2018 UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit: Investment in Tourism Technology

2018 UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit: Investment in Tourism Technology

6 Nov 2018, 11:00 - 13:00

WTM Global Stage - AS1350

The UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit will provide a truly practical platform for tourism leaders of the public and private sectors to share best practices and explore investment opportunities in tourism technology.

This year, we present a disruptive new format. With the private sector crucial in setting the tourism agenda, we invite private sector leaders to a panel on investment in tourism technology. This will be followed by a round table of both ministers and private sector to discuss a way forward for tourism that includes stronger public-private partnerships and an agenda for the sector’s digital transformation.

Developing an innovation ecosystem, data-driven decision making, digital destination branding, and the role of government and policy are among the topics to be addressed. With last year’s WTM sparking a million meetings, the Summit will expand its impact with a focus on creating and exchanging innovative ideas and partnerships for the sector’s future.

Moderator: Richard Quest, CNN


10:30 - 11:00 Registration

11:00 - 11:15 Opening & Welcome Remarks

Simon Press, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Director, WTM London

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO

11:15 - 12:00  Panel: Investment in Tourism Technology

Considering the impact of technology in tourism, from ICTs to AI, for a seamless, personalized and exciting tourism experience and for the growing nececessity for stakeholders to adopt a digital strategy, investment in tourism technology is growing in importance. Leading traditional and non-traditional investors will present the in tourism technology.

Alexis Bonte, Venture Partner, CEO & Co-Founder, Atomico & eRepubliks Lab

Lio Chen, Managing Director, Travel & Hospitality Center of Innovation, Plug and Play

Morten Lund, Investor, Founder & CEO, Poshtel & ConsultingXO

Victor Chua, Founding & Managing Partner, Vynn Capital

12:00 - 12:45 Ministerial Discussion: Investing in the Future of Tourism

Ministers and other public sector stakeholders will join the private sector panelists and engage in an discussion around the challenges and opportunities for tourism. The backdrop is a world where tourists are one click away from their next destination and share their interest and emotions in real-time, and where technological advances have an exponential impact on management efficiency and sustainability. Ecosystem development, data-driven decision making, digital destination branding, the role of government and policy, are among the topics to be addressed.

Hon. Catherine A. Afeku, Minister, Ghana

H.E. Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of State of Tourism, Mexico

Hon. Michael Ellis, MP/Parliamentary Under Secretary, of State of Arts, Heritage and Tourism, United Kingdom

H.E. Mohammad Al Meheiri, Head of the National Tourism Authority, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Rashidi Hasbullah, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia

Mr. Benjamín José Liberoff Nemirovsky, Vice Minister Uruguay

Jason Song, CEO, Drore

Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA

Terry von Bibra, General Manager, Europe, Alibaba Group 

12:50 - 13:00 Closing Remarks


  • Victor Chua


    Founding & Managing Director

    Vynn Capital

    Victor is the Founding & Managing Partner of Vynn Capital, an early stage venture capital firm focusing on travel, property, food and vertical retail...

  • Dr Mario Hardy


    Chief Executive Officer


    Mario Hardy was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the not-for-profit membership association that...

  • Morten Lund


    Investor, Founder & CEO

    Poshtel & ConsultingXO

    Morten Lund is part artist part investment banker based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has founded or co-invested in more than 200 high-tech startups in...

  • Alexis Bonte


    Venture Partner, CEO & Co-Founder

    Atomico & eRepubliks Lab

    Alexis is a Venture Partner at Atomico advising on new investments in France, Spain & Portugal and Eastern Europe as well as sourcing and...

  • Jason Song




    Dr. Song graduated and received the Ph.D. degree from National Key Laboratory of Industrial Control, Zhejiang University, in June 2006. He owns solid...

  • Terry von Bibra


    General Manager, Europe

    Alibaba Group

    Terry von Bibra was appointed Alibaba Group General Manager Europe in October 2016, after having served as Managing Director of Alibaba Group Germany...

  • Gary Stewart


    Managing Director


    Gary has spent the last 20 years learning, practicing and teaching all aspects of entrepreneurial life. He began his career in 2000, working as a...

  • Lio Chen


    Managing Director of the Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation


    Lio Chen is Managing Director of the Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation at Plug and Play. In his current role, Chen is responsible for...

  • Richard Quest


    International business correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business


    Richard Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend...

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