BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Travel Commission named
Jaime-Axel Ruiz Baudrihaye, director of the Lisbon, Portugal,
branch of the Tourist Office of Spain, as its new executive
Ruiz Baudrihaye succeeds Walter Leu of Switzerland, who served
in the post since 1996.
According to the 31-nation ETC, closer relations with operations
groups in the U.S., strengthened ties to the World Tourism
Organization and European Union, and increases in both industry
partner contributions and the added value the ETC provides members
top Ruiz Baudrihaye's to-do list.
Einar Gustavsson, director for the Americas at the Icelandic
Tourist Board in New York, will continue as ETC chairman in the