We are market leaders at destination marketing in Central Eastern Europe. Our clients are DMOs, and other commercial travel entities such as cruises, hotels and DMCs. We offer services in public relations, digital marketing solutions, travel trade relations, social media management, online and offline event management, market research and strategical consultancy.
Travel Advance has offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. We are the official representatives of Dubai Tourism and Malta Tourism Authority; and we contracted to provide PR and social media for Croatia National Tourism Board and Costa Cruises. We consult for many other DMOs. We represent upmarket hotels and safaris in Thailand, Botswana & Zimbabwe, and organise travel industry events, especially for African stakeholders, in Central Europe, Germany and Russia.
High-performing company with high-performing team
Paddington Tucker is founder and managing director of Travel Advance. He studied Eastern European languages, culture and history at the universities of Glasgow and London before setting up a tourism marketing agency in London in 2002. Sensing opportunity he relocated to Prague in 2008, where his business grew in tandem with the emerging economies of Central Eastern Europe.
Paddington has promoted destinations in a variety of cultural settings giving him a genuinely global perspective. He presides over a team of 12 people in five countries, which requires excellent inter-cultural skills. He is a good leader of people and a strong communicator of market trends and insights. “Every country sees the world through the prism of its own cultural perspective. My life-long passion is to study that cultural perspective and to put these learnings to good use during my professional life.”
Paddington TuckerManaging Director email@example.com
Before joining Travel Advance as Director of PR in 2016, Jan Osuch already had an illustrious career in PR. 2012-2016 he was head of PR Communications for leading Czech Tour operator Fischer Travel Group. From 2010-2012, Jan was a Spokesman for the Government of the Czech Republic and won the prestigious national award ‘Spokesman of the Year’ in 2011. Before that he worked as a journalist for Ihned.cz and Novinky.cz and as a current affairs reporter for Czech Television. Since 2017, Jan is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Czech PR Club.
Jan OsúchPublic Relations Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Before joining Travel Advance in 2017 Emilia worked for 12 years at the Polish Tourist Organisation where she supervised marketing B2C and B2B activities in various European and Asian markets (India, China, South Korea, Israel, Czech Rep, Slovakia and Hungary). In the period 2012-2015 she was the project leader for the ‘I like Poland’ campaign which was launched for the Asian markets. At Travel Advance Emilia manages our Polish PR office in Warsaw. Emilia has excellent media relations and for our clients the tourism boards of Dubai, Malta and Croatia, Emilia has delivered a variety of press trips, influencer projects and TV/radio activations.
Emilia KubikDirector of Polish office email@example.com
Viktoria is a marketing professional with a background in the travel industry. She has experience in creating and managing both ATL and BTL campaigns for the largest online shop in the Czech Republic Alza.cz. Previously she was responsible for online marketing for one of the leading Slovakian tour operators, managing PPC campaigns, SEO and creating the content for the website.
Since January 2018 she is a regional manager for Dubai Tourism and her principal responsibility is to implement the marketing strategy for the promotion of Dubai as a destination in Central Eastern Europe.
Viktoria BajanikovaRegional Account Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Michal joined Travel Advance in early 2017 as travel trade manager for the Polish market. He oversees coops with and organizes events for leading Polish tour operators with whom he has prolific relationships. He is also active in the MICE sector to whom he promotes Thai and African hotels/DMCs. He has a strong history in the UAE, having lived and worked in Dubai in the tourism sector before joining Travel Advance. He has a Masters in Tourism and Marketing from Cracow University of Economics
Michal WaligorskiAccount Manager Poland email@example.com
Klara is multi-skilled having worked both in destination PR and travel trade relations and has detailed of both media and travel trade landscapes in Hungary. She has experience of developing marketing and sales strategy in online media platforms, social media management and statistical analysis. She joined Travel Advance in 2016 and has overseen numerous Hungarian media trips, TV and radio projects primarily for Dubai Tourism.. She has coordinate numerous marketing campaigns with leading tour operators, and organised travel trade events and webinars.
Klara ZajosAccount Manager Hungary firstname.lastname@example.org
Experienced online marketer, helped companies in all sizes and verticals achieve visibility and reach their goals. Travel aficionado, destination marketing was the next logical step so that passion could meet profession. Alina is a people person, highly skilled at creating and maintaining professional and warm relationships. She is a problem solver - relentlessly working towards finding the right solution for every situation. She has worked as travel trade manager in Romania for Dubai Tourism since July 2018.
