The 11th Annual Skålite “Quality in Tourism” Awards were presented by the President of Skål International Istanbul, Kemal Ozyigit in the presence of the Deputy Governor of Istanbul, Director of Promotions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, along with several other prominent guests and Skål members from all over Turkey on October 26, 2008 at the Gala Dinner held at the Hilton Convention Centre.
Skål International Istanbul, founded in 1956, is the largest Skål Club in the world with nearly 300 members. The first Quality Awards, known locally as the SKALITE “Quality in Tourism” Awards, were presented in Istanbul in 1998 and served as a model for the Quality Awards manual now applicable worldwide by other clubs. The purpose is to set examples for leaders of the tourism sector, highlighting quality as a management philosophy. At the same time, they serve to reward outstanding people, associations, and organizations that endeavor to raise quality standards in the industry.
Skål, founded as an international association in 1934, is the largest organization of travel and tourism professionals in the world, embracing all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, in five continents, 90 countries, and at over 500 locations, with 20,000 members from hoteliers to travel agents, airlines, tourism media, tourism academies, etc.
In the 11th year of the awards, Skål members in Turkey voted electronically for the various nominees in 15 categories, which were also determined electronically by a public “online tourism” news channel.
Mrs. Hulya Aslantas, member of Skål International Istanbul, was awarded with the special award for her continued commitment to the Skål movement and the honor brought to the club by her election as world president.
Along with several other prominent companies, Johnson Diversey and Evian continued to sponsor the event.
The winners were announced as follows:
CITY HOTEL: ÇIRAĞAN PALACE HOTEL KEMPINSKI
RESORT HOTEL: HILLSIDE BEACH CLUB
TRAVEL AGENT: SETUR
CONGRESS TOURISM: LÜTFİ KIRDAR CONGRESS CENTRE
TRANSPORT: TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI
AIRPORT MANAGEMENT: TAV ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT
MARINA: D MARIN-BODRUM TURGUTREİS
PROTECTION OF CULTURAL VALUES: SUNA & İNAN KIRAÇ FOUNDATION
TOURISM TRAINING: BILKENT UNİVERSİTY, TOURISM AND HOTEL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
PRESS: HÜRRİYET DAILY – TRAVEL SECTION
BEST SERVICE FOR FOOD/BEVERAGE/CATERING FOR TOURISM: FERİYE RESTAURANT
SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION: TURKISH FOOTBALL NATIONAL TEAM (EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP)
ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS: ANTALYA ALTIN PORTAKAL FILM FESTIVAL
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT: TEMA VAKFI
JOHNSON DIVERSEY HYGIENE AWARD: TURKEY ACCOR HOTELS
SKAL 2008 SPECIAL AWARD: SKAL WORLD PRESIDENT HULYA ASLANTAS