Before becoming the Course Director, Pier Paolo Mariotti had already been part of the ECM Summer School's faculty, helping to shape up course content and becoming one of its speakers, emphasising the importance of the green agenda and the necessity for green events and their pivotal significance for the future development of the tourism and meetings industry. In 2009, he also hosted the 23rd Summer School in 2009 in the city of Bolzano, Italy.

Pier Paolo Mariotti takes over the course leadership of the ECM Summer School from Elisabeth Hansa, Managing director at Europeum Mariazell. She had served as Course Director for the last 3 years.

"I am extremely pleased and honoured to have the opportunity to be the new Course Director, but it is also a great challenge. In 2011 we are organising the 25th Summer School. This is a quarter of a century and in its own right this says a lot about the quality of this event. The faculty of ECM Summer School is very strong... and you don't change your horse if you have the winning one. Of course, there are other aspects; the times are changing, the industry is developing, there are new technologies and media. The needs of students change accordingly and our task is to keep up and be ready to fulfil their expectations. There is one thing, in particular, I would like to focus on in the future - to involve the participants in a more active manner, giving them the opportunity to express their experience and to help them present their ideas in front of a large public of colleagues and professionals.", says Pier Paolo Mariotti.