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ASTM Spring Conference Vevey

  • 18 Apr 2023
  • 09:00 - 17:30
  • Modern Times Hotel
  • 24


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

Keynote Speaker:

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, WiproBoard 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. 

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