SKAL is one of the worlds leading networking organisations connecting people in the travel and hospitality industry all across the world together to exchange ideas/practices to build a more successful and inclusive environment for travel professionals all across the world. Krabi got it’s first 20 members in 2015 leading to the formation of the chapter in Krabi and putting Krabi on the map for SKAL members all around thew world.
Members of SKAL come from a diverse background, the organisation is represented by over 15,000 members stationed at over 400 clubs in more than 80 nations. It’s one of the more comprehensive organisations of it’s kind, offering people who move throughout the globe a place where they can come meet with other members and get up to speed on local activities and things to do in the region as well as general networking with other travel professionals.
A little about the history of this influential organization SKAL
Shortly after the inauguration of the first joint Swedish and French air service between Stockholm and Paris in 1932, a group of travellers from the French capital were invited to make an exploratory flight over the new route. The welcome they received in Stockholm led to many lasting friendships. Realizing the importance of closer relationships, those who made the flight to Stockholm were determined to find a permanent organization whose primary aim would be the creation of goodwill and friendship in travel and transportation circles throughout the world.
The “Association Internationale des Skal Clubs (AICS)” was created on 28th April 1934 in the Hotel Scribe and Florimont Volckaert became its founder President who is considered the “Father of Skal”.
Skal International is governed by an Executive Committee of six members elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly held during the Skal World Congress hosted by a different country each year so that members are allowed to see for themselves the travel and tourism potential all around the world.
Tourism came late to Thailand around the 60’s when national and international representatives from the hospitality industry joined to form the first of Thailand’s Skal clubs in Bangkok. This rapidly attracted more members and their interest has been extended to cities such as Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. The movement started to gain more and more fame and has now spread further to Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin.
The Krabi branch of Skal International has been in place for more than one month now and has attracted so far about 30 members ranging from resort and hotels managers, luxury villas and restaurants owners. In order for the members to stay in touch, a regular monthly dinner will be held in local hotels or restaurants owned or managed by the members. This is the best way to discuss the travel and tourism industries, network and engage in community activities.
The organization has also a philanthropic purpose for members who find themselves in trouble to help and advise them. The Florimond Volckaert Fund was created for such urgent situations. Members in the past have been helped because of emergencies of any sort and each of the 15,000 members has a small part of his annual subscription set aside to contribute.
If your interested in joining like minded travel professionals at their upcoming meeting please visit their facebook page for more information.
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