The 69th Skål World Congress will commence in Taipei, Taiwan on October 12, 2007 with a spectacular Get-together party at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, which includes the Chiang Kai Shek Museum. http://images.google.com/images?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=WZPA,WZPA:2006-38,WZPA:en&q=Chiang%20Kai%20Shek%20Memorial%20Hall&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi
The official Opening Ceremony will be held at the Taipei International Congress and Convention Hall (TICC). The Opening Ceremony will include the parade of the flags of all the nations represented in Skål, the official speeches, the presentation of the Skål Club of the Year Award and the presentation of the 7th Ecotourism Awards. Click on the following hyperlink to see all the entries in the Ecotourism Awards: http://www.skal.org/pdf/ecotourism08_update.pdf
On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, the General Assembly, which is the one occasion every year when all the Clubs have the chance to meet and discuss items of mutual interest and vote for the candidate for the coming year and select the venue for the Congress in 2010, will be held. During the General Assembly in Taipei the amendments to the Statutes will also be tabled. Clubs should ensure that these proposed amendments are discussed locally and the Club delegate instructed how to vote. Copies of the proposed amendments can be found at the following hyperlink: http://www.skal.org/pdf/ingles/modifications2008.pdf
The Agenda for the General Assembly, including the reports by Skål International, the finances and the candidates for election can be found at the following hyperlink: skal.ctdli.net/des/login.php?idioma=I&destino=agenda
On Tuesday evening October 14, 2008, all Skål members and accompanying persons will come together for dinner at the magnificent Grand Hotel overlooking the Taiwan basin. Dinner will be served on the top floor with its great view of the city. Following dinner, a Talent or Friendship Night will be held where talented Skålleagues and friends will have the opportunity to perform, sing or play a musical instrument. After the success of this evening in Antalya last year, we have been asked to organize it again. There will be a form on the website for you to indicate your particular talent. Go to: http://www.skal.org/congresos/taipei2008/I/talent.pdf
Wednesday morning, October 15, 2008, the annual Tourism Forum will commence at 09:30 hours in the TICC auditorium. The speaker this year will be Bert Van Walbeek, managing director, The Winning Edge, and his topic will be “Expect the Unexpected.” Bert is an expert in crisis management and delivers his serious lectures in a not-so-serious and enjoyable manner – not to be missed. Go to his website www.twe-winningedge.com
The Tourism Forum will be followed immediately by the Business to Business (B2B) workshop. This is the workshop’s third year, and it has gone from success to success. Meetings will last 15 minutes and no deadline has been put on the duration of the workshop, which can continue after lunch if necessary. A special form has been designed http://skal.ctdli.net/des/bus2bus.php?idioma=I for you to give maximum information about your business. Please complete the form and submit the information which will be placed on the website prior to the Congress. You can also find the list of those registered for the Congress by going to the following hyperlink: http://skal.ctdli.net/des/login.php?codentidad=1&destino=listpart&idioma=I and inserting your password. From this list you will be able to target specific members or businesses in advance.
The President’s Gala Dinner will be held at the Sheraton Taipei Hotel on the evening of Wednesday, October 15, 2008. Table reservations for this event are being sent with the congress registrations papers by e-mail.
All in all, a very interesting program has been compiled. The program in full is at: http://www.skal.org/congresos/taipei2008/I/programme.asp?idioma=I
A new feature this year is that non-delegates and accompanying persons are able to select the excursions of their choice online. A special form has been designed which is available at: http://www.skal.org/congresos/taipei2008/I/Excursions.pdf. Please complete the form and submit it to reserve your tour.
A number of very interesting pre- and post-tours have been selected so that you can extend your stay in this most interesting part of the world and see as much of Taiwan as possible. Go to http://www.skal.org/congresos/taipei2008/I/tours.pdf
A lot of information on the city of Taipei can be found at the following hyperlink: http://www.skal.org/congresos/taipei2008/I/city.asp?idioma=I