Skål International World Congress an overwhelming success Down Under


Frank Vismeg, president of Skål Toronto North returned from Sydney, Australia, where he attended the Skål International World Congress from October 6-12, 2010. Nik Racic, president of Skål International and director of the Croatian Convention and Incentive Bureau said that he could confidently state “that Sydney was the center of world tourism during these days” with his presidential message “Living the true spirit of Skål” at the forefront of this congress. All Skål delegates thoroughly enjoyed the congress, which was an overwhelming success.

Said Frank, “I look to Skalleagues as friends, as well as individuals, who can help me further in our business interest and opportunities globally. I had a pleasure meeting Skålleagues from many countries cities during [the] ‘Doing Business Among Friends’ tradeshow and during the conference, who want to [do] business in Ontario and Canada. I had an opportunity to introduce to them the Haliburton Highlands area, Pinestone Resort, Conference Centre & Golf Course, and Vrancor Group of Hotels, as well [as] extended a warm invitation to all members of Skål to visit Canada and experience what we have to offer on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Member of Parliament for Halton and Minister of Labour.”

There were more than 550 participants from approximately 50 countries including 26 “Skalleagues” from Canada experiencing the friendship and hospitality of their Australian Skålleagues.

Skål 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.

President of Skål International Toronto North, Frank Vismeg, along with several other clubs, received special recognition for increasing membership over 10 percent during his 2010 presidency. The presentation was made by newly-elected president of Skål International, Tony Boyle.

The delegates were entertained during the President’s Gala Dinner by a very special guest, Ana Rucner, a famous cello player who was raised in a family of reputable classical musicians. Her mother, Snježana, is a solo cellist with the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, and her father Dragan is a solo violist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Her brother Mario also shares the family’s talent and passion as a violist. In 1998, Snježana and Dragan formed the now world famous and reputable Rucner String Quartet.

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