She’s renowned for having one of the most difficult names in the travel industry, but now Jo Rzymowska has even more letters at the start of her name… after being made a professor by Thames Valley University.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Associate Vice-President and General Manager was presented the honorary title by Sir Rocco Forte at a graduation ceremony at the recently opened Waldorf Astoria Syon Park hotel in west London.
Rzymowska obtained a BA in travel and tourism at Ealing College of Higher Education – the forerunner to TVU – since then has been a long supporter of its internationally recognised tourism department, often returning to hand out awards, make speeches and take part in research projects.
At the prize-giving, TVU’s head of travel and tourism Dr Paul Fidgeon said: “Jo is living testimony to what any TVU student can achieve with hard work, dedication and application. With her ability to combine the pressures of home, work and family (and always remain so cheerful and positive) she is a role model for us all.”
The professorship was awarded to mark her career in the industry, which has included senior roles at Walt Disney, CenterParcs, Dreamticket.co.uk, Universal Studios and Thomas Cook.
Rzymowska added: “Getting this award is a real honour and one I’m very proud to accept. I’ve been very lucky to work for some fantastic companies in an industry that has allowed me to see and do so many great things.”