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Cracking the Innovation Code: Digital Tourism

Tonight we will have a very special guest at our meetup - Mr. Glenn D. Fogel, The Priceline Group's (The owner of Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning & Executive Vice President of Corporate Development!!!


Tel Aviv Global & Tourism and DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, chaired by Mr. Yossi Vardi, invite you to a Meetup dedicated to the latest trends in digital tourism. As part of the Tel Aviv Innovation Week, the Meetup will include a discussion followed by a Q&A session and a chance to network with leading digital tourism entrepreneurs and industry experts. 

Top-tier international guest lecturers to include:

Frans van der Avert (Amsterdam)

Frans Van der Avert is the CEO of Amsterdam Marketing, Responsible for ensuring Amsterdam is marketed internationally under the ‘I amsterdam’ brand. Van der Avert is a member of several different boards and advisory committees. Previously, he was responsible for public relations for the Rijksmuseum and for the Hermitage Amsterdam museum's launch, following which Frans Van der Avert was awarded the title of Communication Person of the Year.

Yael Arad

Yael Arad is VP of Business Development at WebyClip, a company specializing in targeted video optimization. World-famous for being the first Israeli ever to win an Olympic medal in her days as a professional Judo athlete, Arad is still active in sports today, though she focuses her efforts at being a top-gun entrepreneur and an expert in international business development.  Arad excels in online and offline marketing strategies and is a sought-after guest lecturer in these fields.

 Adi Zellner

A passionate internet entrepreneur, Adi Zellner is Head of the recently launched WixHotels. is a leading web development platform enabling anyone to build a free and professional online website, and WixHotels is a holistic booking engine that can be fully integrated into any Wix website. Ms. Zellner's vast experience in hi-tech includes leading a R&D team as an officer in an elite IDF technology unit, consulting to companies in the defense and security industry and data mining research for e-learning systems.

Dr. Kris Naudts

Formerly an academic psychiatrist and medical director, Dr. Kris Naudts (MD PhD) followed his great passion and founded The CultureTrip – a London and Tel Aviv based startup in the digital travel space. The CultureTrip is a free online service for recommendations on what to do in cities all around the world. 

Sharon Landes-Fischer

As Head of Tourist Services at Tel Aviv Global & Tourism, Sharon Landes-Fischer is keen on ensuring that visitors enjoy the best experience possible in the global city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. She is currently leading an initiative to cultivate the growth of the city's 'Digital Tourism' scene. Landes-Fischer is also responsible for two Tourist Information Centers in the city. She brings a diverse and global approach.

Jonathan Meiri

Jonathan Meiri has been in the travel space for the last 7 years and is currently the CEO of Superfly a Big Data Travel Co. He worked as a Product Manager for eBay and launched PayPal Mobile when he lived in San Francisco.  Prior to founding Superfly, Jonathan was the VP Product and analytics at WorldMate. Jonathan started a group called Travel Startups in Israel (TSII). TSII members are all founders of travel start ups in Israel that aim to help other TSII members. Jonathan is also a mentor with Daka90 labs, A travel focused fund.  

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  • Tel Aviv G.

    We'd like to thank all the participants of our last meetup, held Tuesday Sept. 16th

    Thank you to our speakers: Glenn Fogel, Frans van der Avert, Dr. Kris Naudts, Yael Arad, Adi Zellner and Jonathan Meiri, who enlightened us with a brilliant discussion on what it takes to make it in the industry.

    A special thanks is reserved to the ever-expanding Digital Tourism community of Tel Aviv - with its entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy we expect to see amazing things in the very near future!

    Find out more about Digital Tourism opportunities offered by Tel Aviv Global & Tourism here:!digital-tourism/c1yu8 See you next time!

    September 21, 2014

  • nissim b.

    Very interesting meeting. Thank you

    September 17, 2014


    What pleasure... just keep on initiating similar events !

    1 · September 17, 2014

  • Daniel P.

    Was very interesting.
    Very knowledgeable persons on the stage.

    1 · September 17, 2014

  • Fabiana M.

    It was so interesting and useful to hear such amazing and experienced people and to have the chance to meet so many internationals. Todà!

    1 · September 17, 2014

  • Kris

    Great experience. Thanks again for having us. When people ask in London why we set up an office in Tel Aviv, I can only paraphrase Bill Clinton: It's the amount of talented people there, stupid!

    3 · September 17, 2014

  • Alon F.

    Certainly a great success for Sharon & the team- bringing such a respected and international panel to a public house in TLV.

    1 · September 17, 2014

  • Gil S.

    Hi, The meetup was fun and enlightening, I do agree that creating a travel oriented tech community can help many. we at are happy to meet the new guys (we first started in 1996 with online hotels booking) and look for ways to cooperate and share our experience... Thanks!

    September 17, 2014

  • Avidan S.

    Great meetup, interesting discussion and amazing lineup.

    1 · September 17, 2014

  • Isaac S.


    September 17, 2014

  • Erez B.

    Hello, my business partner, Mr Itzik Baram, would like to join me to the meetup this evening. Is it ok?
    Thanks, Erez BOUSSO

    September 16, 2014

    • Tel Aviv G.

      Hello Mr. Bousso, for the purpose of networking between group members - we strongly recommend he RSVPs on the website. Otherwise you can list him as your +1 (there is an option on the website)

      See you tonigh!

      September 16, 2014

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