—World’s Largest Professional Travel Association to Convene in New York City for First Time Since 1955—

New York City (January 15, 2013) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is pleased to announce that Skål International, the world’s largest professional association of senior travel and tourism executives, will bring its 74th World Congress to New York City this fall.  The prestigious gathering will begin on Sept. 27, 2013, before embarking from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on a first-ever meeting at sea aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Glory.  The group consisting of 1,200 travel industry delegates—who hail from all around the globe—will conclude their annual event back in New York City on Oct. 5, offering attendees an opportunity for post-Congress meetings with NYC-based travel partners as well as tours of the destination.

“Tourism is a cornerstone of New York City’s economy—last year, the City welcomed a record 52 million visitors who spent nearly $37 billion. It is only fitting that New York City would serve as a backdrop for this year’s 74th annual Skål International World Congress—this prestigious travel association last convened in New York City in 1955 so it’s an honor to have them return to experience the nation’s number one big city tourism destination. To date, we’re pleased to announce that nearly 900 people have registered for the upcoming Skål International World Congress,” said NYC & Company’s CEO George Fertitta.

“The response from our global membership for the 2013 Skål International World Congress has been overwhelming—New York City, our 75th Anniversary and the sailing have created a perfect formula for success. Our dedicated volunteer committee has been working on this event since October 2011 when winning the 2013 bid at the congress in Turku, Finland,” said John J. Ruzich, OBE, Chairman of the Skål New York Host Committee." We thank NYC & Company for all their support to help us secure the 74th World Congress for New York City".

Skål International New York was the first chapter established in North America and will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary during the Congress. Many of the Club’s members will be providing Congress attendees incentives to visit their businesses and attractions while in the City as tourism is an important part of their annual revenue. Non-SKÅL companies who wish to reach this audience must first become a Club member.  Information on membership can be found at

Skål International last convened in the United States in 1994, when the group met in Los Angeles.

A special website,, has been created to present all of the Congress information to SKÅL members, and continual updates will be available on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the Skål World Congress, visit

For more information on visiting New York City, visit

For more information on the Carnival Glory, visit

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit

About SKÅL:
Skål is the only professional organization of tourism leaders around the world since 1934, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.

Skål International today has approximately 18,000 members in almost 450 Clubs throughout 85 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.


Contact: NYC & Company/ Chris Heywood 212-484-1270
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