Pattaya ready to host the
67th Skål World Congress
The 67th Skål International World Congress will take
place in Pattaya, Thailand on 15-20 October 2006, at PEACH at the Royal
Cliff Beach Resort.
Skål, founded as an international association in 1934, is the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world, embracing
all sectors of the travel and tourism industry; hoteliers, travel
agents, airline executives, those working for the tourism media and
training for the many other branches of the industry. In the 90
countries and 480 locations where Skål exists, members are encouraged to
network with each other, in line with the recent motto of “Doing
Business among Friends”
Business to Business Workshop & Tourism Forum
For the first time this year the Tourism Forum during the 67th Skål
World Congress will include, a Business to Business workshop which will
be held on Wednesday 18 October 2006. A table will be available, to
every country represented by a Skålleagues attending the Congress and
additional tables and chairs are available at a cost for individual set
A number of keynote speakers will also address those attending the
workshop on topics of interest to the travel and tourism industry. The
Forum is open to all participants to the Congress.
Among the speakers, Luc Ferran will address a speech on: ‘Preventing
Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism: Present Successes and Future
Luc Ferran is the Programme Officer for Combating Trafficking and Child
Sex Tourism at the ECPAT International Secretariat in Bangkok and
represents ECPAT International on the World Tourism Organization Task
Force and Executive Committee to Protect Children from Sexual
Exploitation in Tourism and the Steering Committee and Executive
Committee for the Code of Conduct.
As an affiliate member of UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) Skål
International is supporting “Ethics in Tourism” and is also actively
involved for three years now in the campaign for the Protection of
Children from sexual exploitation in Tourism in cooperation with ECPAT.
Skålis a member of the “Task Force” and a sponsor to the “Code of
Conduct”, an ECPAT project funded by UNICEF.
5th Ecotourism Awards Ceremony
One of the important highlights of the Congress will be the
Ecotourism Awards Ceremony that will take place during the Opening
Ceremony on Monday, October 17th in the presence of all the
participants, local dignitaries and representatives of the media.
Skål International, following the United Nations declaration of 2002 as
the Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains, launched the Skål
International Ecotourism Awards to highlight and recognise global best
practices. Skål values sustainable development in tourism as the key to
the industry’s future success and considers Ecotourism as one of the
main areas of sustainable development.
For this year’s competition 51 entries have been received from 28
Countries in six different categories; accommodation rural & urban, tour
operators, General Countryside, Cities-Villages and Educational
Programs. The evaluation is done by three independent judges from
important Institutions/Organisations dealing with Eco and Sustainable
More information on SkålInternational and the Congress can be found
at www.skal.org (eTN)
|The ball is rolling
If you, believe, as I do, that time moves ever
quicker with each passing year, you will not be surprised if I
inform you that after 1,453 days since the moment Pattaya won the
bid to host the 67th Skål World Congress, the day has arrived!
In Bangkok at 12.29pm today, the 06 October 2006, Mr and Mrs Alberto
Esper, the Skal International Councillor for Argentina were
our first guests to arrive who will be delegates attending the 67th
Skål World Congress.
The ball has been nudged, the momentum is quickening...
See you in Pattaya!
Andrew J Wood
Pattaya wins vote to hold
2006 Skål World Congress
Pattaya Mail Headline 8 November 2002
Pattaya’s Skål team in
Cairns lets out a cheer when the results are announced. (Photo by Liam
At the Skål world congress held in Cairns, Australia
in 2002, the bid put forward to host the 2006 World Congress by the
local Pattaya team was successful. As the results of the vote were read
out, spontaneous applause rang through the crowded Cairns Convention
Centre and the Pattaya team were congratulated on their fine performance
in promoting Pattaya as the venue.
Since the Skål delegates from around the world represent the ‘movers and
shakers’ in the tourism industry, this is indeed a great result for the
“new” Pattaya, to be able to showcase its attractions for this group in
2006. While many then said, “It’s four years away, and we will need all
of that time to prepare,” those same people are now saying “We did it!
