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Canadian & US Sales Representative

Denise Buchanan

Sales Representative North America

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.

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Luis Lintner

Managing Partner

Phone +49 89 189345 13

Fax +49 89 189345 14

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/Theologian

Phone +49 89 189345 11

Fax +49 89 189345 12

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 22

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.

Angie Mittelstädt

Accounting & Controlling

Phone +49 89 189345 59

Fax +49 89 189345 60

Email buchhaltung(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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During my commercial training program, I focused on accounting, controlling and business administration. Gastronomy, then, was my first contact with tourism. In the following years, I worked for several hotels in Dresden in their reservation, accounting and controlling departments. Since January, I wholeheartedly arrived in tourism. Now I have the pleasure to combine my expertise in accounting as well as controlling with APPINA’s interesting group tours.

Davide Valin

Contracting Manager Italy

Phone +39 328 9255409

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 Representative North America

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 42

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.

Isabelle Häberle

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 27

Fax +49 89 189345 28

Email isabelle.haeberle(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I fell in love with the tourism industry, by successfully completing my education as a businesswoman for tourism and leisure. I was working in a spa resort in the Black Forest, where I was able to gather my first experience in organizing trips. Afterwards I studied tourism management in Kempten to deepen my knowledge and expand my skills. Since October 2015 I am part of the APPINA TRAVEL team and I am looking forward to offer you my support on planning your next trip.

Luisa Ehrlich

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 57

Fax +49 89 189345 58

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.

Monika Krügl

Sales Manager German Speaking Markets

Phone +49 89 189345 23

Fax +49 89 189345 24

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.

Patricia Träber

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 351 899619 53

Fax +49 89 189345 54

Email patricia.traeber(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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My apprenticeship as a hotel specialist in Lindau on Lake Constance was the perfect introduction to the gastronomy business. In a family-run hotel I had the opportunity to work in all divisions and acquire comprehensive knowledge. After graduation I moved back to my hometown Chemnitz, where I worked at a country house hotel and gained work experience hosting weddings, corporate events and looking after guests. Since 2008 I live and work in Dresden, where I had the chance to learn more about the operative and administrative side of the hotel business and consolidate my acquired skills. In 2015 I joined APPINA TRAVEL, and I am looking forward to be of assistance in your travel planning.

Robert Bopp

Sales Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 63

Fax +49 89 189345 64

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.

Sabrina Paschke

Digital Marketing Manager

Phone +49 176 189345 17

Fax +49 89 189345 20

Email sabrina.paschke(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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During my studies of tourism management at the Hochschule Harz I could gain first experiences at APPINA TRAVEL. Due to my growing interest in travelling and several stays abroad I also did my second internship at a major German tour operator.

Since 2008 I am a proud member of the APPINA TRAVEL team.
Since then I have organized many exciting trips to Italy and Spain. Since 2013 I have a daughter and I am now responsible for the website of APPINA TRAVEL, which I love to take care of!

Sarah Kornmann

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 55

Fax +49 89 189345 56

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.

Shanice Byrd

Sales Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 37

Fax +49 89 189345 38

Email shanice.byrd(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Due to my international background and my upbringing in 2 different cultures, I’ve always been interested in tourism. My family and I went back to my homeland, Jamaica, on several occasions and I also went on many trips on my own. This has encouraged me to stay true to my career aspirations. After my training as a state-approved tourism assistant, I completed several internships and a degree in International Tourism Management in Saarbrücken. During my studies, I was able to gain further work experience at a well-known holiday park company. Since April 2018 I am now part of APPINA TRAVEL and I am happy to help and advise you on your travels.

Stephanie Konopka

Sales Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 41

Fax +49 89 189345 20

Email stephanie.konopka(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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After finishing my apprenticeship as a travel agent, I was very fortunate to pursue my passion for traveling for many years.
I worked as a tour guide and an assistant for cruise management for approximately six years on several cruise ships. After much consideration, I decided to further support this sector, but onshore.
Subsequently, new challenges were calling me in the form of being an assistant for the recording management of the film and television industry. This period was also filled with a high volume of travels which led me to my final decision to start working in the travel industry again.
Since June 2018, I now have the great opportunity to use my strengths, my passion and many years of experience at APPINA TRAVEL. I am excited to help you with new fresh ideas for your itineraries and to make your travel wishes come true.

Susanne Erfurth

Contracting Manager Europe

Phone +49 176 189345 25

Fax +49 89 189345 34

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.

Verena Stümpfle

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 39

Fax +49 89 189 345 40

Email verena.stuempfle(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Growing up in Bavaria I discovered my passion for travelling and my interest in other countries and cultures after living and studying abroad in America and Spain. Therefore I decided to study tourism management in Deggendorf, where I got first insights and experiences in the field of tourism.
My first practical experience I was able to gain at a company for eventmanagement. After that I was convinced, that as my professional career I would love to plan and organize trips. Now I am part of APPINA TRAVEL since July 2017 and I am more than happy to help you organize your trips.