Press release from VisitOSLO, 19 December 2016
– I am humbled and ready to embark on one of the most exciting challenges in the Norwegian travel industry. VisitOSLO is a professional and dynamic company that we together can take to a new level, Christian Lunde said.
Oslo is a significant tourist destination with a national responsibility to ensure that Norway increases its share of international tourism growth. As Managing Director of VisitOSLO, Mr. Lunde will be responsible for contributing to Oslo’s development in the demanding international battle for an ever-increasing number of travelers.
The new Managing Director must take clear action to create value through shareholder cooperation and collaboration with the City of Oslo and other public authorities. In addition he will sustain the strategies related to attracting more events to Oslo, promoting Oslo's new position as "The world's favourite compact stage", contributing to making the industry better and continuing to be digital pioneers.
Mr. Lunde's most recent position was that of Vice President Sales in Nordic Choice Hotels (from 2014), where led a comprehensive restructuring and organisational process, among other things. Previously he has had several central roles in the Norwegian travel industry, including CEO of Star Tour 2009–2014 and Sales Director for Rica Hotels 2003–2009.
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– Oslo is the fastest-growing capital in Europe and is growing quicker than expected. There is a great need to develop new business models, market innovation and a support system that works well in relation to the industry, public institutions and shareholders. We are glad that Christian Lunde has agreed to lead VisitOSLO's efforts to take Oslo into the future as a tourist and congress destination, Chairman of the Board Tarje Hellebust said.
Christian Lunde will enter the position as CEO on 2 January 2017. He succeeds Bente Bratland Holm who after roughly three years as CEO of VisitOSLO is starting a new job after Christmas as Director of Tourism in Innovation Norway.
For additional information, please contact Chairman of the Board Tarje Hellebust on tel. (+47) 909 16 345 or Christian Lunde on tel. (+47) 907 73 280.
VisitOSLO is the official marketing organization for Oslo and the surrounding regions.
VisitOSLO as is a limited company with shareholders from the city's travel trade and commerce. Our shareholders and partners are local, regional and national companies operating within travel, tourism and transportation.
VisitOSLO is responsible for visitor services such as the official tourist information office Oslo Visitor Centre and the official website www.visitoslo.com.