Welcome Message from the President
Dear Skalleagues and future Skalleagues,
On behalf of the entire Skal Phuket committee I would like to wish you and your loved one a very Happy and prosperous New Year.
In 2015, Thailand has seen a rebound of tourism after the 2014 political trouble and we can see a good occupancy for hotels in the region over the current high season. 2016 is looking promising for Phuket with the opening of the new airport terminal and increase of direct flight from the region. We are still having a huge traffic problem that hopefully will be solved with the road infrastructure happening everywhere on the island.
As always Skal International Phuket & South Thailand has been involved in many charity projects like never before and for this we want to thank you, our members for your generosity. On 24th October 2015 during our yearly Skal charity event at The Hilton Phuket Arcadia We/You raised Baht 500,000.- that will go towards 4 different associations helping children in needs in Phuket, but also to a project in the North-East of Thailand. Thank you to all the sponsors who helped us to make this event a success and our committee is already working on the 2016 charity gala dinner.
Also, we continue with the project started right after the 2004 tsunami to help 20 underprivileged children in Khao Lak and Phuket. You can see more information at the following link: http://skalphuket.org/charity.html
We currently stand at 72 international members (8 under process) and 12 associates. Our objective is to attract more members, but more importantly to make the current members active in the club by joining the different events throughout the year, to bring ideas & suggestions on how to improve the club for the benefits of our members and of course, continue doing business among friends.
We have almost all the venue confirm for our monthly dinner with some new exciting places. Of course, you are always welcome to recommend a hotel/restaurant who would be interested to host a Skal event.
We are proud to be part of the largest association of tourism professionals celebrating 82 years and uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Our industry employs millions of people around the world and we believe that we can contribute to peace and harmony. By working together, we can influence strategies in tourism & making sure that ethics and sustainability are well respected.
To all members and new ones, I am looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you to our next event. Don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at any event. Thank you
With my best Skål regards,
Claude Sauter, President
Skal International Phuket & South Thailand