We are ready to present the Skål delegates of the world with the finest
promotional programme that we can offer.” The opportunities for
increased tourist numbers to our resort city will benefit everyone who
We salute “our” Skål team led by Malai Sakolviphak National President;
Andrew Wood International Councillor-Thailand, Brian Sinclair-Thompson,
President of the Skål Club of Bangkok; Andrew Khoo President of Skål
International Pattaya and East Thailand and Chairman of the Organising
Committee; Panga Vathanakul, Vice Chairperson of the Organising
Committee, Ingo Raeuber, OC Secretary, Michael Swart, OC Director of
Events, Paisan Budityanond, OC Treasurer, Peter Malhotra, Vice-President
and Director of the Congress PR Committee and Bob Lee Executive
Secretary Skål Bangkok, National Committee and Asian Area. Last but not
least our PCO dynamic duo, Joan and Kate Sarasin.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Pattaya warmly welcomes
delegates to the 67th Skål world Congress
It is always difficult to know where to begin when trying to
enthuse people about the part of the world where we live and
work. All I can say is that we are living in a tropical
paradise, and people save up for 11 months a year, just to come
and join us for four weeks.
However, the most telling statistic is the repeat business that
Pattaya enjoys. People just keep on coming back, as there is so
much to do, visitors cannot possibly cover it all in one short
We have the golfers who come over here each year, as it is
cheaper to fly to Pattaya and pay green fees for our
championship golf courses, than it is just to play a round of
golf in many countries.
We have the climate, we have the venues, and we want to impress
you. I join with everyone in Pattaya to welcome you to Amazing
Pattaya, the Tropical Paradise - with something for everyone!
Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization
“A very warm welcome awaits your visit to Eastern Star Country
Club & Resort on Thursday 19th October and your opportunity to
enjoy the splendid clubhouse facilities and Robert Trent Jones
Jnr. golf course”
Skål Golf Tournament Organiser
I would like to welcome all Skål delegates and spouses to our
great City of Pattaya. Pattaya has re-emerged as the city with
better quality of activities and excitement. It is the closest
destination to the new Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International
Airport. Pattaya is well positioned as the gateway to the
Eastern Seaboard of Thailand. The region that is enriched with
histories, cultures, ecologies and numerous man-made
attractions, such as golf courses, tiger zoo including many
historic and cultural locations.
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and thanks to all
of you for being at this congress. Have a nice visit in Pattaya
Treasurer Organizing Committee
67th Skål International World Congress
Managing Director Rabbit Resort
We are privileged to be able to host the 67th Skål World
Congress here in Pattaya. Having attended the Skål world
Congress in Zagreb-Dubrovnik last year I can assure you that
this one will be twice as much fun here in our ‘fun city by the
The public and private sector have joined hands in planning and
implementing every affordable measure to ensure that this
congress will be the best ever.
Accommodations are first class, restaurants are comparable to
the best anywhere in the world and our sight seeing tours have
been chosen not only for their beauty but also for their
cultural and environmental values.
I wish you a pleasant stay with us in Pattaya and also
throughout your travels around Thailand after the congress.
Deputy Mayor of Pattaya
Chonburi province has great pleasure and honour to welcome
leaders of the tourism industry from around the world who are
attending the 67th Skål World Congress, to exchange ideas on the
development of the tourism industry. This congress is an
auspicious occasion as this year we are celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of Skål Thailand.
Chonburi province is one of the main investors in the tourism
and service industry. Blessed with beautiful natural resources,
a wide variety of arts and cultures, excellent accommodation,
renowned seafood and easy access to and from Bangkok, Chonburi
has all the ingredients for an extraordinary vacation. The
province is one of the biggest income generating regions in the
country with Pattaya, the ‘Pearl of the East’, a convenient,
modern, and safe destination with world-class facilities. In
many ways, it is the ‘jewel in our crown’. Pattaya’s positive
characteristics create a sense of reassurance to tourists and
are partly responsible for the rapid increase in the number of
visitors to the city.
We have complete confidence that Pattaya is ready for this
event, one that will encourage cooperation and engender a sense
of partnership between tourism-related agencies in the short,
medium and long term.
We hope the charm of Pattaya touches your heart and we warmly
welcome you to our province – Chonburi.
Welcome to Pattaya!
