Florian Sengstschmid, holds a degree in tourism and sociology and has worked in almost every field within the tourism sector over the past 18 years.
He started his professional career within the private sector, initially as an incoming and incentive operator in Austria before working for an international luxury brand 5 stars-hotel as its sales and marketing director. Some years later he joined the Vienna Tourist Board and set up and led its marketing department for Central and Eastern Europe.
In 1999 he joined the Austrian National Tourist Board as their regional director for Russia and CIS countries. Whilst in Moscow he also worked as a Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy before returning to Vienna to run several departments of the Austrian National Tourist Board.
Since 2005 he has concentrated on supporting public bodies engaged in tourism promotion and destination management.
His work has included acting as the personal adviser to the President of the European Travel Commission and to the CEO at the Austrian Tourist Board.
He has advised the Hungarian Tourist Board on destination management, various organisations on regional tourism development and has acted as Project Leader in EU Twinning Project to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Azerbaijan.
Currently he is advising on the national tourism strategy for Estonia and the United Nations – UNIDO on a poverty alleviation and community re-vitalization program in Iran and the Vietnam National Tourism Authority on product development and branding.
He also founded his own consultancy, EUDS, and was Executive Director of the Azerbaijan Convention Bureau.
He combines multiple perspectives on tourism development with a strong strategic and operational approach, drawn from a wealth of hands-on experiences gained all around the world.
World Travel Summit 2020 “Travel in the New Normal” | September 7th, 2020