The Travel Congress is the independent knowledge event for the professional travel industry, focusing on exchanging and gathering knowledge, inspiration and networking. The event features a varied, substantive programme, which gives you tools that you can immediately apply in your own field of work. The programme includes several plenary keynotes, break-out sessions, panel discussions and interviews. The first edition of the Travel Congress will focus on the following theme:



Are you and your organisation ready for the future? It’s your move! The travel industry is always in motion, and the number different trends and developments is mind-boggling. What is your organisational focus in the creation of added value for the consumer, and how do you ensure that your organisation is ready for the future in terms of sustainability, technological developments and the rapid growth of tourism? In short, are your vision and strategy future-proof? Sustainability; a social challenge and a broad concept that also affects the travel industry. How do you respond to this development, how do you implement sustainability in your organisation and where do you start? What do we focus on, with all these different tools and tactics, both online and offline, and what about interpersonal communication? How can you efficiently implement the various marketing and communication channels for different target groups in 2019? Technologies are becoming ever smarter: the use of artificial intelligence, but also the use of content marketing and social media remain important for the customer journey.


Be inspired by the speakers below!

William Price


Jeremy Smith

author Transforming Travel

Danny Mekic

Technology and innovation expert

Tessa aan de Stegge

Trend Watcher & Trend Strategist

Corné Dijkmans

senior researcher Online Marketing & New Media; Breda University of Applied Sciences & Diederick Janssens, Brand Strategist and Business Coach

Diederick Janssens

Brand Strategist and Business Coach

Lara Ankersmit

Head of Digital at NOS

Marnix van Gisbergen

professor digital media concepts

Gerben Hardeman

Travel Tomorrow at ANVR: Technology, Customer Experience, Sustainability

Paul Peeters

Professor Centre for Sustainability Tourism and Transport

Inka Pieter

Director CSR & Environmental strategy at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Bas Liebeek

director public affairs & corporate development at TUI Nederland

Stephen Hodes

director and co-founder of La Group / Amsterdam in Progress

Victoria Pearce

sales, marketing and communications specialist

Vincent Thamm

Agile coach, Royal Schiphol Group

Isabel Mosk

tourism & destination marketing strategist.

Dennis Boutkan

board member Municipality of Amsterdam, tourism

Maaike van der Windt

Head of Aviation Marketing, Cargo & Customer Experience

Jos Vranken

General Director of NBTC Holland Marketing

Linda Volkers

Marketing Manager, Rijksmuseum

Wyb Meijer

Executive Director of SHTA

Gijs van den Boom

Co-initiator Travel Impact Lab, founder Acato

Marloes de Hooge

editor-in-chief of travel blog

Bas van Teylingen

Chief Creative Officer / partner at Online Cookie Collective

Andreas Frey

Digital and Experience Marketing Manager

Marijke Slaats

Teamlead Branded Content, TUI Benelux

Hans Steenbergen

Co- founder, managing partner & trendwachter at food inspiration trendagency

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The Travel Congress is organised by Jaarbeurs, and is a joint initiative by Vakantiebeurs and ANVR. The programme has been carefully compiled by these parties, in collaboration with expert partners.

Lobke Elbers, Industry Specialist digitisation and technology in travel, tourism & hospitality & Isabel Mosk, Destination Marketing Strategist, Public Speaker, Tourism & Destination Marketing. They have both earned their spurs in the travel world and have extensive knowledge and experience in the field.


The ‘Supernova’ conference centre is located inside the Jaarbeurs complex and is easily accessible by car and public transport. If you come by car, from the Ring Utrecht, follow the blue ANWB signs for ‘Jaarbeurs’. If you arrive by train, the Jaarbeurs is only a few minutes on foot from Utrecht Central Station.