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eTravel Stage Day 2

eTravel World

March 7, 2019

10:30 - 17:30

Hall 6.1, eTravel Stage

Corporate Venturing, NDC and Payment Solutions are some of the topics of the second stage day. Tourismuszukunft raises the question „Overtourism and Social Media – more a curse than a blessing?” New products and ideas are shared by Wemovo, Passolution, Dgroops and others.

The detailed program will be available soon


With this new initiative the European Union aims at fostering smarter tourism in the fields of accessibility, sustainability, digitalisation and culture. Get inspired by the European Capitals of Smart Tourism Helsinki and Lyon!

Consumer behaviors around shopping and travel booking are changing. This leads to new challenges for the travel industry: from what people can choose their next destination via the booking experience to how and when they will pay for their upcoming trip. In other words: The booking experience is becoming part of the overall vacation experience. We will showcase how PayPal can enhance the overall travel experience by making the payment part easier, more convenient and flexible. We will draw a light on consumer needs and include examples, both from classic travel agencies and the online travel world.

Dr. Michael Luhnen, Managing Director DACH, PayPal

Investments by German companies in national and international Start-Ups have increased rapidly in recent years. However, the challenges of corporate venturing are numerous. First, it has to be clarified which long-term strategy is suitable for the respective company and how it is to be implemented. In the next step, suitable Start-Ups must be found and properly supported on their way to success. Finally, the question arises which long-term course the respective participation should take. Which mistakes can be avoided?

Panel guests:
Christian Kalusa, Lawyer, Beiten Burkhard
Dr. Gesine von der Groeben, Lawyer, Beiten Burkhard

Man-machine interfaces using natural language recognition are gaining traction in our private lives. Consumer expectations are changing rapidly and the travel industry should embark if it wants to be close to its customers. Gain insights from the world’s first use-case for voice-controlled flight bookings.

Volker Herrmann, CEO & Founder, InteRES GmbH

Cash can be integrated into the digital payment world. By using the existing retail infrastructure, new target groups in the travel sector can be reached.

Jana Beermann, Key Account Manager, Barzahlen

Identifying customer wishes, providing tips about destinations, accounting for commission schemes – this is all quite a heavy workload for travel agents. Artificial Intelligence can support their work and boost sales, too.

Matthias Lange, CEO, TrevoTrend

The key to web success is addressing the right target group. But what are your target audience’s needs? Strategies for positioning your company via your own website and Google search.

Andreas Kaufmann, Client Success Manager / SEO - Online Positioning, Die Webboxer

The session will highlight strategies and techniques to help create long- term, natural ambassadors for travel brands and destinations on a limited budget: How to identify them and establish a strong relationship. How to implement this strategy in marketing efforts. And how search strategies, communication, engagement and planning can secure optimal long-term collaboration conditions between brands/destinations and travel bloggers/influencers.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Co-Founder,
Janicke Hansen, Co-Founder,

Overtourism: How does it arise and what effects does it have? How much influence do social media have? How can regions and companies deal with overtourism? Not only on site but also via digital channels before trips to such destinations begin? (Presentation of actual cases included).

Kristine Honig, Consultant, Tourismuszukunft
Andrea Schneider, Independent marketing communications consultant for tourism players

How to organize group bookings in a fast and efficient way? Hear the top tips from an expert with 25 years of experience in group bookings in the South European travel market.

Dimitrios Angelinas, CEO, Dgroops