BANGKOK, Thailand – Members of SKAL International Bangkok pose with Mr. Martin Fabiano (fifth from left), resident manager of the Dream Hotel in Bangkok, on September 8, 2009. The SKAL club’s monthly meeting was a networking evening held in the hotel’s Flava restaurant/nightclub and was well attended by SKAL members and guests. Executive Committee members with Mr. Fabiano are, from left: Bob Lee, Executive Secretary; Anton Knecht, director; Malai Sakolviphak, treasurer; Tom Aikins, director of PR and communications; Andrew Wood, president; Brinley Waddell, program director; Scott Smith, director of Young SKAL; and M.L. Hathaijanok Kritakara, membership development director.
SKAL 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.
The first club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew, and in 1934, the “Association Internationale des SKAL Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first president, who is considered the “Father of SKAL.”
SKAL International today has approximately 20,000 members in 500 clubs throughout 90 countries. Most activities occur at local levels, moving up through national committees, under the umbrella of SKAL International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.
SKAL International Bangkok meets monthly on every second Tuesday; for details please check the new club website www.skalbangkok.org.