Airline veteran Vijay Poonoosamy: Airline industry is Safer Together


While the airport passenger numbers and security threats are growing hands in hand, the industry must strive for a strategic and holistic roadmap to promote its safe, secure, sustainable and seamless growth. Aviation expert and member of WTFL Advisory Board, Vijay Poonoosamy, emphasizes the importance of two factors in the airline industry – security and facilitation – in order to ensure a secure and pleasant passenger experience.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.