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AN INNOVATION FESTIVAL
BY WORLD TOURISM FORUM LUCERNE
15 – 16 Nov 2021 | Andermatt, Switzerland
President & CEO
Live from Andermatt &
around the world
We are thrilled to invite you to our first Innovation Festival, “Moving Forward” powered by WTFL from 15 till 16 November 2021 in the soaring grandeur of the mountain destination Andermatt in the Swiss Alps .
With the effects of the pandemic still ongoing, this is a difficult time for so many across the world. “Moving Forward” is our response to the huge challenges faced by our industry, as we believe the future belongs to those who can innovate, adapt and remain agile.
Our Innovation Festival is dedicated to embracing change. Now more than ever, we’re forced to relinquish the past. It’s far from easy, but there has never been a more important time for our community to come together to restart the global economy and create a more resilient, healthy and sustainable world.
At World Tourism Forum Lucerne, practicing what we preach and being innovative has meant modifying our own event format. Our biennial Forum is on hold for now and we are moving from Lucerne to Andermatt, an alpine tourism resort. The fabulous new venue allows the entire festival (conference, events and accommodation) to be staged under one roof. For everyone’s comfort and safety it will be a more intimate affair with a strict limitation on numbers.
“Moving Forward” will also be fully hybrid, making virtual participation possible for everyone in our loyal global community across three generations who can’t attend in person.
See you soon in Andermatt!
Optional Programme, Monday 15 November
13.00 – 15.00
Arrive early, find your bearings and settle in. Meet fellow delegates and get a deeper perspective before the conference starts (no extra charge):
- Join a guided group tour of Andermatt
- Watch a live presentation of all start-up pitches
Opening Session, Monday 15 November
16.00 – 19.30
- Live from Andermatt
- Satellite event in Morocco
- Keynotes and discussions on future trends
- Pre-conference innovation skills test with analysis
- Inspiration from Morocco
Innovation dinner, Hosted by SHL Luzern at “Spun” Restaurant
Night Cap. Hosted at the Radisson Bar
Conference, Tuesday 16 November
7.30 – 16.45
- Innovation practices in focus
- Live pitches of start-up winners from each category
- How to deal with set-backs
- Learning from other industries
- We made it! Start-up success stories
- Sustainable investments
- Presentation of Next Generation Leaders & Young Talents
- Tourism experts round table
- Surprise guests
Optional Programme, Wednesday 17 November
9.00 – 16.00
Extend your stay, network with fellow delegates and enjoy an excursion in beautiful surroundings. Choose from one of the following:
- Get closer to nature on a snow-shoe tour in the spectacular Andermatt mountains
- Visit the scenic and historic city of Lucerne on a sightseeing tour
- Explore the remarkable Canton of Uri on a fascinating and eye-opening day-trip in and around the Gotthard mountain
Cost contribution for each excursion CHF 40.00 (includes lunch)
Who will be there?
MOVERS AND MAKERS
Founders and shakers
Next Generation Leaders
Why should you attend?
Contribute to a multi-directional exchange of ideas across three generations
Keep abreast of developments and gain insights into how our industry might look tomorrow
Learn how to cultivate innovation in yourself and your teams
Watch and learn as the world’s best start-ups pitch their innovative business models
An excellent opportunity to appraise and realign your organisation’s business strategy and/or your own professional development goals
Grow your network and join a like-minded community. Friends and allies are vital in creating tomorrow’s success stories
Treat your taste-buds to innovative F&B at our lively evening events
Be awed by the transformation of Andermatt from into an innovative international tourism destination
Journalist and Moderator
Hannah Wise is a seasoned international journalist with 19 years of experience in front of the camera. Hannah worked for BBC in London, was the anchor for CNNMoney Switzerland and is a guest lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. She loves to tell the stories behind the businesses that shape our economy as well as the challenge of a live and demanding interview.
CEO and Co-Founder GuestReady
Alexander Limpert is the CEO and co-founder of GuestReady, the leading urban short-term rental management company in Europe and the Middle East. Alexander is passionate about starting and growing businesses, especially in the fields of property, technology and travel. He is an investor and board member of several startups and holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
CEO myclimate Foundation
Stephen Neff is the CEO of the myclimate foundation, a prominent provider for sustainable solutions and pioneer in voluntary carbon offsetting, based in Zurich. Stephen held various management positions in the technology and cleantech industry, most recently as the CEO of Neurobat AG. Canada born and raised, he holds a diploma in Engineering & Technology from British Columbia.
CEO Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Liz Ortiguera is the CEO of PATA and a senior executive with over 25 years of global experience across diverse industries, ranging from travel, lifestyle, technology, e-commerce or financial services. Liz is passionate about innovation and community building. She is an advocate for poverty eradication programmes and education initiatives across the region and an alumna of the Stanford University.
CEO Hotelplan Group
Laura Meyer is the CEO of the Hotelplan Group with broad international experiences. Laura has been working at McKinsey for many years, as well as being Head of Digital Distribution & Analytics at UBS. Her interest in digital and data, combined with a never-ending curiosity, helps her to push the boundaries of her industry. She holds a Master degree in law, is married and has two children.
Chair Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime
John Scanlon is the Chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime. After starting his career in law, John served as Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs and as an adviser to state and federal environment ministers. He has been awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to wildlife conservation and protection.
CEO Indian Hotels Company Limited
Puneet Chhatwal is the Chief Executive Officer at the Indian Hotels Company Limited with over three decades of leadership experience at acclaimed global hotel groups. Puneet is a graduate of both the Delhi University and ESSEC Paris. He was rated one of Europe’s 20 extraordinary minds in Sales, Marketing and Technology and won the prestigious Carlson Fellowship.
CEO at Kerten Hospitality
Marloes Knippenberg is the award-winning CEO of Kerten Hospitality, driving disruptive innovation within the hospitality industry. Known for her mentorship and key speaker roles at global forums, Marloen is empowering the next generation of hoteliers, championing topics such as sustainability or female leadership.
Olympic Skiing Legend
Bernhard Russi is a Swiss skiing legend who won the Olympics and the World Championship. As a renowned slope architect, he designed some of the most famous slopes in the world, from St. Moritz to Peking. Being part of the Board of Directors at companies such as Bogner, he advices various businesses in strategic matters.
CEO TUI Cruises
Wybcke Meier is the CEO of TUI Cruises with various strategic experiences in marketing and sales in leading companies within the tourism industry. Starting out as a travel agent, she worked herself up to being member of the management board and management director. In her free time, the Helgoland native loves to do yoga.
Executive Board SV Group
Stephanie Nägeli is the Chief Strategic Business Development Officer at the Swiss Food Company SV Group and is part of its executive board. Stephanie is responsible for the innovation strategy, focusing on new digital business models. She's been nominated Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” and has been the founding member of the Nestlé Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost.
Chair Orascom Development Holding
Samih Sawiris is chair and CEO of the Orascom Development Holding (OHD) establishing OHD as the leading touristic town developer in Egypt and the Middle East. With the prestigious award-winning El Gouna town on the Red Sea, Samih laid the foundation stone for OHD. He holds a diploma in economic engineering and pushes projects to offer affordable housing all across Egypt.