Robert Andrzejczyk, President of Polish Tourism Organisation, will for the next two years serve as Vice President of European Travel Commission (ETC). The Polish candidate was re-elected for a second term in a unanimous vote.
The new authorities of the European Travel Commission were elected during its 99th General Meeting. Luís Araújo, Head of the Portuguese National Tourism Authority, will lead ETC with Robert Andrzejczyk, President of Polish Tourism Organisation, as one of three Vice Presidents.
“This is a great honour and an enormous distinction. I am very glad to again receive the support of so many members. I would like to thank them for their trust and promise to keep working hard for the sake of the European tourism community. We face daunting challenges both at the domestic and European level”, said Robert Andrzejczyk.
Robert Andrzejczyk is the first Pole to find himself in the top management of an economically seminal international organization. ETC vice presidents are elected for a two-year term.
“The election of POT’s President to this position is another evidence of trust in Poland and recognition of our efforts aimed at the development of tourism industry. The ongoing work on the EU recovery fund is one of the reasons why it is now crucial to have a Polish representative join the management of a prominent international institution. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to President Andrzejczyk and wish him many successes in the position”, said Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Development.
European Travel Commission is an international organisation established in 1948 and comprising membership from 33 European national tourism organisations. Its main goal is to promote Europe as a tourist destination and act as a major platform for exchanging market data. The key promotional undertakings of ETC are aimed at overseas markets: North and South America plus Asia. While ETC itself is not a part of official European Union structures, it receives some of EU funding. European Travel Commission is based in Brussels.
Dr Robert Andrzejczyk has been the Vice President of ETC since May 2018 and President of Polish Tourism Organisation since September 2017. Just before the latter appointment he was associated with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. In addition, he also dealt with international cooperation while working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. Prior to joining the civil service, Andrzejczyk was for several years involved in public relations and marketing research. He is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and the Adam Mickiewicz University.
Polish Tourism Organisation is subject to the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and acts as a bridge between government activities and tourism industry. Its objective is to showcase Poland as an attractive and modern tourist destination distinguished by high-quality services and friendly prices. POT is involved in undertakings intended to promote and develop Polish tourism both at home and abroad.