Started his career in tourism at WES Research & Strategy (Bruges). He is co-founder – Honorary president of TRC ; one of the founding fellows of IAST and during more than ten years vice-president of AIEST. Visiting professor (1967-2001) and later Treasurer College of Europe. Since 2002 part-time professor at KULeuven (the master of tourism). From 1979-2000 director-general of the Regional Development Authority of West-Flanders and WES Research and Strategy.