Q: Have you always wanted to work in the meeting industry?
I always wanted to work in Tourism. Starting with 14 years I attend Hotel business school, Klessheim in Salzburg, Austria. After several experiences in Hotel business (New York, Munich, Keiro, Vienna) where I worked in Conference & Banqueting department I realized that this industry is very interesting and special.

Q: Why is your destination/country the best in the world?
Smile, because no where else you have this quality of live. More than 200 warm, clean swimming lakes, the mild climate on the sunny southern side of the Alps, the mountain and lake scenery, the wide variety of leisure options and the cultural variety of the Alps-Adriatic region make Carinthia unique. Carinthia stands out from all other destinations due to its special feel for life, this mixture of the South and the Alps, of lightness, serenity and happiness: hearty living and easygoing enjoyment create the special holiday feeling which marks the holiday atmosphere in Carinthia.

Q: What would be the first thing you would show every visitor to your country?I would take them up to Lake Weissensee and just let them listen. Listen to the Nature. Weissensee is a beautiful car-free region  – they really care about sustainable tourism. http://www.weissensee.com/en

Q: What has been your star moment so far and your favourite project with which you would praise yourself?
Here in Carinthia?  I would say ATB Experience –  a totally new fair arranged and organized by the Austrian Tourism Board. Carinthia was the first region in Austria which got the opportunity to host this fair in June 2013. I was the major organizer for this event. More information at http://atbexperience.austriatourism.com/en/

Q: What motivates you the most at work?
The people I work with. We have so many partners (hotels, event locations) which are so creative and motivated to be different.

Q: In what way do you deal with stress?
It is important to find the right balance. I always try to spend my spare time in the mountains or with my horse. breathing fresh air and listening to flora and fauna makes me relaxed.

Q: When were you last angry / disappointed and why?
I am very rarely angry at something. My motto is “I can be disappointed but I don’t have to be!”

Q: What will be new in your business in year 2013?
We focus very much on quality. Within several workshops we worked out special quality criteria for our partners. So we can guarantee high quality meetings & incentives to our clients within our partner hotels and locations. Also our new USP is sustainable programs for incentives and groups.

Q: What have you learned last week?
I had a very nice appointment with a client Ms. Beatrice Achaleke, she is managing director of Diversity Leadership. Believe me in regards to Diversity Management well all have lots to learn.

Q: Where will you spend this year’s holiday and why?
Mostly we spend our holiday at home or surrounding area (Slovenia, Italy, Croatia) We like to hike, to go on bike tours or just simply spend time with my family.

Q: If there were no time and financial constraints, where would you go?
I guess I would buy a beauty full sailing ship and hire a crew. Together with my boyfriend I would love to sail around the world.

Q: What would be the title of your life autobiography?
Yes, I can!

KW_Andrea Leitner


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