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Skal International President presides at the 42nd Skal Asia Congress

Skal International President presides at the 42nd Skal Asia Congress ( President Singh paid tribute to the Skal Club of Columbo, under the presidency of Keethi Jayaweera and his team.

Sri Lanka is no stranger to Skal Congresses, having hosted the 15th Skal Asia Congress in 1986 and the 23rd Skal Asia Congress in 1994. In between these two Asia Congresses, Sri Lanka also hosted the 51st Skal World Congress in 1990.

Skal Asia accounts for 12% of Skal International's worldwide membership of 18,000 members in 450 clubs in 85 countries.

President Singh in his opening remarks had the following comments: “I thank all of you who have made the effort to come and participate in this very important Skal Congress. I celebrate your dedication to the principals of Skal and to it's core values of friendship, amicab[ility], and doing business among friends. However, we must also keep in the forefront our vision to be ‘A Trusted Voice in Travel and Tourism,’ through meaningful participation in the world bodies of which we are a part. Also [through] our mission - which is ‘Through our leadership, professionalism, and friendship, work together to enhance our vision, maximizing networking opportunities, and develop a responsible tourism industry.’"

Protecting the environment and promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world are very important elements to ensuring the survival and growth of the industry into the future.

Mr. Singh finalized and said, “I know you all enjoy the camaraderie of your local clubs, in your own countries, but I am delighted that many of you are here at this congress to reach out and to enjoy the wider benefits of your Skal membership."

Asian President Gerry Perez in his last congress, prior to completing his term after four years at the helm, commented on behalf of the Board of Officers and the Organizing Committee, “Welcome to Sri Lanka and to the 42nd Skal Asia Congress. Our hosts have gone out of their way to make this a productive and memorable congress," he said.

Over 100 delegates are attending the Asia Congress from May 30 to June 2, 2013, including delegates from many of the 31 clubs that make up the Skal Asia area.

MEDIA CONTACT: Skal International, P.O. Box 466, 29620 Torremolinos, Spain, Tel: 34 95 238 9111, Fax: 34 95 237 0013, Skype: skalint, E-mail: , Web site:

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