In a gathering that underscored the critical role of transparent, timely, and factual communication between the aviation industry and the media, the Aviation-Event Media Forum 2023 BAY convened on September 1st at Maramures Airport, Romania.
TDN REPORT – MARAMURES, ROMANIA – The Aviation-Event Media Forum 2023 BAY, convened on September 1st at Maramures Airport in Romania, proved to be an essential gathering for stakeholders in aviation, media, and policymaking. The forum underlined the urgent need for a more nuanced, transparent, and responsive relationship between the aviation industry and the media.
Marcel Riwalsky, CEO of Aviation-Event, inaugurated the event, setting a reflective tone for what would prove to be an insightful conference. Ionel-Ovidiu Bogdan, President of the Maramureș County Council, followed with an opening address, outlining the day’s objectives and emphasizing the importance of open dialogues between the aviation and media sectors.
A Thought-Provoking Keynote
In a session expertly moderated by Rüdiger Kiani-Kreß, Journalist from WirtschaftsWoche, Kinga Rădulescu-Szabo, Head of HR, and Florin Soponar, Head of Quality—both from Universal Alloy Corporation (UAC)—discussed the aviation industry’s expectations from the media. They accentuated the vital role that well-informed journalism plays in shaping the industry’s narrative.
Spotlight on Media Attention in Aviation
Andrew Charlton, Managing Director of Aviation Advocacy, steered the first panel on the subject, “Exploring Media’s Attention to Aviation: Is It Given Due Consideration?”. Panelists Razvan Horga, Director of Oradea Airport, Costin Iordache, CEO of TAROM, Andrei Peti, Chairman of the Board at International Airport Transylvania, and Raphael von Heereman, Senior Aviation Political Advisor, collectively examined the quality of media coverage in aviation.
In-depth Panel Discussion on Communication
A subsequent panel discussion, moderated by Michael Kerkloh, Supervisory Board Member of Lufthansa, was titled, “Are Industry Leaders Effectively Communicating Aviation’s Importance?: Media, Politics, and Aviation.” Andreas W. Schulz, Freelance Aviation & Business Travel Journalist, Andrew Charlton, Managing Director of Aviation Advocacy, Sven Klawunder, CEO of Flying Media, and Theodore Koumelis, Publisher & Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network, contributed to a critical dialogue on the issue. The panel reached a consensus that industry leaders need to communicate more effectively with the media, ensuring a more objective reportage.
The Aviation-Event Media Forum 2023 BAY was an earnest endeavor to spotlight the need for a balanced relationship between the aviation industry and media. The common ground emphasized the importance of timely, honest, and fact-based interactions between the two sectors. As we move forward, it is evident that events such as these are not merely discussions but catalysts for change, steering both aviation professionals and the media towards a collaborative, transparent, and factual future.
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