Andrew, two time past president of Skål International Pattaya smiled as Scott presented him with the Skål Pattaya flag and reminded him of the appreciation Skål Thailand has for all of his past efforts and continued support of Skål, including the years of work that went into organizing and hosting the 67th Annual Skål World Congress in Pattaya in 2006. Andrew was extremely pleased to hear about the recent re-launch of Skål Pattaya and wished them every success.
International Councilor for Skål Thailand Scott Smith (right) receives a warm welcome from former Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya GM Andrew Khoo in Bali.
Andrew was general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya for eight years resulting in the hotel being awarded the Best Hard Rock Hotel by Hard Rock International, headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Hard Rock Hotel Bali is Asia’s first Hard Rock Hotel and the leading entertainment hotel in Bali, featuring 418 tribute rooms, luxury and deluxe suites, alongside six cutting edge food and beverage outlets.
It is no surprise, since Andrew’s arrival at the Hard Rock Bali, they have received numerous awards and accolades including the 2013 Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for top 10 hotels for families-Indonesia and the 2012 Trip Advisor overall winner for top 25 trendiest hotels in Indonesia.
Founded in 1934, Skål is the world’s largest organization of tourism professionals. Skål International membership provides access to people and events that are relevant to business development in Thailand and across the ASEAN region. Skål International today has developed into the world’s most effective tourism industry networking organization with approximately 17,000 members in 450 clubs throughout 85 nations.
The Skål Bali club has approximately 180 members and is the 4th largest Skål club worldwide. The Skål Bali club’s recipe for success is quite simple and reflects Skål International’s slogan “Doing Business Among Friends”. All clubs organize monthly events, usually lunches or dinners and many events will feature a special guest speaker. These friendly events give ample opportunity to travel industry executives to interact with existing friends and expand their network of business partners. Skål Thailand is comprised of over 250 travel executives in 6 clubs; Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Phuket and Koh Samui.
There are plenty of opportunities to use your Skål membership benefits when travelling or just by accepting the invitations to the regular club functions. Most Skål activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of International Skål, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.
Please contact your local Skål club for details on how to join the world’s largest organization of tourism professionals.