SKÅL International Asian area president Mr. Gerry Perez announced the launch of their new website www.skal-asia.org.
The new website is designed to be especially helpful to members and non-members alike and includes details of how and where to join SKÅL International in Asia, the world’s largest association of travel and tourism professionals.
For the first time ever, this will be an important reference tool of SKÅL’s Asian area including photographs and contact details of the new board of officers for 2009-2011; the five National Committees in Asia namely: Thailand, India, Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan; as well as all 42 presidents of SKÅL clubs in the Asian area.
The website will include a picture gallery of important past events, such as the association’s World Congress, and will be a focal point for members and media to receive updated news and information of happenings in the Asian area.
Regularly updated, the new website will be a window of knowledge on the activities of SKÅL International Asian area clubs and will assist in SKÅL’s core mission of promoting friendship and business between Asian Skalleagues.
The Asian area’s flagship event, the annual Congress, will also be featured – the 39th SKÅL Asia Congress in Cebu, May 27-30, 2010.
“We are proud to be part of the largest association of tourism professionals uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. And I am especially pleased to acknowledge the return of SKÅL Club No. 13 in Jakarta, the oldest in Asia and first ‘SKÅL Club’ established outside of Europe in December 1934. With more than 2,500 members, SKÅL Asia’s 11 percent growth in recent years is a reflection of the area’s vibrance despite a difficult business environment. From the small island I call home in Guam, to SE Asia and the far reaches of Bahrain and Mauritius, we are perhaps the most diverse area committee to be found in the world of SKÅL,” said Perez in the new website.
“Our industry is one that accounts for 10 percent of the world’s GDP and nearly 900 million travelers around the world annually. And as the financial contagion normalizes in the years ahead, we can expect Asia’s tourism growth to be significant. The 21st century has ushered phenomenal growth in Asia, and the prospect for membership growth is full of promise. The challenge for us all is to assert our leadership roles in the communities we serve and to harness the goodness of peace and friendship while alleviating poverty, exercising proper stewardship of tourism resources, and inviting others to join our cause,” he added.
SKÅL, founded in 1934, is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members – the industry’s managers and executives – meet at local, national, regional, and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest. Skål International today has approximately 20,000 members in 500 clubs throughout 91 countries.