sts-4-1We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to come up with new topic ideas and finding expert speakers for the Social Travel Summit in Hamburg. We’ve confirmed a good number of speakers and sessions, including our keynotes.

We’re very excited to announce that Andrew Grill, the former CEO of online influence platform Kred, will speak about Bloggers and Brands – Walking a Fine Line into the Future of Social. Another topic that we’re looking forward to discussing is neuromarketing and the online application of this science. Sara Fay, from WordofMedia, will present her views on neuromarketing strategies and social media tactics. In addition, we’ll have best-selling author and marketing expert, Andrew Davis, speak about creating mutually-beneficial creative partnerships between brands and bloggers.

We’ll also have insightful workshops on SEO (“SEO in 2015: How to Earn Your Ranking”), Conversion (“Engagement to Conversion: 4 Simple Steps for Stronger Online Results”), smartphone video strategies, storytelling and many more.

Please visit our Programme page for more details on our confirmed speakers and sessions.

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New sponsors

We’re also very excited to announce new sponsors for the Social Travel Summit:

MSC_final-fpPremium Sponsor: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the market leader in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil, sailing year-round in the Mediterranean. Its seasonal itineraries cover northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and French Antilles, South America, southern Africa, as well as the Emirates and Oman.

According to David Arcifa (MSC Cruises Corporate Social Media Manager), “We sponsored the first Summit last year in Leipzig and were impressed by the level of professionalism of all the bloggers involved, which, in turn, creates the ideal setting for a fruitful industry/blogger exchange and possible future collaboration. We all learn from one another.

In addition, the fact that this year’s event is held in Hamburg resonated deeply with MSC Cruises as we have one ship – the beautiful MSC Splendida – that will be based in this harbour for the summer. MSC Cruises also looks with a great interest at the German market and is scheduled to increase its capacity in the German market by 30% in the summer of 2016.”

Norway_sponsorPlatinum Sponsor: Visit Norway

Visit Norway is the official Norwegian tourism office. Visit Norway helps journalists and bloggers, who would like to report about Norway, and presents the country with marketing campaigns, initiatives and on fairs. A mixed team of Norway-enthusiasts looks after Visit Norway’s social media channels, plans online campaigns and keeps the website updated. In Germany the Visit Norway-office is located in Hamburg.

According to Visit Norway, “We started very early to work with bloggers. What we like: New eyes looking on Norway, new forms of presentation, and inspired and interesting people. For us it’s exciting and really fun to work with bloggers and Norway is worth to be seen with new eyes every day!”

In addition, “We attended the first STS in Leipzig and were really convinced by the concept of the event! It was obvious that the pre-selection of bloggers worked out very well. All contacts we got during the days were fruitful. We get contacted by a lot of bloggers, but we’ve never met so many interesting and creative bloggers in one place! This concentrated blogger-competence combined with the high level presentations is for us the ideal platform to present Norway!

skyscanner_RGB_cirrus_reversedPlatinum Sponsor: Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

Skyscanner’s flexible search options mean you can browse prices across a whole month, or even a year, allowing you to get the best deals. You always book direct with the airline or travel agent, so you get the lowest price, with no extra fees added.

We’ve been in the travel business for 10 years, and we employ more than 30 different nationalities from our global offices in the UK, Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen, Miami and Barcelona. We have over 60 million visitors every month who use us to find flights in more than 30 different languages – we hope we can help you find yours too!

Skyscanner is pleased to be involved with Social Travel Summit 2015, where we hope to meet many familiar faces and meet lots more of you.

We hope to work more closely with content creators and influencers in the world of travel to share amazing stories and experiences, with the ultimate aim of finding the best ways to create long-term mutually-beneficial relationships between you and our brand.

canada-fp-spnsor-logoGold Sponsor: Canadian Tourism Commission

We want to inspire you – and everyone you know – to #ExploreCanada. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is Canada’s national tourism marketing organization. As Canada’s tourism industry leader, we highlight the country’s best and most culturally enriching experiences. We promote Canada’s extraordinary destinations and people in 11 countries around the world by working with key influencers and leveraging social media channels. We inspire curious travellers to keep exploring the 10 million square kilometres of breathtaking, selfie-worthy, and mouth-watering experiences we offer in our natural wonders and our big, exciting cities.  @canadanim and @Destoffice  are looking forward to  meeting  everyone attending  STS 2015.

MBme_M_n_3CwebGold Sponsor: Mercedes me

The Mercedes me Store Hamburg combines a total of 550 square meters vehicle presentation, catering, events, information and advice plus digital interaction to offer visitors an interactive brand and product experience. Regular events on monthly changing themes and best culinary care by Kofler & Kompanie invite you to stay and return. The cutting-edge Mercedes me store in Hamburg will be the venue of the STS closing party.

According to Tobias Mueller, Store Manager Mercedes me Hamburg, “The Social Travel Summit is very exciting for us because our theme of the events in April is travelling, so the conference fits perfectly. Furthermore the reporting about trips on blogs and social media is a constant growing topic, which we follow with great interest. We are very pleased to support the conference of the Travel Bloggers and would be happy to welcome all participants at the closing party in our store.”

The Social Travel Summit 2015 is supported by: