Whitsundays to host Skal’s national tourism assembly
SKAL Whitsundays will be hosting the international tourism association’s annual national assembly, here in the Whitsundays this coming weekend.
Skal Whitsundays secretary Carolyn Upton said Skal was the largest tourism association in the world, comprised of senior managers and/or business owners of tourism related companies.
“Predominantly members are travel agents, inbound and outbound tour wholesalers, airline and hotel chain executives, tour operators, transport operators etc,” she said.
Within Australia, there are 21 Skal clubs. Each year, delegates and members from all of these clubs meet in one location to discuss issues within the industry, to network with each other and to experience the region where the assembly is held.
Ms Upton said hosting this year’s assembly was not only a first for the region, but also a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Whitsundays to the visiting members.
“It is our aim to send them home at the end of this weekend, absolutely gob- smacked at how beautiful this area is and to then have them tell their colleagues and clients that this area is a must-see location,” she said.
Skal Whitsundays will be holding a welcome cocktail party at the newly renovated Capers restaurant tomorrow (Friday, September 13).
The national assembly, which is only open to Skal members, will held at the Airlie Beach Hotel.
The gala dinner, which concludes the official program, will be held on Daydream Island on Saturday, September 14, with live music and a three-course dinner.
Ms Upton said all of these events would be attended by the national executive of Skal Australia, delegates and members from all the Skal clubs around Australia as well as the executives and members of Skal Whitsundays.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney and her husband Shane Whitney will also attend the cocktail party, and Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited CEO Danial Rochford will attend both functions.