The Skål International USA concludes 2018 well

Published on : Monday, January 7, 2019

Burcin Turkkan, the Outgoing Skål International USA President, a member of the Skål Club of Atlanta, is observing one of the most dynamic years in the recent history of the organization and its national committee.


“In 2018,” Turkkan noted, “we added clubs in Sarasota, FL (aka SI Southwest Florida), Phoenix, AZ (aka SI Valley of the Sun) and Fresno, CA (aka SI Central California), which is the first time we have three new clubs in many years.” Skål USA is working on starting two more new Clubs in Savannah, GA and Lexington, KY.


“Additionally, it was an exceptionally fruitful year in terms of creating visibility and relevance for Skål USA through our participation on supporting national tourism issues as part of Destination Capitol Hill and advocating improved transportation infrastructure, continued funding for America’s marketing arm–Brand USA, improvements at our national parks, and easier access to visas for international tourists.  As a personal participant in these efforts, it was thrilling to walk the halls of Congress and getting to meet our national legislators, like Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.”


“This participation has enhanced our national relationships with such organizations as US Travel, the National Tour Association, the American Bus Association, Destination International, and the United States Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office,” Turkkan said.


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