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Sales Manager North America

Denise Buchanan

Sales Manager Canada & USA

Phone 001 647 391 8225

Email denise.buchanan(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I have been working in various roles in hotels and tourism for 15 years, across Canada and abroad. Travel and Tourism is truly my passion! I have lived in and travelled extensively around Europe, finally finding my way back home to Toronto, Canada. I am very happy to be able to work with APPINA TRAVEL and continue spreading my passion for Europe and Travel.

Sales Manager USA

Tina von Sachs

Sales Manager USA

Phone 001 562 682 9292

Email t.vonsachs(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I grew up in Germany and chose a career in the Travel Industry right after finishing school. I have extensive experience in various roles (Travel Agency, Tour Operator, Flight Consolidator, Business to Business Travel Sales), not only in Germany, but also worked in the Tourism Industry after I immigrated to the US. I feel fortunate to know and understand both cultures and how they relate to Tourism. Travel and Tourism is truly my passion. I travelled extensively in Europe and other countries and am very excited to be able to work with APPINA Travel so I can continue to spread my passion for Europe and Travel.

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Luis Lintner

Managing Partner

Phone +49 89 189345 13

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email luis.lintner(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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After completing a degree in business economy at the university of Innsbruck I started my career at a large German travel agency in Southern Germany. To gain international experience I then worked in key accounts at a large airline in New York City.

Back in my home region South Tyrol I managed a large skiing area, and following that I was employed as managing director in a leading British incoming agency. In April 2002 I returned to Munich to found and establish APPINA TRAVEL together with Uli Gerstmeier. I am married and have two sons.

Uli Gerstmeier

Managing Partner

Phone +49 89 189345 11

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email uli.gerstmeier(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I completed a Master degree of history and theology in Tübingen. While studying I spent 15 months at the university in Rome where I also worked as city and travel guide. After my university studies I worked with a large agency for package travel. Following this, I transferred to Berlin where I helped establish an incoming agency in the position of general manager.

After working for a few more years with another agency for package travel Luis Lintner and I founded APPINA TRAVEL GmbH in March 2002. I am married and have a son and a daughter. Additionally I give lectures on innovative product design for group tours at the FH Kempten.

Alin Müller

Sales Manager North & South America

Phone +49 89 189345 21

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email alin.mueller(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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My passion for travelling led me to work in the tourism industry. During my studies of Tourism Management at the University of Applied Science HS Harz, I gained practical experience working in the hotel industry and at tour-operators, as well as at APPINA TRAVEL.

I broadened my knowledge with studies of Tourism and Destination Development and obtained a Master’s degree. Since July 2011, I am part of APPINA TRAVEL and I am glad to assist you with organising your trips.

Annika Wehrle

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 39

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email annika.wehrle(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Different cultures and languages have always fascinated me. Therefore, it was clear to me that I would study Spanish and French. During my masters in Intercultural European Studies, I had the opportunity to spend one year in Spain’s exciting capital. In Regensburg I worked at a Spanish Film- & Culture festival, before I dedicated myself to my passion to travel at the Spanish Tourist Board in Munich. In my opinion, a successful trip needs a combination of culture and nature, gastronomy and regional flair. At APPINA TRAVEL, I am happy to consult you and find the perfect travel programme for your group.

Davide Valin

Contracting Manager Italy

Phone +39 328 9255409

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email davide.valin(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I grew up in an incredible place where I could benefit from both German and Italian cultural influence. My neighbours were running holiday apartments and hotels, so pretty soon I got involved in the travel industry. On the age of 18 I start to lead groups and studied in Bologna and Rome Sustainable Tourism. Afterwards I worked on several projects and for tour operators in Italy, Australia and Great Britain. Now back in Italy and after 20 years in the industry I am doing my best to find the best quality/price hotels and service for your clients. My main goal here at Appina Travel is to find hotels that can meet the European standards by keeping the Italian style and touch.

Denise Buchanan

Sales Manager Canada & USA

Phone 001 647 391 8225

Email denise.buchanan(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I have been working in various roles in hotels and tourism for 15 years, across Canada and abroad. Travel and Tourism is truly my passion! I have lived in and travelled extensively around Europe, finally finding my way back home to Toronto, Canada. I am very happy to be able to work with APPINA TRAVEL and continue spreading my passion for Europe and Travel.

Diana Fabricius

Sales Manager German Speaking Markets

Phone +49 89 189345 41

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email diana.fabricius(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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My interest in foreign countries and in travelling was woken up quite early, especially by the tourism enterprise of my father. This arranged me to an apprenticeship as an international tourism assistant which provided me a first insight into the hotel and tourism sector. Afterwards I could broaden my skills by studying transport economics at the Technical University of Dresden.

Now, after the theoretical study and after working in a coach enterprise I have the possibility to use my skills and experiences for planning your individual tours with APPINA TRAVEL.

