Skal elects new president at World Congress

Attending the Canadian reception in Mexico City (from left to right): Frank Vismeg, former president, Skål Toronto North/Hamilton; Lloyd Beazley, former president, SICAN; Luce Gigere; Francois Rivest, Canadian Embassy in Mexico; Rolf Schwartje, president, SICAN; Jan Francois Cote, vice-president, Eastern Region, Canada; and William Rheaume, international councillor for Canada.

Attending the Canadian reception in Mexico City (from left to right): Frank Vismeg, former president, Skål Toronto North/Hamilton; Lloyd Beazley, former president, SICAN; Luce Gigere; Francois Rivest, Canadian Embassy in Mexico; Rolf Schwartje, president, SICAN; Jan Francois Cote, vice-president, Eastern Region, Canada; and William Rheaume, international councillor for Canada.

MEXICO CITY—Skal International elected a new president, Salih Cene, from Antalya, Turkey, during its World Congress held Oct. 24-30 in Mexico City. Cene replaces outgoing president Karine Coulanges.

Approximately 360 Skal delegates from around the world, including 23 from Canada, attended the congress, which was held at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers.

The agenda featured sessions on such topics as the future of tourism in Mexico and corporate social responsibility initiatives that counter the dark side of tourism.

Presentations updated Skal delegates on the organization’s ongoing initiatives, including Skal 2020; the Skal Young Ambassadors Program; the revised organizational statutes; a new framework for Skal international congresses and revision of the congress manual; and the ongoing development of the Young Skal Professionals/Future Leaders initiatives.