Michael, Founder and Head of Community Management at Tracommy: “Since more than 30 years I joined the fascinating world of Travel and Tourism, starting as a travel agent in Germany”.
It was back in the 1980’s when Michael founded the first professional community of travel agents in Germany “Arbeitskreis Aktiver Counter”. This community was active for over 20 years and quite successful in taking care of travel agents counter clerks and middle management interests based on personal memberships.
Tracommy – about the project
Read Tracommy as – my travel advisers community. Michael is looking at the independent smaller travel agencies, DMCs and service companies, managed by their proprietor still as being the backbone of the today’s tourism industry. Fantastic people with a great focus on personal service along with a sound knowledge of what they are doing. That’s why Michael thought about an international community where people could enhance their own personal network, make new friends and could grab business ideas from abroad to implement them in their home market – to be even more successful in business.
Besides, business models are changing rapidly and travel technology (IT applications and mechanism) is more and more dominating our business environment. He is convinced that a good way out for midsize and smaller travel entities especially outside Europe is networking and collaboration with others in order to stay in business. Not leaving the market to the Booking.coms and AirBnBs of today. Things are getting more and more comprehensive and challenging, so it might be wise to get some good support from colleagues who are in the same situation.
During his career he worked in various management positions in the travel industry. Manager of fully licensed Travel Agencies, Incoming and Outgoing Business, Head of Group and Incentive Travel, Airline Representative, Representative and Consultant of touristic enterprises of Asia and Southamerica for the German market, Director of Tourism of a Spa Town in Germany, just to name some stations. On an honorary basis he served also at German Travel Trade associations as a board member.
Michael is alumni of the Bournemouth University and the University of Southern Queensland / Australia where he took far distance MBA courses in international tourism management and information technology. Soon he specialized himself in marketing and communications working for blue chip enterprises as well as for smaller entities outside the tourism industry where he was in charge of their touristic market segments.
During his career Michael had the opportunity to work in places like Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong, New York. He is also guest lecturer at the Kerala Institue for Travel and Tourism (India). Of course, traveling is still his passion until today. He loves “the tropics”, sandy beaches, water sports, world music and to meet people of foreign cultures.
The Travel Advisers Community is a call to engage yourself and to participate – to your benefit!
That’s why at Tracommy you will also find our “Advisory board service”. Our advisory board offers you as a member the opportunity to receive sound business consultancy and promotional service at special rates. The first consultancy is free of charge!
Members of the advisory board are also members of our community and have special expertise in their field of business. Services of our advisory board are also offered to third parties like tourism offices or touristic companies.
Let us have you comments and hints for improvement as we love to welcoming you as an active members of Tracommy. Let’s go ahead – together!