The 69th Skål World Congress will commence in Taipei, Taiwan on 12 October 2007 with a spectacular Get-together party at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall which includes the Chiang Kai Shek Museum.
The official Opening Ceremony will be held at the Taipei International Congress and Convention Hall (TICC) The Opening Ceremony will include the parade of the flags of all the nations represented in Skål, the official speeches, the presentation of the Skål Club of the Year Award and the presentation of the 7th Ecotourism Awards. Click on the following hyperlink to see all the entries in the Ecotourism Awards: http://www.skal.org/pdf/ecotourism08_update.pdf
On Tuesday 14 October 2008 the General Assembly will be held which is the one occasion every year when all the Clubs have the chance to meet and discuss items of mutual interest and vote for the candidate for the coming year and select the venue for the Congress in 2010. During the General Assembly in Taipei the amendments to the Statutes will also be tabled. Clubs should ensure that these proposed amendments are discussed locally and the Club delegate instructed how to vote. Copies of these proposed amendments can be found at the following hyperlink: http://www.skal.org/pdf/ingles/modifications2008.pdf
Wednesday morning, 15 October 2008 the annual Tourism Forum will commence at 09.30 hours in the auditorium of the TICC. The speaker this year will be Bert Van Walbeek, Managing Director, The Winning Edge and his topic will be "Expect the Unexpected". Bert is an expert in crisis management and delivers his serious lectures in a not-so-serious and enjoyable manner. Not to be missed. Go to his website www.twe-winningedge.com
The Tourism Forum will be followed immediately by the Business to Business (B2B) workshop. This is the third year of the workshop which has gone from success to success. Meetings will last 15 minutes and no deadline has been put on the duration of the workshop which can continue after lunch if necessary. A special form has been designed http://skal.ctdli.net/des/bus2bus.php?idioma=I for you to give maximum information about your business. Please complete the form and submit the information which will be place on the website prior to the Congress. You can also find the list of those registered for the Congress by going to the following hyperlink: http://skal.ctdli.net/des/login.php?codentidad=1&destino=listpart&idioma=I and inserting your password. From this list you will be able to target specific members or businesses in advance.
The President's Gala Dinner will be held at the Sheraton Taipei Hotel in the evening of Wednesday 15 October 2008. Table reservations for this event are being sent with the congress registrations papers by e-mail.
A new feature this year is that non-delegates and accompany persons are able to select the excursions of their choice on line. A special form has been designed which is available at: http://www.skal.org/congresos/taipei2008/I/Excursions.pdf Please complete the form and submit it to reserve your tour.