European Cities Marketing to announce new Vice-President dedicated to the Meetings Industry

During ECM last Board meeting on October 13, 2017 in Graz, Pier Paolo Mariotti (Bolzano) was elected as the Association’s new Vice President for the Meetings Industry, taking over from Bettina Bunge, former Managing director Dresden Marketing GmbH, now freshly appointed CEO of Tourismus-Agentur Schleswig-Holstein GmbH.


About his election, Pier Paolo Mariotti said: “I am thrilled to be ECM new Vice-President for the Meeting Industry, this role is a great honour and a privilege. The industry is going through deep changes, and as the new Vice-President I will seek to keep our members abreast of latest market intelligence and on leading-edge developments and marketing best practice. My focus will be on knowledge economy and latest trends in the meetings industry, always with an eye on benefits for our members. To me, European Cities Marketing is like a family where members from different backgrounds meet and share about their successes and failures, the best improving elements. Sharing is what makes the ECM family grow.”

European Cities Marketing President Dieter Hardt-Stremayr continued: “I am delighted to work with Pier Paolo Mariotti to strengthen knowledge and serve the interests of European Convention Bureaux (benchmarking, business opportunities, education, networking…), as well as keeping our global outlook and partnering with other associations to keep strengthening the importance of city tourism in Europe.


I am convinced that our strategic approach focusing on city marketing and the balance between residents, business travellers, conference delegates and visitors will help our destinations in their holistic position to stand out.”


Current ECM Executive Committee:

  • Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, President (Managing Director, Graz Tourist Office)
  • Petra Stušek, Vice-President Leisure & Tourism (CEO, Ljubljana Tourism)
  • Pier Paolo Mariotti, Vice-President Meetings Industry (Meeting Manager, EURAC Research, Bolzano)
  • Eduard Pieter Oud, Vice-President City Marketing (COO, Amsterdam Marketing)
  • Philippe Vignon, Treasurer (General Manager, Genève Tourisme & Congrès)

Board Members:

  • Ignasi de Delàs, (Deputy General Manager, Turisme de Barcelona)
  • Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Deputy Convention Director, Wonderful Copenhagen)
  • Erwin Van de Wiele (CEO, Ghent Tourist Office)
  • Barbara Jamison (Head of Business Development – Europe, London & Partners)
  • Goran Pavlović (Head, Opatija Convention and Incentive Bureau)
  • Nicolas Lefebvre (CEO, Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris)

Marta Stawińska (Senior Project Manager – Tourism Development, Poznań Tourism Organisation)


About Pier Paolo Mariotti

Born in the heart of the Dolomites, Pier Paolo Mariotti graduated in Economics and business administration at Università degli Studi di Verona. He worked as photojournalist and travelled extensively in South East Asia for several European and Asian publishers. He speaks fluently Italian, German, English and basic French and Chinese.

In 1994, Pier Paolo Mariotti came back to Italy with his family: wife Rosanna and two daughters Irina and Costanza where he worked for the South Tyrol Convention Bureau. In 1999, has set up the Torino Convention Bureau.

Since 2003, Pier Paolo Mariotti works as Certified Meeting Manager at EURAC Research and from last month responsible of the Meeting management at NOI Techpark (Nature of Innovation). He just became Certified Destination Management Executive CDME in Montreal last July. Served as Italia Chapter President and Member of the European Council in MPI. Founding member of Federcongressi (Italian meeting industry council) contributed to “Italia for Events” and to the APEX international Green Meetings and Events Committee for the Convention Industry Council. Since 2011, Pier Paolo is Course Director of ECM Summer School and since 2016 of the ECM Academy.



 *European Cities Marketing is a non-profit organisation improving the competitiveness and performance of leading cities of Europe by providing a platform for convention, leisure and city marketing professionals to exchange knowledge, best practice and widen their network to build new business. European Cities Marketing is promoting and linking the interests
of 110 members from more than 100 major cities in 36 countries.

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