About us

Video inspiration to travel

Welcome to the World is designed to boost direct bookings and support our travel & tourism partners. We aim to create a strong connection between the business and the traveller, who can enjoy amazing benefits on the journey.

We are founded by a group of marketeers with a mission to support the sustainable growth of tourism globally. 

Browse. Book. Benefit.

Welcome to the World is a 100% video-based platform dedicated to the travel and tourism industry. Our mission is to inspire the world to explore and travel by directly supporting the people that welcome travellers at their destination.

Our platform provides local hospitality with the opportunity to share new and engaging content, offering you unique insights into destinations and travel experiences. We believe that by inspiring, welcoming and directly connecting travellers to destinations, tourism can grow sustainably.

How does it work?


Discover your next destination, prepare your ultimate trip and find the best places to sleep, eat, socialise, shop and more. 


We charge 0% commission; when you click the 'Book Directly' button you support the business in avoiding high commission paid to Online Travel Agencies.


Enjoy unique benefits that businesses can offer because you book directly with them. So enjoy your free minibar, spa voucher or exclusive discount today.

“What a difference one word makes” – An article by our founder.

When we changed our site’s “Book” button to say, instead, “Book direct”, tourism product owners just got it. With the addition of the word ‘directly’, they realised that the power of booking had been put back in their hands, allowing them to bypass paying commission, to have better access to the interactions that enable them to understand their customers’ needs, and to share what it is that makes them unique – directly.

For many product owners, the move was not only against the grain, but it even felt a little incredulous: were we really sending customers off of our site, directly to theirs? And yes, this seems to run contrary to everything that marketers know about keeping customers on-site – particularly when there’s a whole content platform to be explored, clicks to be counted, and time-on-site to be accumulated – but for us at Welcome to the World it was important.

...This wasn’t just about the booking process, there was much more going on behind that button. Our approach was about ensuring that the power is put back into the hands of tourism product owners, from restaurants to hotels, small businesses to luxury properties. We wanted to abolish high commission rates and present a way to achieve the same results through a collaborative approach.

For the traveller, the benefits were obvious: trust and practicality. No-one knows their businesses like these product owners do, and that meant that travellers get to benefit from insider knowledge through a direct connection that allows them access to the people best-suited to answering the questions that’ll optimize their experiences.

The events of the last few months have left little doubt in any of our minds that our spending choices have a genuine impact on businesses in the hospitality industry. In a Covid-19 climate, we’ve seen first-hand that our purchases can save our old favourites and local stalwarts. And we’ve also learned how much our support means to the establishments that we once took for granted.

For many would-be travellers, the decision to book trips and experiences locally has been made for us by restricted borders, so it would be difficult to say with any certainty that consumers have made the shift to “choosing” local travel, and even more of a stretch to suggest that we’re all doing so for altruistic reasons.

But whatever their motivations, travellers are choosing destinations closer to home, and loving what they discover on their own doorsteps. For travel product owners, this is cause for both celebration and smart strategy. Image and video sharing platforms have had an undeniable impact on the ways in which we experience a destination – first on our screens, then in person. As travellers, we get an impressively intimate preview of what to expect from experiences, hotels, and even our meals, thanks to multimedia created and shared by individuals from owners to influencers and everyday travellers.

Our world has changed, and so have the ways in which we explore it. An increasingly well-prepared and savvy consumer isn’t someone to underestimate, but to embrace, and new attitudes to travel have the potential to move the industry in a direction that benefits travellers and providers alike. Wherever the future takes us, we’re confident that our current era isn’t an end to travel as we know it – it’s the beginning of a transformation.

Stefanie Schachtschabel
Founder, Welcome to the World

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Our Founder, C-suite & Team

Stefanie Schachtschabel

Founder & CEO

Melvin Visser

Chief Information Officer

Stefan Ciorici

Chief Technology Officer

Casper van de Minkelis

Chief Strategy Officer

Jeroen Vliex

Chief Commercial Officer

Servatius Palmans

Non Executive Director

Martie Daems

Non-Executive Director

Elian Ted Musch

Head of marketing

Advisory board

Gus Schellekens

Corporate Strategy

Sander Janssen

Business Development - Global

Koen Sweers

Corporate Strategy

Neill van Rooyen

Corporate Strategy & Digital, Marketing

Pancho Buitenhuis

Franchise Development

Said EL Mehroumi

Financial Strategy

Hein Heyster

Business Development - Netherlands

Our stars in the UAE

Martie Daems

Managing Partner Franchise UAE

Abdul Qadir

Partnership Manager

Andrea Dias

Video Editor

Nick Philippo

Business Development Intern

Our stars in The Netherlands

Evert den Hartogh

Managing Partner Franchise Netherlands

Jacco den Hartogh

Managing Partner Franchise Netherlands

Bart van der Linde

Partnerships Netherlands

Clara del Olmo Mozas

Social Media intern

Monique Custers

Business Developer