Hyderabad, India is the host of 78th World Congress, 2017

Foreign tourists inflo into the city and state is currently at 2.5 lakh per annum and we aim to take it to 10 lakh by the year 2020. Tourism events like SKAL Congress help to showcase Hyderabad and the Telangana to the rest of the world: B. Venkatesham.

9 Indian Cities will twin with 12 cities US as this is the Indo-US Tourism Year, informed Vijay Mohan Raj, the host of the SKAL Meet and the President of SKAL Hyderabad Chapter.

Hyderabad, September 11, 2017... Hyderabad, India is the proud host of 78th World Congress, 2017 to be held at HICC from 5-9th October 2017. SKAL is the world’s largest Travel Organization of Travel and Tourism Professionals founded in 1934. It is the only international group uniting all sectors of the travel and tourism. Telangana State Government is proud partner of this conferernce, informed B. Venkatesham, Secretary Tourism, Govt of Telangana while addressing a press conference here in Secretariat today along with Tourism and SKAL officials, Sunita M.Bhagwat, Commissioner of Tourism; Smt. Dr Christina Z.Chongthu, Managing Director, Telangana State Tourism; Vijay Mohan Raj, the host and the President of Skal Hyderabad Chapter; Raveesh, Dhave; Secretary of SKAL, Ajay Ramadugu; VP of SKAl and Sanchari Chowdhury, Anand Kulkarni and Hari Krishna Valmiki  members of the SKAl.

The SKAL Congress is organised second time in India at Hyderabad from Otober 6 to 9 in parternship with Department of Tourism, Govt of Telangana and Minsitry of Tourism, Government of India. 

The conference will held at the state-of-the-art convention center-HICC in Madhapur. 

Skal is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. SKAL is not an abbreviation. SKAL in Spanish means Cheer. 

The SKAL Congress is an excellent opportunity to showcase Hyderabad and other tourism important places in the state as the Destinations for the Tourists from across the world informed B. Venkatesham.

Currently 2.5 lakh foreign tourists arrive in the city and state every year. And we must take this number of 10 lakh by the year 2020. If we have to achieve that number we need to work towards the same. And the Congress offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the various tourist destinations in the state and tourism products, he informed.

The Who is who of the tourism industry of the world will be in the city. We must make use of its.  This conference is coming to India after the gap of 14years. The earlier conference was held in Chennai in the year 2003.  SKAL Hyderabad Chapter bagged the opportunity to host this prestigious conference against the stiff competition from Toronto, Copenhagen, Stavanger, Miami and Bangkok.  Hyderabad won the bid by a whopping 136 votes as compared to its competitors to host this global meet in the Tourism Industry, informed B Venkatesham. 

800 to 1000 delegates from 85 countries will participate in the congress informed B.Venkatesham.  And added that the Telangana Government is committed for SKAL Congress.

Addressingthe media Vijay Mohan Raj, the host and the President of SKAL Hyderabad,said  the 78th Skal International Congress, is goingto the significant milestone, which the youngest State of India, Telangana willbe the proud host in October for five days.  The Congress will beformally kicked off on 6th October 

A topmanagement specialist in India Prof. Himanshu Rai will be the celebrity speakerat the inaugural function.  Another celebrity speaker Amitabh Kant, arenowned Travel Industry leader in specializing in Brand Management, TourismSecretary, Govt of India will grace the inaugural. 

All arms ofthe Tourism industry represent in SKAL. And it is a 80 plus years oldbody.  It will be a game changer for Tourism Industry in India andHyderabad, said Vijay.  70 to 80 top Tourism professionals includingTourism Minister from Kenya will participate along with a delegation.

It isIndo-US Tourism Year.  During the congress 9 indian cities will entertwinning agreement with 12 cities USA, informed Vijay.  The TwinningCeremony will take place during the Congress with great celebration as this isthe Indo US Tourism year. We are expecting large representation from each ofthe cities added Vijay Mohan Raj.  Consul General Katherine B. Hadda, Consulate General of theUnited States, Hyderabad will lead the US Delegation, he informed.

Twinning isthe tie up that will facilitate exchange of members program and encouragecultural programs , tourism between two cities added Vijay.

Addressing the gathering, Sunita M.Bhagwat, Commissioner of Tourism saidwe will showcase all our destinations including Hyderabad and Warangal asHeritage Cities. We will have a huge stall promoting various destinations inthe state.  We will also organise cultural programs.  Asthis is a very important event, we will host state dinner as the governmentfirmly believes that in Athithi Devobhava”, she informed.

Speaking further Sunitha added that they would showcase TelanganaCuisine—Biryani, Kebabs, Double Ka Metha etc and others.

Dr Christina Z.Chongthu said Skal World Congress is the quiteprestigious global meet in Tourism Industry to be held in the city.

Thedelegates besides customary and traditional hospitality will be provided anopportunity to explore local cuisine—“Dine Around”, where the top restaurant inHyderabad will host them.  It will showcase opulent ambiance of thetop restaurants in the city and will add the splendor that these fine diningestablishments offer to ensure a most excellent evening. The restaurants chosenwill have outstanding Nizami, Authentic Indian and International cuisine suchas Chinese, Asian, Mexican, Italian which will be truly delectable to anypalate.  The delegates can select the restaurant of their choicearound the city. 

800 to 1000who’s’-who of Tourism world from 85 countries. These Countries include:Andorra, Australia,   Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas,Belgium,   Bermuda,    Bulgaria,  Canada,   Croatia,   CzechRepublic, Spain, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece,  Hungary,Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Mexico,Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Red SeaBay, Romania, South Africa,Switzerland,  Turkey,  Uganda,  UK,  USA,  Vanuatu,  Zimbabwe,  Denmark,Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador,Guatemala,  Honduras, Panama, Venezuela, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China,Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau,Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile. 

As the onlyinternational group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry,Skal International promotes global tourism and friendship.  Itsmembers, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national,regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of commoninterest. 

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