Pattaya is one of the top three tourist destinations in Thailand
outside of Bangkok, the other two being Chiang Mai and Phuket.
Pattaya has the biggest advantage though because we nearest to
Bangkok and the new international airport of Suvarnabhumi.
As hosts to the 67th Skål World Congress we are given the golden
opportunity to show our guests our readiness to welcome the
influx of tourists from all over the world.
This congress will bring the world’s top business people in the
travel and tourism trade to our doorstep, which makes it easier
to promote Pattaya and eastern Thailand without having to travel
to all corners of the world.
I am convinced that this congress will be beneficial to tourism
in Pattaya for a long time to come.
Director Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 3
It is a know fact by all those in the travel and tourism trade
around the world that a Skål congress in their country will help
to promote the tourism trade to that nation. This is the reason
that the all members countries are given the opportunity to bid
for the privilege of hosting this important event.
We are proud and privileged to have won the bid to host the 67th
Skål world congress. Pattaya will benefit tremendously from this
congress, which will also reflect on the whole country.
Participants in this congress will experience first hand
Pattaya’s charms. You will also see that Pattaya has an
abundance of facilities for business and pleasure.
We have the most modern communications technology for the
business minded. For pleasure we offer a myriad of world-class
restaurants and entertainment complexes. We are also known as
the shoppers paradise’. We are considered to be one of Asia’s
most popular water sports destinations.
It has been a lot of hard work for the organizers and I commend
them for having done a brilliant job.
We are ready for you and with the opening of the new
Suvarnabhumi airport we are closer to you than you can imagine.
Welcome to Pattaya.
President, Thai Hotels Association (Eastern Chapter)
General Manager Dusit Resort Pattaya
My city, Pattaya, is an amazing mixture. It is an Asian city in
Thailand, one of the most colourful countries in the world, yet
we have facilities that are in many ways second to none.
Pattaya City is warm all year round. Even the very name
“Pattaya” comes from the name of the pleasant sea breezes coming
in from the Gulf of Siam.
Pattaya is geared up for the tourists. We are, after all, a very
famous tourist destination. Our shopkeepers are generally
multi-lingual, and even the small food carts with local hawker
food will understand your requests.
Yet, despite the cosmopolitan nature, my city Pattaya remains an
exciting exotic tropical location. A tourist destination where
you can ride on an elephant, go para-flying, sailing, fishing
for big game, a thousand activities are possible - or just lie
on the beach and be pampered. The choice is yours.
These days, Pattaya really is a very pleasant place for a
holiday and has indeed earned its title as Amazing Pattaya the
Tropical Paradise - With something for everybody!
I welcome you to my Pattaya. Our hearts are just as warm as our
beautiful tropical climate.
Mayor Pattaya City
I am very pleased that Pattaya is hosting the 67th Skål World
Congress. This world event will bring together the top movers
and shakers of the travel and tourism industry. People in the
know will tell you that the Skål congresses will bring
tremendous benefits to the host country in the long term, which
we saw after the 1996 world congress held in Bangkok.
This can only happen if our guests are shown the kindness and
hospitality for which we Thais are well known for. We can assure
you that we are a safe and fun city, our services are
impeccable, and we can offer a variety of beautiful and
interesting sight seeing destinations in and around our fair
city. Most importantly of all, our guests can have all of that
at a very reasonable price compared to many other countries.
We are proud of our new airport at Suvarnabhumi, which will
ensure that we will welcome you back to Pattaya for many years
Enjoy your stay with us.
Pattaya Business and Tourism Association (PBTA)
Convention Organisers Co. Ltd., was greatly honoured to be
appointed over a year ago as the Local Organiser for the 67th
SKAL World Congress to be held in Pattaya.
After having organized the Skål World Congress held in Bangkok
in 1996 as well as being the Local Secretariat for Skål
International Bangkok and the Skål National Committee for over 8
years, and a past Skålleague, this second World Congress feels
as though we are organising our very own event! In 26 years as a
Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) I have never known my
client as well as the Skål World Congresses!
