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The “Vistula Compasses” Competition

The “Vistula Compasses” Competition is organised periodically by the Vistula School of Hospitality. The Polish Chamber of Tourism will be the 2023 edition’s partner, once again. It is addressed to Polish and foreign graduates of the following universities:

  • Vistula School of Hospitality;
  • Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management;
  • Warsaw University of Tourism, Food and Hospitality;
  • Mieczyslaw Orlowicz College of Tourism and Recreation;
  • College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Łódź;
  • Vistula University – the faculty of Tourism and Recreation;
  • Higher School of Economics and Information – the faculty of Tourism and Recreation.

he aim of the Competition is to select University graduates who have achieved significant success in the professional field related to the broadly understood tourist industry, in business activity in such sectors as: hospitality and HORECA, event management, sport and recreation management or other. Those persons are the University’s best ambassadors. Their professional achievements are a measure of our success, proof of high quality education and practical preparation. They have the enthusiasm and potential that will allow the industry to bounce back and develop dynamically. It is they who will be showing the way after the pandemic.

The “Vistula Compasses” awards will be granted in two categories:

  • Manager – the partner is the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry;
  • Entrepreneur – the partner is MPI Poland, the International Association of Meeting Organizers.

The Jury may create additional categories of awards in a given year and award one prize per each new category.

The competition consists of four stages:

  • Stage I – open applications of candidates: 09.01– 05.02.2023.
  • Stage II – nominations: 06.02 – 08.02.2023. 
  • Stage III – acceptance of the nomination and sending of competition documents: 08.02 – 26.02.2023.
  • Stage IV – a selection of finalists and winners: 01.03 – 09.03.2023.

Application to the “Vistula Compasses” Competition is a two-step process:

  1. Candidate application – graduates may apply in person or their candidacy may be submitted by third parties, other graduates, lecturers, employers.
  2. Nomination acceptance – the nominated person sends the final application.

The competition winners will be announced on March 30th, 2023 during the gala accompanying the Global Meetings Industry Day.


Patronage of 2023 edition

Partners of 2023 edition

The Partner of Manager category

The Partner of Entrepreneur category

Assessment of candidates, selection of the finalists and winners of the “Vistula Compasses” Competition is conducted by the Jury appointed by the Vistula School of Hospitality Rector. The Jury consists of:

  • Magdalena Kondas, Editor-in-Chief of Meeting Planner – Chairman
  • Edyta Brykała, Owner of Level +;
  • Marta Chmielewska, President of the Board, Events Industry Association, President of the Mea Group
  • Joanna Gorczyca, Director of the Sustainable Development Office, PZU Group
  • Andrzej Hulewicz, Vice President of Mazurkas Travel
  • Aleksandra Komosińska, Training Specialist, PWPW S.A.;
  • Karolina Stępniak, Editor-in-Chief of Świat Hoteli, horecanet.pl, Publishing Director, co-owner of Brog B2B
  • Izabela Stelmańska, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Promotion and Tourism, Marshal’s Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodship in Warsaw
  • Bartłomiej Szmajdziński, Director of Talent Management and Organizational Culture, ORBIS S.A.
  • Barbara Tutak, President of the Board, Warsaw Tourism Organization
  • Cezary Wilemajtys, President of the Board, SITE Poland and United Partners
  • Ireneusz Węgłowski, President of the Polish Hotel Industry Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Orbis Supervisory Board;
  • Anna Woda, Deputy Manager, Copernicus Science Center
  • Dariusz Wojtal, Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Tourism
  • Aida Bella, Director of Communications & PR Office, Spokesperson, Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o.
  • Grażyna Grot-Duziak, Meetings & Incentives Director for Central Europe, Weco-Travel Services Sp. z o.o., President of the Board SITE Poland;
  • Olga Krzemińska-Zasadzka, CEO Power Agency, President of the Board, Polish Association of Incentive Travel Organisers
  • Paweł Lewtak, General Director, Polonia Palace Hotel, Board Member of Syrena Hotels Group
  • Emilia Melon-Olchowicz, Owner of Melon Catering
  • Davide Odella, Board Member, Expo XXI Warsaw
  • Paulina Zawadzka, Convention Sales Director, Crowne Plaza Warsaw – The HUB;
  • Michał Maziarczyk, Director of Sales Poland & Baltic States, Liberty International Tourism Group;
  • Adrianna Rogalska, Director Natura Mazur Resort & Conference;
  • Krzysztof Celuch, Prorector of Vistula School of Hospitality.

Vistula School of Hospitality awarded its best graduates. This year’s winners of the “Vistula Compasses” competition were announced on April the 8th during the virtual gala accompanying Global Meetings Industry Day 2021.

