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Jurgita Kazlauskienė, the new Director of the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy

2015 March 12
Date of birth: 30 May 1973, Kaunas

  • 2003 – Kaunas University of Technology, Master of Public Administration
  • 1995 – Vytautas Magnus University, higher university education in humanities, field of studies of art
  • 1991 – Birštonas Secondary School
Professional experience
  • Since 5th of January, 2015 – Director of the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy
  • 2012–2014. Vice-president of the European Spas Association (ESPA)
  • 2007–2014. Director of the Lithuanian Resorts Association
  • 2004–2007. Council Secretary at Birštonas Municipality
‘More strict regulation and effective performance of the monitoring and supervision of tourism market and protection of the rights of tourists, in full compliance with the Directives of the European Union, is my major priority of activity for the next half-year,’ said Mrs Kazlauskienė, who started her cadence on 5 January this year.

‘I am well familiarised with the tourism sector and will seek for the benevolent and constructive cooperation with municipalities, associated tourism business structures and the major players of the tourism market. I understand that the society has high expectations in the area of supervision of tourism market, therefore, my aim is to ensure the protection of the interests of tourists and compensation of the full damages incurred in case of insolvency or bankruptcy of tour operators. We will adopt new provisions of the Law on Tourism this spring allowing us to work more efficiently in this area and to enhance the protection of the rights of tourists.’

According to Mrs Kazlauskienė, the priority of the Department of Tourism will remain focused on the inbound and domestic tourism, however, the strategy of the Lithuanian tourism marketing will be revised and corrected in view of the dynamic geopolitical and economic situation.

‘The last year proved to be really successful: the growth of foreign tourist flows in Lithuania was well above the European average, Lithuania, as a must-see country, was evaluated by authoritative business media channels and the prestigious travel guide Lonely Planet. At the same time, the Lithuanians themselves showed more interest in travelling around their home country.
However, the tourism market is characterised by rapid changes, therefore, a particular focus will be on the creation of new initiatives aimed at increasing the awareness and attractiveness of Lithuania and search of methods to compensate the possible losses of tourist flows from the Eastern markets,’ J. Kazlauskienė said.