Breaking News from the SKAL Internàtional 74th World Congress General Assembly
The 74th Congress commenced on the 28th October from New York abode Carnival Glory. After a stop at Boston the cruise continued to Portland, Maine. Here the General Assembly was held on board and was attended by 203 Skål Club delegates. In all 54 countries have been represented and a total of 1070 members, spouses and guests are attending the congress.
Skal International President Mok Singh addressed the Congress, giving a complete update on his actions and achievements through. He emphasised how Skal was on track and is being recognised as a trusted voice in travel and tourism. Skal is an active member of IIPT setting up Peace villages around the World. On November 5th Skal International has been invited to participate at WTM in promoting Human rights in Tourism. Skal is truly engaged with UNWTO which it is very much part of.
The executive committee of Skål International have confirmed that the year 2013 has been a major year for Skål International with a complete revitalisation of the systems, concepts and services that Skål International will now be able to offer its members. It is going through a transformation from being a highly administrative organisation to one that is service and information driven association giving its members ready access to membership data and networking opportunity. This was well received by the members and everyone was highly appreciative for the vision, clear direction and hard work that the recently appointed Secretary General Bernard Wegscheider and his team, have achieved in this short time to give Skål a new and much needed lease of life.
The new Executive Committee that has been elected for 2014 is: President: Karine Coulanges (Paris)
Senior Vice President: Marianne Krohn (Hannover)
Junior Vice President: Salih Cene (Antalya)
Directors: Nigel Pilkington (Auckland), Lou Conkling (Louisville) and David Fisher (Nairobi)
Auditor: Frank Klare (Philadelphia)
Former President Jàn Sunde thanked the Skal International Executive Committee for having achieved so much and put Skål International back on track to be recognised as being a trusted voice for the Travel and Tourism Industry worldwide. In particular he complimented President Mok for having lead Skål International with true professionalism. Press Release.
African Hospitality Group Mangalis to Invest €315m Developing Hotels in Africa
Mangalis Management Group is the hospitality management arm of Inaugure Hospitality - group founded in 2011 by successful West African conglomerate Teyliom International. Teyliom International entered the African hospitality market in 2009, when it opened the Radisson Blu Dakar, a multi- award-winning property that demonstrated Teyliom's ability to build and oversee the management of a successful hotel. While Inaugure Hospitality Group is a forward-thinking investment group, Mangalis is its brands development and hotel management arm. In spite of the shadows cast by latest terrorist event in Nairobi, the Group re-confirmed its business strategy of investing €315m in Africa. The different phases of the project comprise constructing more than 2,200 rooms and suites spread between 15 properties in 13 African countries. In addition to constructing its own hotels to showcase their brands, by 2017, Mangalis objective is to be among the five largest hotels groups active in Africa reaching the 40+ properties milestone by management contracts, while being the industry undisputed benchmark in terms of products, innovation, quality of service and healthy growth. The top executives' team behind the project includes previous experience with Accor, Jumeirah, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and AC Hotels by Marriot. 15 Noom, Noom Résidences, Seen and Seen+ hotels are currently being constructed under the Group ownership in several main cities of Africa. Press release.
Oscar de la Renta Can Now Be Found at Every Peninsula Hotel
Oscar de la Renta has a thing for hotels. In fact, he has his very own one in the Dominican Republic. But now he's going to be a part of every Peninsula Hotel, thanks to his new toiletry line. "I am very happy to be able to bring some of my products to The Peninsula Hotels. The Peninsula represents a sense of excitement, beauty and magic like no one else in the world." said Oscar de la Renta. Created just for Peninsula Hotels, the Oscar de la Renta bath amenities include shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion, as well as soap in two sizes. We especially love the rose-shaped caps. More importantly, the toiletries feature a unisex fragrance developed by de la Renta himself in partnership with Firmenich and is described as a "citrus aromatic floral musk." Notes included are mandarin and bergamot, cardamom, freesia, jasmine, violet, and white and green tea. Source: Hotel Chatter