In the Manager category, the award was given to Paulina Zawadzka, a graduate of BA studies in the field of Tourism and Recreation at the University of Economics and Information Technology (2011), who was the predecessor of Vistula School of Hospitality. Paulina Zawadzka has created from scratch the Sales Department for Conferences and Banquets at Crowne Plaza Warsaw. Currently, she is pursuing the position of its manager.

Aleksandra Dubieniecka was awarded in the Entrepreneur category. She is a graduate of MA studies in the field of Business Tourism at the University of Economics and Information Technology (2009). She started working as a kitchen assistant in the family business. Currently, she is the owner and manager of hotel and catering facilities in Ustka.

The jury appreciated the courage and consistency of the winners, energy, and perseverance, which they show in such difficult times. Their professional path and achievements prove their comprehensive knowledge and practical preparation as well as the high competencies they acquired during their studies. They are the best ambassadors of the Vistula School of Hospitality and can show others the way.

Vistula School of Hospitality appreciates people who are persistent, able to communicate, have enthusiasm and potential. These are indispensable features in the industry, which will soon be dynamically developing again, because there is a strong need for people. Of course, the pandemic leaves its mark, changes take place, but leaders can predict, see and use them.

The “Vistula Compasses” competition is aimed at Polish and foreign graduates of VSH and its predecessors. Its purpose is to select and honor people who have achieved significant success in the professional field related to the broadly understood hospitality, working in sectors such as tourism, hotel, and HORECA, the meetings industry, sports management, or other sectors.

The initiator of the competition, which is held under the patronage of the Polish Chamber of Tourism, is the Business Council of the Vistula School of Hospitality, which includes entrepreneurs from the tourism industry and industry journalists.

The partner is the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry and MPI Poland, the International Association of Meeting Organizers.

The results were announced on September 17th, 2020, during a Grand Gala at the Novotel Warszawa Centrum Hotel.

Michał Maziarczyk and Adriana Rogalska were awarded in the Manager category.

Michał Maziarczyk is a graduate of Tourism and Recreation, specializing in business tourism. Today, he is the Director of Sales Poland & Baltic States in Liberty International Tourism Group, a global company that operates in 90 countries around the world offering a wide range of tourist services.

Adriana Rogalska is a graduate of Tourism and Recreation. She started her professional career as a receptionist. For three years she has been Managing Director of the Natura Mazur Resort & Conference hotel. It is a family company with Polish capital that employs about 100 people.

In the Entrepreneur category, the “Vistula Compass” was awarded to Diana Jabłońska, who graduated from BA studies in Tourism and Recreation at the Vistula School of Hospitality, and Management at the Vistula University.

She was a sales representative, a production worker in the production of packaging and an intern in the marketing department of ING bank. Today he is an entrepreneur, co-owner and managing director of DAN-Kart. It is a family business founded by the winner’s father. It produces corrugated cardboard packaging for fruit and vegetable producers.

The “Vistula Compasses” winners had a fantastic success. Their professional achievements prove the quality of education and practical preparation at the Vistula School of Hospitality. Our graduates are the best ambassadors of universities, at the same time showing others the way of development.

Congratulations to the winners!

In this year’s edition of the competition, in the Manager category – the partner of which is the Polish Hotel Industry Chamber of Commerce – the jury awarded the winning prize to Dmytro Moiseienko, a graduate of BA studies in the field of Tourism and Recreation (2019). Dmytro is currently a Project Manager at EMEA, Meeting15 SA. It is an event platform that allows you to build and implement the most advanced events, both in the real and virtual world. Our laureate also works in the MPI Poland Chapter. He says that he devotes all his time to the event industry, which is his greatest passion.

In the Entrepreneur category, the partner of which is MPI Poland, the International Association of Meeting Organisers, Rafał Kupisz, a graduate of BA studies in the field of Tourism and Recreation of the Vistula University (2013), was honoured. He is the owner of Global Service Agencja Artystyczna and Food Park Skwer on Orlej Street. His company was founded as a start-up. He used to serve weddings, but now he successfully deals with music and artistic services for a wide variety of events. He emphasises that despite the pandemic, he has not recorded a drop in revenue, which he considers to be a huge success. Rafał Kupisz is not only an entrepreneur, but also a volunteer firefighter, and has recently, also acquired the status of a paramedic.

The Chapter of ‘Vistula Compasses’ appreciated the flexibility and creativity of this year’s winners, their courage, consistency, energy, and perseverance. These features are especially important, nowadays. Without them, it is impossible to survive in the industry and plan a good future.

The Vistula School of Hospitality appreciates people who use their knowledge and competences gained during their studies, can communicate well, notice changes, and predict trends, and who have a passion for that. These are the winners of this year’s ‘Vistula Compasses ‘. They are the best ambassadors of our university, and they can show the way for others to follow.

The patron of the “Vistula Compasses” competition is the Polish Chamber of Tourism.

Congratulations to the winners!

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