The new Executive Committee of Skål International was elected during the 69th Skål World Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan on October 14, 2008:
Hulya Aslantas, President – Skål International
Nic Racic, Senior Vice President
Tony Boyle, Junior Vice President
Enrique Quesada, John Britton, Lone Ricks and Karine Coulanges, Directors
Marianna Krohn, President of the International Council
Jim Power, Secretary General
Speaking at the President’s Gala Dinner, Mrs. Hulya Aslantas thanked the outgoing President Phillip Sims for his dedicated work during his presidency. She has also expressed her gratitude to all the delegates for electing her as the new leader of the Skål world and promised to work hand in hand with all the members to bring Skål International one more step forward. As leaders of world tourism, she expressed her belief that working together they will endeavour to improve the standards of ethics, quality and environment for sustainable development and world peace – 2 preconditions for the healthy growth of the tourism industry.
Skål, founded as an international association in 1934, is the largest organization of travel and tourism professionals in the world, embracing all sectors of the travel and tourism industry with 20,000 members in almost 500 locations in 90 countries.
Skål International is aiming at quality and supports sustainable development and responsible tourism. Skål International is an Affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization Business Council, one of whose missions is to promote ethics in business, particularly the Global Code of Ethics issued by the UN World Tourism Organization, which covers peace, the environment, security, pollution, human contacts and respect for local cultures. Skål International is also a member of the task force on the prevention of exploitation of children in tourism and is one of the sponsors of the Code of Conduct drawn up as a result of this task force.
The General Secretariat of Skål International is in Torremolinos, Spain. For any further information please contact: Skål International, General Secretariat, Edificio España, Avenida Palma de Mallorca 15-1º, 29620, Torremolinos, SPAIN, Tel: +34 952 38 9111, www.skal.org , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .