Skål posthumously awards Malai Sakolviphak

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The Asia Area committee of Skål International, the world’s largest and oldest travel industry networking organisation, has recognised the outstanding achievements of the late Malai Sakolviphak.

At the 41st Skål Asia Congress, held in Penang, Malai Sakolviphak was named ‘Personality of the Year’. Delegates held a minute’s silence in memory of the travel industry legend regarded by many as the ‘Father of Skål’ in Thailand. The award was accepted by Skål Thailand President Andrew Wood and Skål Bangkok President Dale Lawrence.

Enrique Quesada, Dale Lawrence, Andrew Wood, Gerry Perez and Marco Battistotti present the ‘Personality of the Year’ ward posthumously in honor of Malai Sakolviphak. Enrique Quesada, Dale Lawrence, Andrew Wood, Gerry Perez and Marco Battistotti present the ‘Personality of the Year’ ward posthumously in honor of Malai Sakolviphak.

“Many moving and heartfelt tributes were paid by Skål members around the world when they heard of Khun Malai’s passing. This award is yet another fitting tribute to a travel industry professional, and a real gentleman, whose contribution to Skål will probably never be surpassed,” said Lawrence.

The presentation was made by Skål International world wide President Enrique Quesada, who was visiting Penang from Mexico; Asia Area President Gerry Perez, and Marco Battistotti – President of Skål International Penang.

Dale Lawrence (left) and Andrew Wood pose with the award. Dale Lawrence (left) and Andrew Wood pose with the award.