Contact & Team

We are a team of highly qualified professionals who care about a perfect interaction between you and our service providers. We work in an environment of creativity and innovation and we love to inspire our clients.

Uli Gerstmeier
Managing Partner and Theologian

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.

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.

Alin Bartke
Senior Sales & Product Consultant

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.

Denise Buchanan
Canadian & US Sales Representative

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.

Diana Fabricius
Senior Sales & Product Consultant

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
Junior Sales & Product Consultant

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
Junior Sales & Product Consultant

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
Senior Sales & Product Consultant

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 Traeber
Junior Sales & Product Consultant

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 have been living and working in Dresden, where I had the chance to learn more about the operative and administrative side of the hotel business and cosolidated my acquired skills. As a new member of APPINA TRAVEL GmbH I am looking forward to be of assistance in your travel planning.

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!

Susanne Erfurth
Senior Sales & Product Consultant

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.

My passion for the tourism market woke up already during my apprenticeship as a travel agent at a coach operator in Bavaria. During my studies in Tourism Management at the FH Munich I completed my knowledge of this market.

For many years I gained experience in sales and marketing while working for renowned wholesalers as well as my knowledge in contracting hotels during my work for market-leading coach operators. All this experiences make an ideal entrance for my new challenge as hotel contractor and product development at APPINA TRAVEL.

After my apprenticeship as a tax consultant in Koblenz I worked in the accounting department of the Bavarian Vereinsbank in Munich. From 1995 till 1999 I’ve been working in the tax department of the Price Waterhouse Coopers German Revision AG.

I’ve been doing the bookkeeping for Appina Travel GmbH from 2006 till 2008. Since the middle of January I’m happy to be doing the bookkeeping for Appina Travel GmbH once again.I’m living in Gauting with my husband and our three sons.

Sarah Kornmann
Junior Sales & Product Consultant

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 workeld as vicarious banquet manager on a renowned state winery near Dresden.

Here I did anything for satisfying my guests and clients.I still
maintain this claim, and I´m very happy to bring my experiences and knowledge to APPINA TRAVEL as it´s new member.I would be glad to take part of making your journey a very special one.