It is an elaborate platform designed for like-minded professionals who want to participate in the progress of the travel industry. This event will act as a catalyst to initiate an exchange of views on the keys issues of the travel and tourism industry. It is designed to arrive at anticipating future growth of the industry by providing a bridge to connect today’s resources to tomorrow’s sustainability.
Speaking on occasion of the curtain raiser, Mr. Ayappa Somaiah, President, Skal Bangalore, said: “Having the Skal India Congress at the cities of Bengaluru and Mysore will add tremendous value to the state of Karnataka as India’s leading destination for heritage, wildlife and culture. The event will attract delegates from India and abroad and would market Karnataka Tourism’s finest products.”
Mr. BS Prashanth, President, Skal Mysore, added: “It is a wonderful opportunity for the travel-trade and Skal Club Mysore to welcome delegates and Skalleagues from all across India. Timed close to the Dasara celebrations, the royal city of Mysore will be in its festive best and will be an excellent opportunity for delegates to regale in the celebrations.”
This event when ably supported and promoted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka. Karnataka will be the first state of India to host this prestigious event in 2 of its prime cities, Mysuru and Bengaluru. Globally, it will be the first to set an example of 2 important cities coming together to demonstrate their strong commitment towards the travel and tourism industry.
AGENDA OF THE EVENT: The Congress promises to be an action-packed event with networking, business sessions, cultural vistas, and fellowship.
DAY 1: GALA OPENING OF SKAL INDIA CONGRESS AT MYSURU, October 4, 2023
The Congress will begin with a cultural extravaganza with the backdrop of Mysuru Palace where the colorful heritage and traditions of India will be showcased.
All the delegates will then be taken to the hotel on royal horse cart rides.
DAY 2: THE ROYAL EXPERIENCE, October 5, 2023
An oath taking ceremony of Skal International India will take place where all the club presidents of India with the National President of Skal International India will take the oath to stand in solidarity for the fraternity of the travel and tourism industry. A panel discussion of distinguished delegates will commence where the present-day pressing topics will be discussed. A guided tour will be conducted to uphold the “Unseen Mysuru,” the Mysuru that is still unknown to many, complimented by high tea and refreshments.
DAY 3: BANGALURU LIMITLESS, October 6, 2023
The entourage will reach the tech city of Bangaluru while witnessing the seamless communication of the new Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, the signature of a new surface transfer facility of India. Inauguration of B2B conventions will take place with exhibitions in an open platform for different state tourism bodies to showcase their travel products over high tea. Industry Award Night will then facilitate the achievers of different verticals.
DAY 4: CLOSING OF THE CONGRESS, October 7, 2023
The day will start with speeches and dialogues, along with panel discussions by industry experts. Skal India Congress will act as the agent-provocateur to identify present day pressing issues and find solutions from industry professionals and policymakers.
A post lunch session will have a renowned motivational speaker on the stage.
The convention will also honor Individuals among the Skal fraternity who have left their indelible mark on the industry in the past year at the Skal Awards.
CURTAIN RAISER: A curtain raiser of Skal India Congress was held at Mysuru on June 27, 2023, at Hotel Rio Meridian. The website and logo of Skal India Congress were launched. Dignitaries present at the event were Carl Vaz, President, Skal International India; Sudipta Deb, Chairman, Skal India Congress; Prashanth B S, President, Skal International Mysuru; and Ayappa Somaiah, President, Skal International Bengaluru.
Skal International, founded in 1932 in Paris, is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional, and international levels to “Do Business Among Friends.” Skal International today has approximately 17,000 members in 400 clubs throughout 90 countries. Most activities occur at the local level, moving up through national committees under the umbrella of Skal International, which is headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain. Skal International India represents the national chapter of this organization with over 1,700 members across 17 clubs in 16 cities of India.
SEEN IN IMAGE: Photograph L to R: Sk. Jayakumar – VP Skal International Mysuru, Sk Sudipta Deb – National Congress Chairman, Mr. Pratap Simha – Member of Parliament Mysuru & Kodagu, Mrs. Savitha – Joint Director Tourism, Karnataka Tourism, Sk Carl Vaz – President, Skal international India, Sk Ayappa Somaiah – President, Skal International Bangalore; image courtesy of Skal