Reinvented tourist-boss Cawley and new EU Transport Commissioner to fire up ACI EUROPE Prague Congress

Cawley - Violeta Bluc

Cawley (left): What is the ex-Ryanair second-in-command, now re-invented as the boss of the Irish national tourism development authority, going to recommend to airports to improve their share of tourist dollars? Violeta Bulc (right) the new EU Transport Commissioner: Can the Slovenian fire walker’s promised “Aviation Strategy” take the heat from an industry where 60% of airports lose money?

Next month’s ACI EUROPE annual congress in Prague is all about “Airports and the Future of Tourism” – a core area of air service development.

The EU’s new Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, a previously unknown Slovenian, will give the keynote speech. Bulc, who has had some interesting things said on her appointment about the fact that she studied as a shaman and fire walker, and is a Taekwondo black belt, is reported to have qualified for the job because she made a respectable fortune in Silicon Valley as a telecoms entrepreneur. While telling everyone about the EU’s New Aviation Strategy for Europe, perhaps Bulc will also say something about her home country’s much under-exploited tourism potential, especially now that Ljubljana Airport has been acquired by Fraport.

Cawley keynote

A second much-awaited keynote speech will be delivered by Michael Cawley – the former COO and Deputy CEO of Ryanair who is now Chairman of Fáilte Ireland, the Irish national tourism development authority. Cawley, a central architect of what became Europe’s biggest and most profitable airline, will have seen inside the board rooms of most of the airports present. Consequently delegates will be sitting on the edge of their seats to hear what the re-invented tourist promotions boss now has to recommend to airports in order to improve their share of tourist dollars.

Besides our very own Ralph Anker, Chief Analyst,, the really long list of other C-list speakers in Prague comprises:

John Holland-Kaye, CEO London Heathrow;
Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport Company, President ACI EUROPE;
Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE;
Michal Kaczmarzyk, CEO PPL (Polish Airports);
Armando Brunini, CEO Naples Airport;
Sani Sener, CEO TAV Airports;
Julian Jäger, CEO Vienna Airport;
Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO, Aéroports de Paris;
Eduardo Santander, Executive Director/CEO, European Travel Commission;
David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council;
Monika Palatková, CEO, Czech Tourism;
Phil Callow, CEO OAG;
Neil Pakey, CEO Shannon Airport;
Ignacio Biosca Vancells, Commercial Director, Aena (TBC);
Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman, CAPA;
Margus Rahuoha, Director Air Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission;
Dominique Thillaud, Président, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur;
Renata Parolari Fernandes, Editor, Five Star Magazine & Media;
Dag Rassmusen, President of Lagardère Services;
Walter Schoefer, Managing Director, Stuttgart Airport;
Yiannis Paraschis, CEO, Athens International Airport;
Dirk Schusdziara, General Manager, ICF Airports Antalya;
Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Czech Aeroholding;
Stephanie Wear Pintado, Director of Aviation, Tenerife Tourism Corporation;
Björn Óli Hauksson, Managing Director, Keflavik International Airport.

And for good measure ACI Prague also features…

David O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, Ryanair;
Karl Garnadt, CEO, Lufthansa German Airlines.

To register please visit the ACI EUROPE General Assembly,
Congress & Exhibition website  


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