Difficult times for the industry during the pandemy period require concerted efforts and the involvement of the most experienced professionals. The Dean of the Faculty of Tourism at WSTiE, Dr Bartłomiej Walas, has been recognized as such a professional and this week received a nomination to the Expert Council for Tourism.
The newly established advisory council was created in the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology. The Council consists of top class practitioners whose task will be to give opinions and formulate positions on proposals for systemic solutions in tourism. Dean Walas, thanks to his many years of experience, will also contribute to giving opinions and presenting proposals for legislative initiatives in the field of tourism. His competences will also include initiating activities for the benefit of: sustainable development of tourism, competitiveness of the offer of Polish tourism in the international market and creation of innovative tourism products (in particular through strengthening social activity and entrepreneurship in the tourism sector).
Both the industry representatives and the academic staff have no doubts – he is the right man in the right place. Bartłomiej Walas is not only a charismatic lecturer and speaker, but above all an outstanding specialist in the field of tourism policy and marketing. He has rich scientific and implementation achievements as well as many years of experience in public administration. He held managerial positions in the Branch Office of the Institute of Tourism and in the Cracow Tourist Company Wawel-Tourist. Since 1996 he has been associated with the Office of Physical Culture and Tourism, and then with the Polish Tourist Organization, holding the position of director of the Polish Tourist Information Centre in Paris in the years 1996-2008, responsible for Polish tourism promotion on the French market. Since 2008 he has held the position of Vice-President of the Polish Tourist Organization, responsible for strategy and promotion on foreign markets.