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SKAL Celebrates 75 years

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Founded by travel managers in Paris 75 years ago, Skål International today consists of more than 22,000 members in 500 clubs and more than 90 nations worldwide

Founded by travel managers in Paris 75 years ago, Skål International today consists of more than 22,000 members in 500 clubs and more than 90 nations worldwide
Skål International is a worldwide fraternity of travel professionals.

The celebrations started with a sumptuous gala dinner on April 27, 2009 in the Galerie des Fêtes in the French National Assembly under the auspices of M. Bernard Accoyer, President of the parliament, and Mr. Ertugrul Gunay, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, who sponsored the dinner and the publication of a book illustrating the history of Skål over the last 75 years.

In addition to Skål members and special guests from other international organizations, the gala dinner was also attended by M. Henri Novelli, Secretary of State in charge of tourism, French Government; the Presidents of French/Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Mr. Michel Diffenbacher and Mr. Yasar Yakis; Mr.Thierry Baudier, Director General, Maison de la France; the Commercial Director of Air France Mr. Christian Boireau; and a large number of honorary and past presidents of Skål International.

The celebrations continued on “World Skål Day” on April 28, 2009 with a visit to Pere Lechaise cemetery, where a wreath was laid at the tomb of Florimond Volckaert, founder president of the organization and considered the father of Skål.

A networking luncheon followed on board the Bateaux Parisiens attended by more than 250 members worldwide.

A special plaque was unveiled by the president of Skål International Hulya Aslantas at the Hotel Scribe to commemorate the 75th anniversary. The first meeting of Skål was held in Hotel Scribe in April 1934, and this is already marked by a plaque unveiled in 1954 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary.

n her address, the president of Skål International Hulya Aslantas said, “It is indeed a great pride and honor for me to be the president of the Skal World in such a milestone year.”

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