Skål International heading for a new era

With over 400 participants and 45 countries represented Skål International closed it 2022 World Congress and finalized elections for 2023 while also approving new governance model.

Skål International has closed closed its 2022 World Congress in Opatija, Croatia tonight on 17 October 2022 with a Gala Dinner held at the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Kvrner Opatija.

World President Burcin Turkkan welcomed over 400 Skålleagues and local authorities as she expressed with great satisfaction that “the tourism industry is coming back with robust enthusiasm” as the in-person gathering was held successfully after two years of travel restrictions.

2023 Leadership

Among the highlights announced by President Turkkan at the gala were the results of the elections held during the congress for the 2023 leadership team:

  • President Elect: Juan Steta from Mexico

  • Senior Vice President: Annette Cardenas from Panama

  • Vice President: Denise Scrafton from Australia

  • Director: Marja Eela-Kaskinen from Finland

  • Director: Andres Hayes from United States

  • Director: Mohan MSN from India

  • Auditor: Katica Hauptfeld from Croatia

  • Deputy Auditor: Denis Smith, from Canada

New Governance Plan

A new Governance Plan proposed for the organization also was approved which culminates successfully and paves the way to begin the transition to a new era for the largest tourism organization.

I want to be your transformational leader” were the words expressed by President Turkkan at the beginning of her mandate as she presented her plans for 2022.

After announcing the results, President Turkkan expressed this in a short message to the delegates: “The membership has spoken - Our members have again shown that they are ready for radical change to meet the new world. We are members of #thechangeables and we know that change is not a force to be feared but an apoortunity to be seized.

Our organization stands on the cusp of positive evolution and we are excited about the future of our organization as we know that highly successful people are willing to be uncomfortable in the interest of growth.

In response to JFK’s famous quote "if not us who, and if not now, when?", the membership gave the positive affirmation and spoke out loud saying it is us and it is now!

Our members have accepted that the future is now and the change is here.

Now more than ever it is time to unite, work together to use this change decision as an opportunity to revitalize our organization and make an open in public call for the next generation industry decision makers who are now already in the reigns, to join Skål International, embrace amical and work with us in shaping the next 90 years of our organization working together so we / Skål International can continue to lead as the largest travel and tourism association of the world.

Thank you for your confidence in our new Governance Proposal. I am looking forward to share a bright and exciting future with you all” ended Turkkan.