75th ANNIVERSARY OF SKÅL INTERNATIONAL
Skål International is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its foundation as an international association this year and the special celebrations will take place in Paris, where the first Club was founded, from 26 to 28 April 2009. To read your personal invitation from the President, Hulya Aslantas, to see the programme and get the registration form, please click here or go to the Skål website www.skal.travel and click on the special 75th Anniversary logo.
70th SKÅL WORLD CONGRESS
The 70th Skål World Congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 1-6 November 2009. Skål International Budapest is working very hard to ensure a very special congress in this beautiful city on the banks of the Danube. More information and the registration form can be found by clicking on the following hyperlink: http://www.skal.org/congresos/Budapest09/budapest09.asp?idioma=I
SKÅL INTERNATIONAL ECOTOURISM AWARDS
The 8th Skål International Ecotourism Awards will be presented in Budapest during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th Skål World Congress on Monday 2 November 2009 by the President of Skål International, Hulya Aslantas. The deadline for receipt of entries is 30 June 2009. Full details on the awards are on the special Sustainable Tourism page of the Skål International website www.skal.travel or click on the following hyperlink: http://www.skal.org/sustainable/I/index.html?idioma=I&codentidad=1
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEET IN TURKEY
The Executive Committee of Skål International met recently in Turkey. It is normal for the current President of Skål to host the meeting in his or her own country. The current President of Skål International invited the Executive Committee to Turkey where they were hosted for a number of days in various locations in Turkey. Read more.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MINUTES
The Minutes of the General Assembly held in Taipei, Taiwan have already been published in the “Members Only Area” of the Skål International website: www.skal.travel or click here.
The results of the survey done following the 69th Skål World Congress are now available on the Skål International website www.skal.travel – go to Congresses
AREA AND NATIONAL CONGRESSES
This is the time of year when Area and National Committees hold their Annual Congresses. If you would like to attend one or more of these congress there is a list on the Skål International website www.skal.travel go to congresses or click on the following hyperlink: http://www.skal.org/congresos/congresos.asp?idioma=I
SKÅL CLUB OF THE YEAR
The Skål Club of the Year competition is open to all Clubs who have met the criteria. The deadline for receipt of entries is 30 September 2009. To view the criteria, please click here http://www.skal.org/html/clubyear/I/p01.htm
BUSH FIRES IN AUSTRALIA
All of us have been saddened by the terrible tragedy following the bush fires in Victoria. Skål International Australia has opened an appeal for the victims of this tragedy. Donations should be sent to The National Treasurer, Skål International Australia, GPO Box 366, Adelaide SA 5001. Cheques to be made payable to Skål International Australia. To get a greater insight into the tragedy click here to read “The Day Hell visited Earth” by Mark Windsor, Vice President, Skål International Australia.
SKÅL INTERNATIONAL COPENHAGEN
Skål International Copenhagen (12) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary on 25 April 2009. Please click here to view the programme. Why not combine it with the 75th Anniversary celebrations of Skål International in Paris on 27th April 2009.
SKÅL INTERNATIONAL PUERTO RICO
Skål International Puerto Rico will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on the weekend of 3-5 April 2009. For more details of the programme, please click here: http://www.skal.org/pdf/puertorico50.pdf
SKÅL TOURISM QUALITY AWARDS
Skål International Austria Tourism Quality Awards will be presented during a special weekend event from 17-19 April 2009. Click on the following hyperlink to view the programme: http://www.skal.org/pdf/Austrai09.pdf
WHAT SKÅL CAN DO
James and Jill Bertlin, members of Skål International Lake District won a prize of a holiday in Kenya during the Taipei Congress on the raffle which was organised in support of the Florimond Volckaert Fund. Click here to read all about the holiday and the many Skål friends they made on the way.
HOTEL MARKETING CONFERENCE
The 5th National Hotel Marketing Conference will take place on Friday 6 March 2009 at Heathrow. Click here for more details.
SKÅLLEAGUE ON THE MOVE
Manga Hotels Group, have recently appointed Toronto North Skålleague, Frank Vismeg as Regional Director of Operations. Click here to read the Press Release.
YOUNG SKÅL THAILAND
Skål International Bangkok recently hosted a very successful joint Skål / PATA lunch where a presentation of Baht 100,000 was made by Mrs Corry Bik to the Leader of Young Skål Thailand, Scott Smith, to assist the Club provide help and support to this important and growing group of young tourism professionals. Young Skål is open to all travel and tourism professionals between 20-29 years old. Do you have Young Skål members in your Club?
SKÅLLEAGUE WINS PRESTIGOUS AWARD
Sean O’Driscoll, a member of Skål International Kerry is named Best Young Manager of the Year. One of the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry has been awarded to Sean O’Driscoll, General Manager of The Brehon, Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland. Sean was awarded Young Manager of the Year 2008 at The Irish Hospitality Institute Founders’ Banquet & Hospitality Awards. Click here to read the Press Release.