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New president for ETC

Theo JJ Schmitz, managing director general of the Nederlands tourism bureau, has been appointed president of the European Travel Commission (ETC<.>)…

Theo JJ Schmitz, managing director general of the Nederlands tourism bureau, has been appointed president of the European Travel Commission (ETC<.>).

He was elected unanimously at ETC's recent general assembly at Hamburg in July.

His position for the period 2000-2003 puts him at the head of this joint European tourism promotional arrangement which brings together the national

tourist offices of 30 European countries.

Schmitz takes over from German Hans Jakob Kruse.

His major objectives are:


Improving the exchange of experience between ETC members.

Reinforcing its relationship with EU institutions.

Stepping up its market research activities.


He has also pledged to focus specific attention on two new areas, new media and

the development of information technologies.

At the same meeting the Romanian National Tourism Authority was also accepted as a new member of ETC, bringing the group's membership to 30 European countries.

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