Fady BOUDAGHER is a global communications specialist who has consulted for, and worked with, some of the world leaders in hospitality, education, culture, logistics, event management, and tourism. Born in the town of Mrouj, Lebanon, Fady has special approval from the Austrian Government to keep his Lebanese Nationality, while also holding Austrian Citizenship. Fady was appointed as Honorary Consul in Innsbruck in May 2018 and he is married to Sandra Rassam.
A graduate from ITM in Austria, Fady holds a BA in Management & International Marketing. His education includes two years studying Law at Holy Spirit University, Kaslik- Lebanon, and holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing degree from the American University of Technology.
Fady is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism as an Official Tour Guide. Since 2000, he has served as a Member of the National Council of Tourism within the Ministry. In 2003, Fady Founded the World Committee for the International Festival for Lebanese Emigrants which saw hundreds of participants converge during the festivals of 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010 which included national and cultural concerts, award nights, and customized tours called ‘Discovering Your Roots in Lebanon’. His other activities include serving as President of OUR LADY of Lebanon Scouts, and a Committee Member of the Maronite League, plus he was the Vice President of ‘Radio Amateur Lebanon’ (his call sign is OD5OD), and a Member of the Lebanese-Austrian Association which was formed to encourage cross-cultural interaction and business transactions. Fady designed and convened a media tour to Austria, which visited several cities. The journalists returned to Lebanon and featured a range of stories about Austrian business and cultural connections.
Keen to share the richness of the Lebanese traditions globally, and to maintain the cultural heritage and traditions of the Maronites which date back 1,500 years, Fady founded (and is the President of) the Maronite Cultural Centre formed by Decree of the Lebanese Government, backed by Cardinal Rai, the Patriarch of the Maronite and Antioch Church. Furthermore, to preserve Lebanon’s heritage, for the First time in the world Fady Organized the World LEBANESE DABKE Championship” 9 Lebanese Dabke groups from all over the world were invited to compete to win the cedars wood trophy.
In addition to his community duties, Fady saw an opportunity to found a special tourist attraction aimed at promoting the Lebanese heritage. In 2007 he designed and developed a 27,000 square meter village comprising church, restaurants, farm, playground, parkland, and function center. He called it ‘Hayda Lebanon’ which aims to promote all things pertaining to Lebanese heritage. Open all year ’round, this Village showcases Lebanon’s deep history. More information at HaydaLebanon.co .
To assist a range of Austrian Companies to advance their business connections and to expand their promotional scope, Fady acts as their trusted commercial representative in Lebanon.
Fady owns several companies including a tourist publication (Tour in Lebanon Magazine), and a tourist agency (Tours Are Us), plus a souvenir production company (Lubnaniyat) which created a concept called ‘Take Lebanon Home’. His experience includes management consulting to the owner of a five-star hotel, boasting 300 rooms. Fady assists with international communications, ideas for major events, plus general operations and customer service matters.