Skål International Bangkok Annual General Meeting 2023

Skål International Bangkok, a professional organisation of tourism leaders, held its Annual General Meeting on the 7th March 2023 at Le Meridien Bangkok.

The meeting was well attended. A quorum was established with more than 50% of its members in attendance; many also brought guests along.

The event was expertly choreographed by President James Thurlby who presented his President’s report and his detailed roadmap for the coming year. With the able assistance of club Treasurer John Neutze, they presented the financials of the club which showed the club was in good standing. John later presented the budget for the club and the fee structure. Both the President and Treasurer’s report were approved by the AGM attendees.

Next came the election of Board members. All board members were standing again for their second year of office, with one exception. Being a non-election year they have happily agreed to complete their 2-year term 2022-2024. 

The exception of the election was to formally ask for the AGM’s approval of President James’s invitation for Andrew J Wood to rejoin the Skål International Bangkok board, which was unanimously given. 

The existing board members were therefore joined by Andrew, who was appointed as the new Vice President 2. Wood, a 2 time past club president, brings with him 32 years of Skål International experience to the existing board members.

A prominent member of the club, Andrew is a well-respected member of the Bangkok business community and has been a Skål International member for three decades. His expertise in the hospitality and tourism industry will be a valuable addition to the committee.

"I am delighted to welcome Andrew back to the committee," said President James Thurlby. "Andrew has been an active member of the club for many years and his knowledge and experience in the hospitality and tourism industry will be pivotal in helping us to continue to promote global tourism and friendship".

The newly formed executive committee comprises of:

  • President: James Thurlby

  • Vice President 1: Marvin Bemand

  • Vice President 2: Andrew J Wood

  • Secretary: Michael Bamberg

  • Treasurer: John Neutze

  • Events: Pichai Visutriratana 

  • Young Skal: Dr Scott Smith

  • Public Relations: Kanokros Sakdanares 

  • Membership Director: TBA

  • Auditor: Tim Waterhouse

  • Past President: Andrew J Wood and Eric Hallin

Skål International Bangkok Executive Committee

The Skål International Bangkok Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the club, as well as managing its day-to-day operations. The Bangkok Club of Skål International was established in 1956 and has grown to become one of the most active and influential clubs in the region.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew J Wood said, "I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Vice President 2 of Skål International Bangkok. I look forward to working closely with the other board members to strengthen the club and to support President James and our members in these challenging times".

President James gave a big shout-out to all the Club’s sponsors; CoffeeWORKS, Move Ahead Media, Paulaner and Serenity Wines, whose support James said is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.

The meeting also provided networking opportunities prior and during the luncheon for members to discuss various issues affecting the tourism industry in Thailand today and beyond. The pandemic's impact on the industry was a key topic, and members exchanged ideas on how best to support each other during these difficult times.

The Skål International Bangkok AGM was followed by a delicious lunch, where members and guests had the opportunity to catch up.

The event was well received by all and many expressed their appreciation for the club’s efforts to bring the tourism industry together.

Skål International Bangkok President, James Thurlby said, "I am thrilled with the turnout at this year's AGM. Skål International Bangkok is committed to providing a platform for tourism leaders to come together, share ideas, and work towards a common goal. I am excited to see what the future holds and feel that 2023 is going to be watershed year".

Skål International is a global organisation that brings together tourism industry professionals to promote responsible tourism and enhance the industry's sustainability. The organisation has a presence in 86 countries in 308 clubs, with more than 12,200 members worldwide.

Skål International Bangkok is one of the most active clubs in the region, with a strong focus on community service and supporting local tourism initiatives. The club also hosts regular events, including networking opportunities, seminars, and attendamce at regional events and congresses. 

Skål International Bangkok will officially attend the Skål International Asia Congress, which will take place in Bali, Indonesia 1-4 June 2023. The congress is expected to attract more than 300-400 delegates from around the world and will provide an opportunity for tourism industry leaders to discuss key issues affecting the industry and share best practices.