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Skål Quality Tourism Award presented to Mr. Swarovski

Skål Quality Tourism Award presented to Mr. Swarovski ( Over 200 Skål members from 10 countries and 36 Clubs from around the world gathered in Innsbruck on 12 April 2008 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Skål International Tyrol and to attend the ceremony of the 2008 Skål Quality Tourism Awards presentation.

Gernot Langes-Swarovski the entrepreneur and co-owner of Swarowski Group, was presented with this year’s award for the outstanding project of “Crystal World”. Built next to the factory in Wattens, Austria, the Art of Crystal Fiction, is exposed in the underground chambers of wonder housing, a collection of fantastic installations and glittering works by various famous artists, built under the aegis of multi-media artist André Heller in 1995. The exhibition centre, has become a landmark in Austria’s tourism and attracts more than 600,000 visitors a year (

The award was presented to Mr Swarovski by the President of Skål International Austria, Mario Rehulka, International councillor Sylvia Liebisch, in the presence of the Lady Mayor of Innsbruck Hilde Zach and Skål International Vice President Hulya Aslantas and Director Lone Ricks.
President of Skål International Tyrol, Klaus Ledwinka was the host of the gala dinner organised on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.

Vice President of Skål International, Hulya Aslantas pointed out the importance Skål was attaching to quality in tourism and to supporting best practices for improving standards in the industry.

Lady Mayor Zach expressed her appreciation for Skål’s involvement in such projects and her gratitude for the well deserved award going to such an important person in the region. She wished continued success to the Skålleagues.

Skål, founded as an international association in 1934 is the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world, embracing all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, in five continents, 90 countries and at over 500 locations, with 22,000 members from hoteliers to travel agents, airlines, tourism media, tourism academicians.

Skål International is aiming at quality in tourism and values sustainable development in tourism as the key to the industry’s future success.

For any further information please contact: Skål International General Secretariat Edificio España Avenida Palma de Mallorca 15-1º 29620 Torremolinos - SPAIN Tel: +34 952 38 9111 e-mail:

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