State Secretary for Tourism of the Republic of Austria
Susanne Kraus-Winkler, State Secretary for Tourism, has more than 40 years of practical experience as an entrepreneur in the hotel and restaurant business. As an industry representative she worked in the hospitality industry, as well as in tourism consulting and academic lecturing.
She was a founding partner of the LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Hotel Group, with the LOISIUM Wine World in one of Austrian’s leading wine regions, two wine & design hotels in Austria and one wine & design hotel in Champagne Region of France and one wine hotel project Alsace, France. In addition, she was partner in several hotel management and tourism consulting companies such as Kohl & Partner Vienna, RIMC Austria GmbH and the Harry’s Home Hotel group and advisory board member of MRP-Hotels, a hotel consulting company in Europe.
Susanne Kraus-Winkler was HOTREC President from 2015 to 2018 representing the European Hospitality industry at EU level in Brussels, as well as President of the Austrian Professional Hotel Association within the Austrian Chamber of Commerce representing 16.000 hotels in Austria. She held several positions in the management board of tourism representations in Austria and at EU level and is member of the Austrian chapter of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.