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 Philologist with an idea - mrs. Karolina Gnusowska-Weiss

Philologist with an ideaSince November 26th 2004 the president of Wielkopolska region's department of Polish Travel Chamber.

This fine, full of energy person has built her tourism company all by herself. In times when you should have an "Orbis "- kind of experience or many good connections, she managed to force through her ideas and come into being on the international market.

She graduated the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan on the faculty of German philology. For many years she worked at the University as a lecturer of German language. She was a lecturer in High School of Hotel Management and Catering Business. However it's not the previous job that became Mrs. Weiss's true love. In 1984 she made a course to a tour leader of foreign groups.

- In the beginning I leaded groups from Poland to NRD, with time I obtained permission to service German tourists in Poland. –Mrs. Karolina says.

Finally in 1991, after the persuasions of husband, Mrs. Weiss decided to run her own travel agency. Incoming tourism was to be the specialization of Weiss-Travel. Then 27-year old Karolina started with complete nothing. She had to build up the connections in the country and abroad by herself. And how she admits, to establish the trust of the Germans wasn’t easy at those times at all. She started with one group. Today she services over a hundred per year.

Among her clients are tourists from all over the world. The company specializes in so called study tours for organized groups. These are kind of incentive trips tailored to suit the particular client. However main customers of the agency are defined professed groups, hobbyists or specialists (not necessarily companies), ex. parlamentarists, watch-makers. The clients are very demanding in most cases. Very often they are connoisseurs, for whom organized program has to be of a properly high quality. During their stay in Poland they do the sightseeing, participate topical lectures and concerts. Karolina Gnusowska-Weiss cooperates permanent with the German TUI. In 2000 in Berlin she was rewarded from this tour operator with a diploma for the best Middle-East Europe partner. In 2002 at Tour Salon fairs in Poznan she got the diploma awarded by TTG for the best incoming incentive offer. Since November 2004 she is the president of Wielkopolska region’s Chamber of Tourism, sits in the chief council of the Chamber. Apart from this, she is a member of Presidium of the Incoming Tourism Forum.

She is interested in astrology, practical psychology, parapsychology, and esotericism. She adores dance of all kinds, most of all standard, latino and tango argentino. She loves to discover the world and meet new people. She sails, dives, skis. She’s not able to live without fitness. She is happy wife and mother of two daughters. She is fluent in German and English. – I’m trying to connect my professional life and developing my company with my private life. I’m able to find enough time to realize my passions and also be a good wife and mother. I think it can be considered as my greatest achievement.

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