We are delighted to announce the upcoming ASTM Spring Conference Vevey, which will take place at the Modern Times on April 18th 2023. This event promises to be a great opportunity for attendees to network and learn from industry leaders in their field. We look forward to announcing more details soon.
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09:00 - Welcome coffee and registration
09:30 - Welcome from the ASTM
09:45 - COVAX: equitable vaccination for a world in crisis
Alex Beecher, Senior Executive Officer to the Managing Director of the Office of the COVAX Facility at Gavi
Alex Beecher is the Senior Executive Officer to the Managing Director of the Office of the COVAX Facility, acting as a chief of staff to the leader of Gavi’s COVID-19 response. He supported the development of the COVAX Facility as it scaled up, navigated considerable uncertainty, and ultimately mobilized over $12B USD to provide nearly 2B doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 164 countries.
10:15 - PanEuropean Association Update
Daniela Berdin, Travel Manager, Askoll Group; Head of International Relations & Regional Ambassador, AITMM
Berntrand Lacotte, Europe CPO, Wipro; Board Member, AFTM
Stephanie Smook, Managing Director, CORTAS
10:45 - Panel: Travelling Through the Tech Jungle: A debate on AI, Chatbots and More
Kai-Gordon Weiland, Senior Vice President Sales & Customer Success, Atriis
Christian Rosenbaum, Chair Technology Committee, VDR
Markus Sommer, Country Manager Switzerland, Yokoy
11:30 - Coffee Break
11:45 - Panel: Unlocking the Potential of the Travel Function in Large Organizations
Nathalie Ansermoz, Indirect Procurement Country Manager FR & CH / EMEA Travel Manager, Parker Hannifin Sarl
Benoit Gascoin, Senior Travel Manager, Partners Group AG
Grégoire Henry, Chief of Travel, Accommodation and Conference services, UEFA
Christian Schilling, Global Procurement Travel Manager, Expertise in Business Improvement & Supplier Management, ex Rio Tinto
12:30 - Hotel Presentation
Cyril Dederding, General Manager, Modern Times Hotel
12:35 - Networking Lunch
14:00 - Workshop: Communicating in the New Business Environment: Overcoming Challenges and Adapting to Industry Evolution
Moderated by Sabah Kahoul, Vice President, ASTM
The travel industry has undergone significant changes in recent times, and effective communication has become more critical than ever. This workshop will explore the key communication challenges faced by businesses in the new environment and provide strategies to overcome them. We will also discuss new tools/technologies being used in the travel industry and their impact on communication with travelers. Additionally, we will share insights on measuring the success of communication efforts with travelers and the metrics used to do so.
15:20 - Coffee Break
15:35 - Update from CIBT on the latest changes in entry requirements
2022 Q1 saw a world still very much in the midst of a global pandemic. Numerous international borders remained closed, significant trade and travel corridors had only recently reopened, with concessions in both immigration and visa rules that were inexorably linked to the early stages of a world in pandemic. The world in 2023 Q1 is very different. We have reviewed over seventy changes in policy, procedure and process in both immigration and travel and will provide you with a short update.
Carsten Ostberg, Chief Strategy Officer, CIBTvisas
16:10 - What we learned today?
16:20 - Networking Aperitif
Modern Times Hotel
Address: Chem. du Genévrier 20, 1806 Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz
Modern Times Hotel is ideally located in Vaud Riviera, near the center of Vevey and next to motorway exits A9 and A12.
How to get there:
By train : After arriving by train in Vevey, take the regional train, direction St-Légier/Blonay, and get off at « Château-d’Hauteville » which is 80 meters walking distance from the hotel.
By car : Arriving from Lausanne on the A9 motorway or from Bern on the A12, take the « Vevey » exit and follow the sign « Vevey ». You will see the hotel on the first roundabout.
Parking : 80 parking places and an underground car park with 40 parking spaces are available at the hotel.