Working from Bangkok for a congress to be held in Pattaya is
never an easy task but the total commitment of the Local
Organising Committee throughout the past year made my job so
much easier as well as being a very enjoyable event for us to
COCL is proud to once again be part of the Skål family and to
welcome Skålleagues from throughout the world to Thailand and
Pattaya. We hope you will enjoy this congress as much as we all
have in preparing for it over the past year.
67th SKAL Local Organiser
Convention Organisers Co., Ltd.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the
board and organizing committee, to “Thailand Happiness on Earth”
and to the beach resort of Pattaya, 147 km south east of
Our Club of Pattaya and East of Thailand look forward to sharing
with you the traditional hospitality of our Thai people and the
kingdom’s unique cultural, historical and natural heritage.
“Amazing Pattaya – the tropical paradise” is a true story of a
resort that enjoyed the boom in mass tourism with its fair share
of past environmental problems. The pioneers of this amazing
city together with local government have worked hard to ensure
its revival as a tropical paradise for all. From 18 golf
courses, Spas, Thai Cuisine and cultural shows, sea sports to
the best and the most affordable medical facilities awaits you.
The resort of Pattaya welcomes you to Thailand for the 67th Skål
International World Congress and the confidence that it will
also stir in your heart the desire to return again and again to
this tropical paradise.
Yours in Skål
Andrew Khoo, Mhcima
Skål International – Pattaya and East of Thailand
Chairman of The Organizing Committee
67th Skål World Congress
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Pattaya for the 67th
Skål World Congress, and to join us in the celebrations of the
60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the
Throne and the 50th Anniversary of the Skål movement in
With the combined efforts of the Local Organizing Committee and
Skål members in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phuket
and Hua Hin, which is in the process of being established,
please be assured that your stay will be an enjoyable and
We wish you success with the meetings to achieve Skål objectives
and a pleasant stay in our beautiful country.
Yours sincerely and Skål!
Skål International Thailand
It gives me great pleasure as President of Skål International to
welcome you to Pattaya, Thailand, for the 67th Skål World
Congress. It is great to be back in Thailand, having previously
been in Bangkok in 1996 with the largest congress attendance in
The Skål World Congress is a must for all Skål members and it is
a good time to remember the ideals of our founding fathers and
to reflect on the foresight they had in establishing a unique
international association based on friendship and amicable. We
must not lose sight of the fact that these founding fathers were
themselves all professionals in tourism.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Organising
Committee for preparing what promises to be a different kind of
congress in this most interesting country and beautiful resort
I sincerely look forward to welcoming you and I hope you have
many opportunities during the Congress to meet old friends but
equally importantly, to make new ones, agree to do business
among friends and leave Pattaya, refreshed and invigorated by
what you have experienced in Thailand.
Best regards and Skål,
Jan H. Sunde
President Skål International
Yindee Torn Rub Su Prated Thai!
Welcome to Thailand!
It seems many months ago since we received approval, during the
2002 Cairns Congress to host the 67th Skål World Congress here
in Thailand and since then our efforts have been non-stop to
ensure a most memorable Congress.
Over the coming days there will be so many people to thank and
we will ensure that they all receive our sincere appreciation.
But may I through the Pattaya Mail, offer my heartiest
congratulations here to the local Organising Committee, headed
up by SI Pattaya & East Thailand President, Andrew Khoo, for all
of the sterling work he and members of Andrew’s committee have
put into ensuring that our World Congress in Pattaya will be
truly unforgettable. Many hours and days of unselfish work have
been dedicated, on a purely voluntary basis by the Organising
Committee, to ensure that our visitors from around the world
experience the very best that Pattaya and Thailand has to offer.
In a year of many unique and historic events; from the 60th
Anniversary of H.M. King Bhumibhol Adulyadej the great; to the
opening of the new Suvarnabhumi Airport and the 50th Anniversary
of the Skål movement in Thailand, we are delighted that you
are here to experience for yourself the hospitality and warmth
of this wonderful country.
I wish you a most enjoyable and successful 67th Skal World
Andrew J Wood
General Manager Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts & Skål
If gives me great pleasure in welcoming friends and Skalleagues
attending the 67th Skal International World Congress to Pattaya, I
know you are going to love our Incredible City.
This is a really special year for us here in the Kingdom - as
the King celebrates his 60th year on the throne and the Bangkok
Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the Organisation.
