World Tourism Day


Skål International Asia joins in celebrating World Tourism Day on September 27, 2009. Celebrating diversity is this year’s World Tourism Day theme and coincides with Skål International president Hulya Aslantas’ presidential theme “Bridging the Cultures.”

“Promoting global tourism and friendship around the world is the link uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry,” said Gerry Perez, Asia area president, Skål International, “and it is the perfect vehicle to honor and respect the cultural diversity that is the essence of Asia.” This year’s World Tourism theme gives attention to the world’s cultural wealth and the important role of sustainable tourism in revitalizing local traditions and making them flourish in the company of other cultures.

According to Perez, Skål is an association which encourages doing business among friends and creates a network of professionals by promoting seminars and conferences that strengthen the industry’s professionalism. “Membership of Skål is open to managers or executives involved in tourism management, marketing, and sales promotions in specified travel and tourism businesses,” Perez added.

Skål Asia currently has more than 2,000 members in some 47 clubs covering the geographic area from the island of Guam in the western Pacific to Bahrain in west Asia, and the regions of north Asia, southeast Asia, and south Asia, to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

The Skål International Asia Congress was held late last May in Incheon, Korea and next year’s Asia Congress will be hosted by Cebu, May 27-30, 2010. This year’s World Congress is coming up on November 1–6 in Budapest. More congress information and information on Skål can be found at and

Pictured L to R: Earl Wieman, Robert Lee, Ivo Nekpavil, Robert Sohn, Malcolm Scott, Gerry Perez, Graham Blakely, Andrew Coggins, Hiro Kobayashi, Andrew Wood