Luisa Ehrlich

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 57

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email luisa.ehrlich(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Foreign countries and cultures have fascinated me from my earliest days. Saxon Switzerland, my home, is a beautiful tourism region and has influenced me in choosing challenging tourism as my industry. My first work experiences together with my professional training I gained in an Online Travel Agency in Leipzig and after completion I decided to join APPINA TRAVEL in their Dresden office in September 2015. I am looking forward to support your travel plannings to Germany in any way.

Magdalena Meder

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 37

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email magdalena.meder(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Since travelling has been a passion of mine since childhood, I decided to study tourism management after graduating from high school. During my bachelor degree I did a semester abroad in Finland and fell in love with the Nordic flair. Next, I went to Southern Sweden to pursue a Master‘s in Tourism and Sustainability. My next stop was in the beautiful region of Dalarna where I accomplished another Masters degree in Tourism Destination Development. I am delighted to have turned my passion into my profession and to use my skills to organize unique trips for you.

Melanie Conrath

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 17

Email melanie.conrath(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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“If travelling was free, they would never see me again” Since there was never anything more exciting for me than experiencing new cultures and exploring cities, I turned my passion into a profession. I completed my training in a well-known travel agency. During this time, I was able to gain invaluable hands on experience which only validated my decision to work in tourism. After my apprenticeship, I gained experience at a tour operator in operations management. There, I was able to look behind the facade and learn the individual steps that are needed to create a journey. Since March 2022, I am thrilled to be working for APPINA TRAVEL. I look forward to learning something new every day and helping you to realize your wishes.

Monika Krügl

Sales Manager German Speaking Markets

Phone +49 89 189345 23

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email monika.kruegl(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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During my training as management assistant in travel and tourism with the emphases on city tourism and event management I could gain first experiences within the tourism industry, especially by doing practical trainings at a tour operator and a hotel. By studying travel and tourism management in England I could intensify my experiences and improve my English skills. Within this study I wrote my bachelor dissertation about the image of the Phililppines as a travel destination and with it I discovered my love and curiosity for new countries.

In Europe my heart beats for the Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland, countries with exceptional charm. Since March 2008 I am part of the APPINA TRAVEL team and I am glad to offer you advice and assistance with your enquiries.

Robert Bopp

Sales Consultant North America

Phone +49 89 189345 63

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email robert.bopp(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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After studying business in the field of tourism and my successful graduation I spent several years in different countries and cultures. The most defining periods were definitely in Peru and Sweden. In the Peruvian capital Lima I worked 1 year for an incoming agency and in Stockholm almost 2 years also for a well-known DMC for group travel. Due to this international experience I speak fluent English, good Spanish and basic Swedish.
Since January 2019 I am part of the APPINA TRAVEL team and I am very glad to support your group enquiries for journeys within the beautiful and fascinating European countries in the best possible way.

Sarah Kornmann

Sales & Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 55

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email sarah.kornmann(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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As a trained hotel specialist, I gathered a lot experiences in gastronomy, hotel organisation and of course, in realizing customer requests. In recent years I worked as vicarious banquet manager on a renowned state winery near Dresden. Here I did my best to satisfying my guests and clients. I still maintain this claim, and I´m very happy to bring my experiences and knowledge to APPINA TRAVEL since February 2017. I am glad to take part in making your journey a very special one.

Susanne Fischer

Contracting Manager Europe

Phone +49 176 189345 25

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email susanne.erfurth(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Travelling foreign countries and cultures has already interested me at an early stage. Thus, it became clear very soon that I would love to work in tourism. I completed my studies of Leisure and Tourism Management at the FH Stralsund as well as at a Spanish university.

After gaining first practical experiences at group and study tour operators in Canada and Germany, I am now part of the APPINA TRAVEL team. Since April 2011, I am pleased to assist you with all aspects of your tour.

Tina von Sachs

Sales Manager USA

Phone 001 562 682 9292

Email t.vonsachs(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I grew up in Germany and chose a career in the Travel Industry right after finishing school. I have extensive experience in various roles (Travel Agency, Tour Operator, Flight Consolidator, Business to Business Travel Sales), not only in Germany, but also worked in the Tourism Industry after I immigrated to the US. I feel fortunate to know and understand both cultures and how they relate to Tourism. Travel and Tourism is truly my passion. I travelled extensively in Europe and other countries and am very excited to be able to work with APPINA Travel so I can continue to spread my passion for Europe and Travel.

Victoria Schwenke

Operations Consultant North America

Phone +49 89 189345 65

Fax +49 89 189345 45

Email victoria.schwenke(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Vacation time and discovering new places is the best time of the year for me. That is the reason why I turned my passion into my career. I studied tourism management at the University of Cooperative Education in Breitenbrunn, Saxony. During my periodic internships, I sold holiday packages in a travel agency. After graduation, I wanted to further my knowledge within the organization of holiday trips and wanted to have the chance to be more creative in my work.
Since October 2019 I am part of APPINA TRAVEL and I am looking forward to offering you my support on planning your next trip.