I take personal pride in being part of this Skål Association and
of being the Immediate Past President of the Skål Club of
Pattaya and East Thailand. This event has been 5 years in the
Have a great stay - our doors and hearts are open to all of you.
Best wishes for a Great congress.
SC of Bangkok, National Committee of Thailand, Asian Area
It is only natural that Australians attend 2006 Skål World
Congress Pattaya. Thailand is a much favoured destination for
Aussies, your culture, cuisine, beaches, rainforest, shopping,
and most of all the friendliness of the Thai people. It is truly
the “Land of Smiles” and Australians love to spend time here.
Cairns, Australia was fortunate to host 2002 Skål World
Congress, and it was during the General Assembly of that
Congress that Pattaya won the vote to host 2006. We feel a
kinship with the Skålleagues of Thailand, a strong bond of
friendship which translates into considerable business exchange
and tourism industry support.
I have every confidence that history will record 2006 Skål World
Congress Pattaya as being one of the best ever “tropical”
congresses to have been presented.
On behalf of all Australian Skålleagues, I wish Skål Thailand
well and thank you for the opportunity to share business with
fellowship is such a beautiful country.
National President Skål International Australia
I’m looking forward to a truly great Skål Congress in Pattaya
this year. The Organizing committee has done a tremendous job
over the last three years building up the momentum and I hope
that the Congress will break all records for attendance and give
our Skål movement the push and pull that we need and deserve.
Ivo R Nekvapil
Vice President SEA and President SKAL International Kuala Lumpur
It is a great pleasure to take part in the Skål World Congress
Pattaya, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Skål
The organizers have certainly done everything to present the
Land of Smiles from its best sides and deserve all our respect
and admiration for doing so.
Skål International Samui is one of the youngest Skal Clubs (#
679). Founded in 2004, it has immediately become one of the
fastest growing Skål clubs in Thailand.
From May 23-26, 2008, we will host the Skål Asian Area Congress
and we hope to welcome many Skålleagues from all over the globe
to our paradise island in order to present them the irresistible
experience of “Skål tropical”.
Best wishes for a Skål World Congress full of harmony!
President Skål International Koh Samui
From the Bangkok SKAL Club we wish the organising committee and
all attendees at the 67th World Congress lots of fun, fellowship
and fraternity in the true spirit of Skål worldwide. We also
invite everyone to join us in celebrating 50 years of Skål in
Thailand and to reflect on how important in these challenging
times we all continue to uphold the virtues and opportunities
that this great and vital organisation represent in the past,
present and future.
President, Skål International Bangkok
General Manager for Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam
Swiss International Air Lines
I bring you, your committee, and all our friends in Pattaya and
Skål Thailand, warm regards from your fellow Skålleagues in the
It is with great pleasure that I note the success of the
Organizing Committee of Skål International Pattaya, and indeed,
of the ongoing efforts of Skål International Thailand, to make
this forthcoming Congress an outstanding event.
Your efforts to bring together Skålleagues from all over the
world, to spend some time together at the beautiful Royal Cliff
Beach Resort in Pattaya Thailand are surely the best way forward
to attain Peace and enhance Tourism in our troubled times. It is
no coincidence that Skål International has adopted the “Tourism
Through Friendship And Peace” theme for this Congress since it
is only through Friendship and Peace that tourism can flourish.
These gatherings are what Skål needs to continue to generate
friendship, camaraderie, and goodwill among Skålleagues and non-Skålleagues
I note also, that this is the 50th Anniversary of Skål
International Thailand and am delighted to join you in your
celebration of this wonderful occasion. I would like to convey,
on behalf of the members of, Skål International USA, our very
Best Wishes to Skål International Thailand on attaining this
I am delighted to be a part of this Congress and look forward to
my time with our colleagues from Thailand and around the world.
My best wishes for a successful Congress, which I am confident,
will be an outstanding event in the finest traditions of Skål!
Thank you and Skål.
President, Skal International USA
We are honoured and delighted that the award-winning Royal Cliff
Beach Resort is the Head Quarters Hotel and PEACH - Pattaya
Exhibition and Convention Hall - is the Venue for the 67th Skål
World Congress being held during 15-20 October.
