Jan-Philipp Schäfer took over the management of the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) on 1 February of this year. In this function, he will continue to advance the national and international positioning of the Cologne meetings market and networking with Cologne’s business and science communities. Jan-Philipp Schäfer succeeds Christian Woronka, who took over as head of the Vienna Convention Bureau at the beginning of the year.

Schäfer moves from the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) to the metropolis on the Rhine, where he worked as Manager International Markets, Southern Europe.

The 31-year-old previously gained several years’ experience in the MICE and tourism sector at Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus GmbH. Here he was particularly responsible for foreign marketing and regional congress management. Jan-Philipp Schäfer completed his master’s degree in sports tourism and recreation management at the German Sports University in Cologne. During this time he gained insights into the Cologne event and event industry during his studies.

“I am very motivated to take on the work for the lively and well-positioned event industry in Cologne,” explains Schäfer. “Together with the competent and likeable team at the CCB, I would like to continue the excellent work and enrich it with my own experience and skills”.

Stephanie Kleine Klausing, Deputy Managing Director of KölnTourismus GmbH, comments: “We are delighted to have won Jan-Philipp Schäfer to head this important unit of KölnTourismus GmbH and welcome him warmly to the team. He will lead the Cologne Convention Bureau into the next successful decade of its existence and further establish Cologne as a congress location both nationally and internationally.”