Krassi SimonskiMarket Analyst, Europe
Dr. Krassi Simonski is Phocuswright's market analyst, Europe and managing director of eCommerceAcademy.net. Krassi is the lead analyst for Phocuswright's Russia and Eastern Europe: Navigating the Emerging Online Travel Marketplace research initiative. The Special Project measures travel size and trends and forecasts online travel penetration for Russia, Ukraine, Poland and other Eastern European travel markets.
Prior to establishing the eCommerceAcademy.net, Krassi was head of business development for TravelStoreMaker.com, managing the spin-off of innovative business lines into different companies. He is also executive officer of Skal International's Sofia club, assisting in expanding the international relations in the region.
Krassi's background also includes chair of the Bulgarian Research and Education Network. Prior to that, he served a political mandate as deputy chair of the State Agency for ICT of Bulgaria in charge of the national IT development. He was the Bulgarian representative to several EC high-level groups including Internet and information society. Krassi implemented multiple ICT projects of EU and national funding in the area of digital inclusion, broadband penetration, research networking and e-learning. He was the first chair of the Telecentres.Europe organization to support the network of telecenters across Europe
His university background as adjunct professor in computer sciences and 12 years as director of communications and computing at the first American University in Central and Eastern Europe (AUBG) as well as being one of the first Internet missioners in the region, brought him thousands of contacts at the national, European and international levels.
Russia and Eastern Europe Spotlight 2017Category: Market Overview & Sizing Published: May 2017 Analysts: Krassi Simonski, Karen Burka
As Eastern Europe’s largest travel market, Russia plays a key role in the economic vitality of the region. As proof, the 2014 default of the ruble plunged Eastern Europe’s travel markets into a series...
U.K. Online Travel Overview Twelfth EditionCategory: Market Overview & Sizing Published: December 2016 Analysts: Krassi Simonski, David Juman US $795
While concerns over Brexit have led many cash-strapped travelers to think twice before going abroad, the U.K. travel market continues to perform well overall, with a 6% increase in bookings projected...
Eastern European Spotlight: Russia's Online Market Springs to LifeCategory: Market Overview & Sizing Published: June 2014 Analysts: Krassi Simonski, David Juman US $795
Despite significant economic and political obstacles, travel is a growing, important market in Russia, driven by a middle-class population eager to see more of the country and the world beyond. While...
Fragmentation Sparks Metasearch in Russia and Eastern EuropeCategory: Social & Search Published: March 2013 Analysts: Krassi Simonski US $645
While Russia and Eastern Europe's travel market lags more developed regions in terms of online travel penetration, its technological maturity is advancing rapidly. This growth includes metasearch, an...
Presentation: A Sleeping Giant Awakens - Eastern Europe's Online Travel MarketCategory: Market Overview & Sizing Published: September 2012 Analysts: Krassi Simonski, Gustaf Moell, Lorraine Sileo
The September 12, 2012 webinar reveals the unique characteristics, challenges and opportunities of Eastern Europe's travel marketplace.