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Zoltan Somogyi

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Executive Director for Programme and Coordination

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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Mr. Somogyi is currently the Executive Director for Programme and Coordination at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain. Between January 2010 and December 2013 he held the position of UNWTO’s Executive Director for Member Relations and Services. Prior to this appointment he was Hungarian Ambassador to Montenegro.

Mr. Somogyi served in the Hungarian national tourism system as the Chairman of the Hungarian National Tourism Agency (2002), the President of the newly established Hungarian Tourist Office (2005), and State Secretary for Tourism (2006). In this period he initiated the elaboration of the National Tourism Development Strategy, the modernization of Hungarian tourism-related law and the creation of an efficient tourism crisis management system. He also made a valuable contribution to the UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics. Under his leadership Hungary was elected as a member of UNWTO’s Executive Council and was later Vice-President of the Council for two years.

In 1996 Mr. Somogyi was appointed to the Ministry of Economy, first as General Director and later as Under-Secretary of the State, both in charge for tourism.

Mr. Somogyi began his career in one of Hungary’s largest travel companies where he worked as a tour guide, in the sales team and as the General Director of International Relations of the company.

He graduated from the Budapest University of Law with a Doctorate and later the Budapest University of Economics.