Skål gears up for elec­tions

Arun Ragha­van, Sec­re­tary for Asian Area at Skål In­ter­na­tional, will con­test for another term at the an­nual Congress and Gen­eral As­sem­bly from May 12-15.

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The up­com­ing 46th Skål Asian Area An­nual Congress and Gen­eral As­sem­bly that will be held at the Gulf Ho­tel in Bahrain from May 12 to 15 will also in­clude the as­so­ci­a­tion’s elec­tions that take place ev­ery two years. Arun Ragha­van, who is cur­rently serv­ing as the Sec­re­tary for Asian Area, Skål In­ter­na­tional, will be con­test­ing for the same po­si­tion. The elec­tions will be held on May 14, 2017. Ragha­van says, “For the past two years I have been the sec­re­tary for the Asian Area for Skål In­ter­na­tional and I'm con­test­ing for the same po­si­tion for another term of two years. I think I would need four years to do a bet­ter job for the Asian re­gion be­cause it is a huge area.”

Skål cur­rently has 40 clubs in the Asian Area start­ing from Guam, Ja­pan right up to Mauritius. In­dia has 10 Skål clubs and another 30 clubs in Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Ja­pan, Tai­wan, Thai­land, Colombo, Nepal, etc. There are about 1,700 Skål mem­bers in the Asia area. Skål had called for nom­i­na­tions from lo­cal mem­bers who were will­ing to serve on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. All mem­bers in good stand­ing of Skål clubs through­out the re­gion are el­i­gi­ble to serve on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of Skål Asian Area for up to four years.

The pro­gramme in­cludes a B2B mar­ket­place where Bahrain op­er­a­tors will get an op­por­tu­nity to net­work and mar­ket their prod­ucts, and con­tract busi­ness with In­dian del­e­gates. Bahrain’s na­tional car­rier Gulf Air of­fered a 30 per cent dis­count on air­fares for all del­e­gates. Visa charges were also waived for del­e­gates who reg­is­tered be­fore April 30. Su­nil Matha­p­ati, Coun­try Man­ager, Bahrain Tourism & Ex­hi­bi­tion Author­ity, says, “We are thrilled to or­gan­ise the Skål West Asia Congress in Bahrain. Bahrain Tourism & Ex­hi­bi­tion Author­ity as a ges­ture had the visa charges waived off for all mem­bers who ap­plied be­fore 30 April. This is the first year of Bahrain Tourism’s pres­ence in In­dia and we would like to reach out to all seg­ments that can help in cre­at­ing vis­i­bil­ity for the des­ti­na­tion. The Skål Congress is a good plat­form and the mem­bers’ ex­pe­ri­ence of the King­dom will help in pro­mot­ing the des­ti­na­tion.”

Su­nil Matha­p­ati Coun­try Man­ager, Bahrain Tourism & Ex­hi­bi­tion Author­ity

Arun Ragha­van Cur­rent Sec­re­tary for Asian Area at Skål In­ter­na­tional

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