State Secretary Susanne Kraus-Winkler
Susanne Kraus-Winkler is a longstanding entrepreneur and industry representative in the Hospitality Industry with 40 years of practical experience in the hotel and restaurant business as well as in tourism consulting and academic lecturing. She is a founding partner of the LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Hotel Group, with the LOISIUM Wine World in one of Austrian’s leading wine regions, 2 wine & design hotels in Austria and 2 wine hotel projects in Champagne and Alsace / France. In addition she is a shareholder of several hotel management and tourism consulting companies such as Harry’s Home Hotel group and was Advisory board member of MRP-Hotels, a European Tourism consulting company in Europe.
Susanne Kraus-Winkler, has been a Member of HOTREC Executive Committee since 2004, Vice-President since 2010 and was President from 2015 to 2018 representing the European Hospitality industry at EU level. She held several further positions in the management board of tourism representations in Austria and at EU level and was member of the Austrian chapter of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, as well as President of the Austrian Professional Hotel Association within the Austrian Chamber of Commerce representing 16.000 hotels in Austria.
On 11 May 2022 Susanne Kraus-Winkler was sworn in as State Secretary by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.
On 12 May 2022 Susanne Kraus-Winkler resigned from all management and supervisory board positions.
Susanne Kraus-Winkler was appointed as State Secretary of Labour and Economy on 18 July 2022.