January'20 Executive Board Meeting in Christchurch

By Andrew J. Wood

President, Skål International Bangkok

Skål International recently held its first 2020 board meeting in New Zealand.

The three day meeting of the global Travel and Tourism association’s powerful Executive Board which steers the association’s future direction and decisions.

Led by incoming President Peter Morrison, during the meeting the board tackled a wide range of issues in relation to the management of the 15,000 strong member association ranging from digitalisation, membership growth, marketing, communications and finance, all under the 2020 Presidential theme of PEOPLE, PROSPERITY, PROGRESS

The meeting took place in Christchurch, which coincided with the local Skål International Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations. 

The presidential chain carried to New Zealand by CEO Daniela Otero was ceremoniously transferred to incoming President Peter by three past world presidents Tony Boyle AUS (2010-11), Phillip Sims NZ (2007-08) and Maxwell Kingston AUS (1991-92). 

The Executive Board were accommodated at The Classic Villa, the luxury boutique hotel in Christchurch, owned by President Peter and Jan Clarke. 

Peter and Jan were perfect hosts providing, not only warm Kiwi hospitality to the out-of-towners, but also to local Skålleagues who were thrilled to have Skål’s leading lights visit their hometown. 

While in Christchurch the Executive Board made a courtesy call on local mayor the Hon Lianne Dalziel where they were warmly received.