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Born in Austria on 20 December 1954, Karl J. Pojer, who speaks four languages, followed his school education with several years of professional hospitality studies in Austria. He then undertook international training in the USA. His first professional positions took him to New York, the InterContinental Hotel in Vienna and the Grand Metropolitan Hotels in Paris.
From 1980 to 1995, the hotel expert held high-level positions - such as manager, general director and regional director - in the USA, Germany, Belgium and Portugal, at leading hotel groups such as Kempinski Hotels, Sheraton Hotels and Pestana Hotels, Resorts & Casinos. A post as Austrian consul enabled Pojer to gain diplomatic experience.
In January 1996 Pojer joined TUI and served as the Managing Director (speaker) of Robinson Club GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of TUI AG, until May 2003.
From June 2003 to December 2005, Pojer was the Director of TUI Hotels & Resorts, and the Divisional Director from January 2006 to May 2013. The World of TUI currently encompasses more than 300 hotels with 210,000 beds, making TUI Hotels & Resorts Europe's largest holiday hotelier. Its portfolio of hotel companies includes brands such as Riu, Robinson, Grecotel, Grupotel and lberotel.
In May 2013 Pojer became CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a 100% subsidiary of TUI AG, assuming the management of the luxury cruise ship company whose portfolio includes the EUROPA 2 and the EUROPA, the only two ships in the world to have been awarded the prestigious 5-stars-plus ranking by the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2016. Its two additional expedition ships are the HANSEATIC and BREMEN, which have also received many awards for their diverse routes and expedition expertise.
In 2015, Pojer was voted German Travel Industry Manager and was named the Hamburg Cruise Personality in the same year.
In April 2016, Karl J. Pojer was selected Chairman of the Leadership of CLIA Germany. With his long-time expertise in the hotel and tourism industry, Pojer represents the growing cruise industry in this role.