Skål International Thailand National Executive
Board: (seated l-r) Anchalee Kalmapijit, (President-SI Chiang Mai and North
Thailand), Brian Sinclair Thompson, (President-SI Thailand), Blandine
Cressard, (President-SI Phuket), Naphat Nutsati, (Secretary-SI Chiang Mai
and North Thailand). Standing (l-r) Mohamad Jesr (VP-SI Chiang Mai and North
Thailand), Robert ‘Bob’ Lee, (Executive Secretary-SI Thailand), Justin
Strachan, (Secretary-SI Hua Hin & Cha Am), Malai Sakolviphak, (Treasurer-SI
Thailand), Thomas Hoehorn, (President-SI Hua Hin & Cha Am), Somsak
Kiratipanich, (Vice President-SI Thailand), Tom Aikins, (PR-SI Thailand),
Andrew J. Wood, (Skål International Councillor Thailand), Ingo G. Raeuber,
(President-SI Pattaya & East Thailand), Pratheep ‘Peter’ Malhotra, (VP-SI
Pattaya & East Thailand), Scott Michael Smith, (Director-Young Skål) and
Jorge De la Torre Koch, (Secretary-SI Phuket).
Skål Chiang Mai
& CMM reporters
Skål is a professional organisation 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 discuss and pursue topics of common interest.
Wood brought greetings from Skål International President Hulya Aslantas and
wished Skallegues, Happiness, Good Health, Friendship and Long Life.
The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an
educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and
friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål
Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first president, who is
considered the “Father of Skål”.
Skål International today has approximately 20,000 members in 480 clubs
throughout 89 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up
through national committees, under the umbrella of Skål International,
headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.
Lidell, GM of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi expounds on the finer
aspects of his magnificent hotel.
Skål International Thailand is represented by 6 clubs with a membership of
over 400 professionals in the travel and tourism or related businesses. They
are located in Bangkok, which is the oldest club, formed in 1956, Chiangmai
& North Thailand, Hua Hin & Cha Am, Koh Samui, Pattaya & East Thailand and
The Skål International Thailand Executive Board meets twice a year with all
the Skål Club presidents present, along with members of the Executive
Committee, to discuss plans for the year ahead and to provide leadership and
direction for the benefit of Thailand Skålleagues.
Sinclair Thompson presents the Award of Merit to David Thomas for his
dedication and hard work for the Skål movement.
On Saturday September 19, Skål International Chiang Mai and the North hosted
the Thailand National Executive Board mid-term meeting which was held at
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Hotel.
The Skål International Thailand Committee met in the afternoon at the Jum
Ngern Hall of the Dhara Dhevi hotel to discuss issues related to Skål
Thailand. The meeting was presided over by Skål International Thailand
president, Brian Sinclair Thompson and the host club president, Anchalee
The same evening the Chiangmai and North Thailand Club invited the
representatives of the various clubs along with their spouses and friends to
its monthly dinner gathering which was held at the fabulous Farang-Ses
restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.
The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi under the management of its new GM, Greg
Lidell and Savas Rattakunjara, resort manager organized a memorable dinner
for the executives and members of the Skål clubs of Thailand.
The evening was also attended by the “whose who” of Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai
Travel and Tourism industry and many beautiful people from these two
During the evening, Brian Sinclair Thompson, president of Skål International
Thailand presented an Award of Merit to David Thomas for his excellent work
and diligence in reviving the Skål International Chiangmai and North
In his address to Skålleagues Brian said, “Networking remains a key
ingredient to the relevance and successes of the Skål movement worldwide.
Add the potential of the Young Skål movement and the traditions of doing
business amongst friends in uncertain economic times and you have the key
reasons why SKAL is as vital today as it was when it was first founded.”
Andrew Wood, the international councillor, informed Skålleagues that Asian
Skålleagues meet regionally once a year at the Asian Area Congress and that
the next gathering will be held in Cebu, Philippines May 27-30, 2010.
The Association’s flagship event will be the 70th Skål World Congress which
will take place in Budapest, Hungary November 1-6, 2009.
For further details of Skål International Chiang Mai and North Thailand and
for membership enquiries please visit www.skalchiangmai.com. For details of
the Asian Area please visit www.skal-asia.org and