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SKAL Helps Pam-hit Vanuatu

Fijian members of SKAL have reached out to help the people of Vanuatu recover from devastating Cyclone Pam. They are working with SKAL members in Vanuatu to make sure the
18 Apr 2015 08:27
SKAL Helps Pam-hit Vanuatu
Fijian members of SKAL went into action to make assistance available to the people of Vanuatu.

Fijian members of SKAL have reached out to help the people of Vanuatu recover from devastating Cyclone Pam.

They are working with SKAL members in Vanuatu to make sure the help reaches those who need it.

SKAL is a professional organisation and is the only tourism international organisation that unites all branches of the tourism industry. Typically, SKAL has members involved in airline, hotel and resorts, transport, tours, tourism experience operators, hire cars, island s cruises and many other aspects of the industry that provides the infrastructure on which the tourism industry is built.

The members of SKAL are leaders involved in the industry and the current membership is in excess of 17,000 who are active members of the clubs in over 400 countries.

SKAL International has been in operation in Fiji since 1983 and has counted as members in that time almost all the senior tourism professionals, as some say “from the famous to the infamous”.

The purpose of the organisation is to provide a platform for people in the tourism industry in each country to get together and discuss issues of common interest, but it also provides a great vehicle for industry networking.

There is also a strong social side to the organization, which as well as regular meetings, also organises events where members can bring friends in the industry and build an even greater network.

Almost all the events have an element of fund raising for worthy causes.

 

Assistance for Vanuatu

With the devastation caused in Vanuatu by tropical cyclone Pam, SKAL clubs in the Pacific went into action to make assistance available to the people of Vanuatu.

The delivery of the assistance was handled through the SKAL Club of Vanuatu and at an early stage their Fiji counterpart contacted them to see what the most pressing needs were and how they could assist.

The most needed items were identified as basic products, mainly food, water and hygiene materials, clothing and baby needs.

At the end of March, the Club held a fundraising event at the New Farmers Club in Nadi.

This was hailed as a great success and just over $17,000 was raised directly from the members and their friends who attended.

A large Kathmandu tent was also donated and this is already on the ground in Vanuatu, being transported earlier from Fiji through the help of a local airline.

Debra Sadranu, the President of SKAL International, said: “SKAL is working with our counterpart in Vanuatu to ensure all the items needed on the ground are purchased and delivered to the needy quickly.

“The organisation is grateful for all the support it has received from the members as well as those who donated items for the auction, which was the main means of raising funds.”

SKAL in Fiji is a very energetic and active organisation whose aim is to promote global tourism and friendship amongst the people involved in the industry.

The Club is also proud of the amount of charity work they do in each of the many regions they operate as they believe that the people of each country are a very important of any national tourism industry.

– John Ross is a Nadi-based marketing and advertising specialist with a long background in tourism.

 

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