Alina BajenaruAccount Manager Romania email@example.com
Kristyna has over 15 years of experience as a marketeer. She worked as Account Manager for Ogilvy and created and managed campaigns for such clients as Eurotel/O2 or IBM. She has long term experience with event marketing in the golf industry and with brand marketing of travel magazines in publishing houses. Since early 2011 Kristyna has worked in destination marketing with a variety of destinations initially working for Canton Graubünden in Switzerland. In 2015 she joined Travel Advance and worked on the accounts of Kenya Tourism Board, Dubai Tourism and Madagascar Tourism Board. Since 2018 her prime responsibility is to implement the marketing strategy for the promotion of the Malta Tourism Authority in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She is also strongly involved with the promotion of Travel Advance‘s African DMC and hotel clients.
Kristyna GottwaldovaAccount Manager - Czech Republic firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenka has over 16 years of experience in tourism. She worked more than 10 years as an event manager for one of the greatest MICE agency American Express and organized events all over the world. Since early 2016 Lenka works for Travel Advance as account manager for Dubai Tourism in the Czech market. She has cultivated excellent relationships with the travel trade and has overseen numerous marketing cooperations as well as organized travel trade events.
Lenka JandikovaAccount Manager Czech Republic email@example.com
Based in Krakow. Marcin has over 16 years of experience in destination marketing. He worked for the Municipality of Kraków as a head of the economic & investment promotion office, then in the private sector as co-founder and co-owner of creative agencies focused on tourism promotion. His clients included various Polish cities and regions (Małopolska, Kraków, Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie), foreign destinations (Cagliari in Italy, City of Kosice), as well as the Polish governmental sector - Ministry of Infrastructure & Development and Polish Tourism Organization.
Since early 2019 Marcin works for Travel Advance as PR and social media manager, where is prime focus is Croatian National Tourist Board in the Polish market.
Marcin GajownikAccount Manager Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Klára studied international communication and marketing. She also worked in Canada as an event manager for SELC English languages centers and other student organizations. She has excellent level of understanding of ‘Generation Z’ and its expectations and needs. Since early 2019, Klára works as a PR & Social Media Manager for Travel Advance. She takes care of communication with journalists, social media management and influencer marketing for the Croatian National Tourist Board and Dubai Tourism.
Klara SkapovaAccount Manager Czech Republic email@example.com
Laura works has worked Travel Advance’s PR manager for Romania since March 2017, and has delivered numerous high profile projects mainly for Dubai Tourism including press trips, TV and radio projects, and events in Romania.
Laura GadeaAccount Manager Romania firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Bratislava, Milada joined Travel Advance in 2019 as PR and social media manager for Slovakia. She has previously worked as Project Manager for Slovak Investment & Trade Development Agency (SARIO) to help foreign investors to set a business in Slovakia (2012-2014). From 2014 she worked for Ogilvy Advertising in Slovakia, first as Online Project Manager, later as Director of Digital, working on clients such as EXPO, Heineken, PSA Group, WSVV, Tesco and others. Since 2017 she has helped deliver online strategy and online PR/social presence for various brands, such as ESET (antivirus company) Oriflame (cosmetic brand), HB Reavis (developer).
Milada BalcakovaAccount Manager Slovakia email@example.com
Skilled in social media management, preparing press releases, media reporting. Since 2016 she has been engaged by the Product Development and Marketing Office in Polish Press Agency (video and photo platform support, FB fanpage support). Since 2018 works for Travel Advance as PR/social media executive, assisting on the accounts of Malta and Dubai.
Katarzyna KamlerAccount Executive Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Opportunities with Travel Advance
We are constantly looking for dynamic professionals in what is a relatively new field in our region. If you are interested in pursuing a career in destination marketing, and if you have experience in both the travel industry and marketing and/or have an academic background in destination marketing, we want to hear from you. We may not have an open position immediately, but our company is evolving all the time.
Destination marketing consultant
We are looking for a destination marketing consultant to assist on our key accounts. The ideal candidate will have a good grasp of consumer marketing, strong research skills and an overview of the Czech travel trade landscape. Please send an email to: email@example.com. Position available immediately at Prague head office.