business Development, Chain4Travel

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


From 2:00 p.m.

Guided tours to the highlights of Valencia: on foot, by bike or with Segways
  • Historical Valencia: A transfer bus takes you from the Meliá Hotel to Torres de Serranos. Afterwards, you continue by foot to Valencia's old quarter. Highlights of the tour are the "Plaza de la Virgen" and the "Plaza de la Reina".
  • Bike Tour: On a guided bike tour you will cycle through parks and gardens to discover Valencia and its historical features. Highlights of the tour are the Turia Gardens, the historic old town and the futuristic science and culture complex.
  • Find more Information about the guided tours here.


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