• The “Vistula Compasses” Competition is organised periodically by the Vistula School of Hospitality. The Polish Chamber of Tourism is this year’s partner. 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.

    The 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” will be awarded 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 Organisers.

    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: 18.01-14.02.2021.
    • Stage II – nominations: 15-22.02.2021.
    • Stage III – acceptance of the nomination and sending of competition documents: 23.02-09.03.2021.
    • Stage IV – a selection of finalists and winners: 10-24.03.2021.

    Winners will be announced on April 8th, 2021.


    Competition regulations






    The Partner of Manager category


    The Partner of Entrepreneur category

  • 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.


  • 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
    • Aida Bella, Director of Communications & PR Office, Spokesperson, Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o.
    • Edyta Brykała, Owner of Level +
    • Marta Chmielewska, President of the Board, Events Industry Association, President of the Mea Group
    • Joanna Gorczyca, Director for Prevention and CSR, PZU SA / PZU Życie SA
    • Grażyna Grot-Duziak, Meetings & Incentives Director for Central Europe, Weco-Travel Services Sp. z o.o., President of the Board, SITE Poland
    • Andrzej Hulewicz, Vice President of Mazurkas Travel
    • Aleksandra Komosińska, HR Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel
    • 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
    • Izabela Stelmańska, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Promotion and Tourism, Marshal’s Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodship in Warsaw
    • Karolina Stępniak, Editor-in-Chief of Świat Hoteli, horecanet.pl, Publishing Director, co-owner of Brog B2B
    • Bartłomiej Szmajdziński, Director of Talent Management and Organizational Culture, ORBIS S.A.
    • Barbara Tutak, President of the Board, Warsaw Tourism Organization
    • Ireneusz Węgłowski, President of the Polish Hotel Industry Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Orbis Hotel Group
    • Cezary Wilemajtys, President of the Board, SITE Poland and United Partners
    • Anna Woda, Deputy Manager, Copernicus Science Center
    • Dariusz Wojtal, Vice President of the Polish Chamber of Tourism
    • Rafał Szmytke, Prorector of Vistula School of Hospitality
    • Krzysztof Celuch, Rector’s Proxy for Cooperation with the Socio-economic Environment of Vistula School of Hospitality.
  • 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 Main School of Tourism and Hotel Management. Our graduates are the best ambassadors of universities, at the same time showing others the way of development.

    Congratulations to the winners!


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