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Sales Manager North America

Denise Buchanan

Sales Manager Canada

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

Margarette-Anne Oliver

Sales Manager USA

Phone 001 647 648 340

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

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Before joining APPINA TRAVEL this September, I have had the amazing opportunity to be home full-time with my two girls. Previous to this, I worked in a marketing role within the tourism industry and also in an event sales role for a world renowned publisher and events company. I am very excited to be apart of the APPINA TRAVEL team and to help fulfill this life dream for others – and spark a life long love of travel!

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Luis Lintner

Managing Partner

Phone +49 89 189345 13

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

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

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 Manager/ Digital Marketing Manager

Phone +49 89 189345 59

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.

Annika Wehrle

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 39

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

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

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

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.

Federica Cappelli

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 27

Email federica.cappelli(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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I grew up in Rimini, one of the most famous cities on the Adriatic coast. The German language has always been very close to me and so I studied interpreting and translation at university. I also speak English, Spanish and Arabic. Travelling is more than a hobby for me, it represents a "necessity", because travelling means freedom, independence and getting to know something new and people, but above all, it means gaining experience. With every journey you experience something new.
I decided to move to Germany because I love the language and the mentality.
With APPINA TRAVEL I have found the opportunity to help others organising a perfect and tailor-made itinerary for every need.
I love sharing my knowledge and experiences, epecially about my home country Italy.

Isabelle Frank

Operations Consultant

Phone +49 89 189345 27

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

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

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.

Margarette-Anne Oliver

Sales Manager USA

Phone 001 647 648 340

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

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Before joining APPINA TRAVEL this September, I have had the amazing opportunity to be home full-time with my two girls. Previous to this, I worked in a marketing role within the tourism industry and also in an event sales role for a world renowned publisher and events company. I am very excited to be apart of the APPINA TRAVEL team and to help fulfill this life dream for others – and spark a life long love of travel!

Monika Krügl

Sales Manager German Speaking Markets

Phone +49 89 189345 23

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

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

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

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.

Victoria Schwenke

Operations Consultant North America

Phone +49 89 189345 65

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.