Whit­sun­days to host Skal’s national tourism assem­bly

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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