Pro­mot­ing the Whit­sun­days in New York

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SEVEN mem­bers of Skal Whit­sun­days, at­tended the 74th an­nual World Congress of Skal In­ter­na­tional, held in New York in early Oc­to­ber.

Pres­i­dent Peter Up­ton, vice pres­i­dent Mark Bell, sec­re­tary Carolyn Up­ton and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers Lyn Greg­son and Richard Con­don at­tended a Busi­ness to Busi­ness workshop dur­ing the congress to show­case the Whit­sun­days to mem­bers from all cor­ners of the globe. As Skal mem­bers must be se­nior tourism and travel pro­fes­sion­als, this was an op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age a large num­ber of travel agents and in­bound op­er­a­tors to visit the Whit­sun­days and to have them on-sell the lo­ca­tion to their cus­tomers.

Whit­sun­day Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited do­nated USB sticks to hand out at the B2B, which con­tained im­ages and data on the re­gion, and the club also had a num­ber of hand­outs and gifts with in­for­ma­tion on web­sites where more de­tails could be ob­tained.

Vice pres­i­dent Mark Bell, who was at­tend­ing his first world congress for Skal said, “I felt there was a gen­uine in­ter­est from fel­low Skal mem­bers to do busi­ness with each other. The im­por­tant is­sue seems to be that by do­ing busi­ness with each other, when they send their clients to you, they know you will look af­ter them, and they trust you to do that.” Mark noted that he had al­ready sent in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing group rates for his ho­tel to mem­bers he met dur­ing the B2B ses­sion.

Skal Whit­sun­days was hon­oured with an award in recog­ni­tion of their growth in mem­ber­ship num­bers and also re­ceived nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades re­gard­ing the re­cent na­tional as­sem­bly held in Air­lie Beach.

The six day congress was at­tended by 1100 mem­bers world­wide, and was con­ducted on board the largest ship in the Car­ni­val Cruises fleet - Car­ni­val Glory.

The ship called in to var­i­ous ports dur­ing the six days, where congress par­tic­i­pants were warmly wel­comed by Skal mem­bers from the Bos­ton, Port­land, St John and Halifax clubs.

NEW YORK TRIP: Re­nee Martin, Mark Bell, Richard Con­don, Rus­sell But­ler (Aus­tralian pres­i­dent of Skal In­ter­na­tional), Carolyn Up­ton and Peter Up­ton at the 74th an­nual World Congress of Skal In­ter­na­tional, held in New York in early Oc­to­ber.

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