The Royal Cliff Beach Resort is a destination in its own right,
comprising four 5-star hotels offering close to 1,100 rooms and
suites, a host of dining and recreational facilities and a state
of the art meetings and convention centre -PEACH- Pattaya
Exhibition And Convention Hall.
The four 5 star hotels of the Resort and PEACH are fully
integrated into one seamless product, offering a MICE venue
unique in Asia and presenting the delegates of the Skål World
Congress with a unique combination of a world-class meeting
venue combined with the services and facilities of a 5-star
Our Resort is the first convention hotel in Thailand to achieve
both ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2000 Certifications in recognition
of our environmental policies and quality management systems and
our list of awards from reputed organisations around the world –
57 so far – includes the prestigious Award of Excellence for the
Convention Hotel (Eastern Region) 2006 from the Tourism
Authority of Thailand and Best Meetings and Conventions Hotel
for Asia 2005 from Travel Trade Gazette.
Our Five star hotel rooms are only a few minutes walk from PEACH
and 5-star Food and Beverage and a team of 1500 trained
professionals is on hand to ensure the success of any event. The
team is supplemented by a group of multi lingual Event Managers
who provide all the support any organiser needs for an enjoyable
and problem-free event.
With a host of Leisure facilities on site, including 5 swimming
pools, 7 tennis courts, 2 squash courts, 2 Spas 10 restaurants
and 5 lively bars, delegates also benefit from numerous
opportunities for relaxing and socialising without having to
leave the resort.
We look forward to welcoming delegates of the 67th Skål World
Congress to Pattaya and the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
Royal Cliff Beach Resort and PEACH
Vice Chairperson, Organising Committee
Thumbs up for the 67th Skål
The OC Team: Joan Sarasin,
Ingo Raeuber, Michael Swart and Paisan Bundityanond. (clockwise from top
Last Sunday members of the local Skål Congress
Organising Committee met with Jim Power the Secretary General of Skål
International and Congress Coordinator Daniel Cervera to cross the T’s
and dot the I’s on the final stages of preparations for what is billed
as the most important travel and tourism congress in the history of
The local congress organising committee includes Andrew Khoo, Panga
Vathanakul, Paisan Bundityanond, Ingo Raeuber, Michael Swart and Peter
Malhotra. Together with the professional congress organisers, Joan and
Kate Sarasin this task force has been meeting on a regular basis for the
past year and a half vigorously planning and putting into place all that
it takes and more to ensure that this gigantic undertaking is to become
the best Skål Congress ever.
The 67th Skål World congress will commence on Sunday the 15th of October
when hundreds of Skål delegates and their spouses will be treated to a
grand welcoming party held around the main pool of the Royal Cliff Beach
Resort, followed by the magnificent opening ceremony which will take
place at PEACH on Monday morning.
Peter Malhotra interviews
Jim Power for Pattaya Mail on TV (PMTV) during this crucial meeting held
at the Royal Cliff Grand.
Skål Pattaya finally reaches
the ‘Pinnacle’ of great expectations
Skålleagues in Pattaya and East Thailand gathered at
the Pinnacle Jomtien Resort & Spa to celebrate the imminent conclusion
of four whole years of hard work of congress preparations, which will
climax at the 67th Skål World Congress this week.
The evening was hosted by Ingo Raeuber the general manager of this
exotic beach side property, whose motives were not only to lay on a
fancy barbeque and drinks for his guests, but to also show off the brand
new renovations to his property.
Taking his guests on a guided tour of the vast grounds of the Pinnacle
he said, “It took a bit of time to finally have the first of our four
projects completed at Pinnacle Jomtien Resort & Spa, but we finally did
He proudly showed off his new lobby that was adorned with beautiful Thai
handcrafted works of art. Not to be stopped Ingo showed his guests the
Lotus Bar and the Internet stations and even the brand new rest rooms.
On query he said, “I believe that Pattaya can expect an influx of
tourists after the Skål World Congress, and I want to give only the best
to our visitors. Hence we have spent a fortune upgrading and beautifying
“Looks okay, doesn’t it? said he with a twinkle in his eye.