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Membership Criteria- Travel Agents and Tour Operators

TRAVEL AGENTS AND TOUR OPERATORS

7.1. Travel Agents (Retail and Corporate)

In order that persons working for these establishments qualify, the establishments must:

(a) fulfil the administrative requirements of the country in the travel agent category, if this exists, permitting them to organise tourist services which facilitate and promote travel.

(b) hold an I.A.T.A. licence and/or form part of a national or international association of travel agents.

(c) The agent should be directly involved in the sales, marketing or promotion of travel, accommodation and tourism services.

7.2. Tours Operators (Inbound or Outbound)

In order that persons working for these establishments qualify, these establishments must:

(a) fulfil the administrative requirements of the country in the tour operator category, if this exists, permitting them to prepare, elaborate and organise all tourist products.

(b) have their own commercial office open to the public that is completely independent of any other activity and that this office is solely dedicated to the activity of tour operations

(c) have at least two, full-time employees who are directly involved in the sales, marketing or promotion of the services of the tour operator

N.B. The tour operators which distribute their products directly to the public and thus act as travel agents at the same time must meet the requirements set out under travel agents.

7.3 Travel Brokers

Travel brokers must be contracted to a recognised IATA registered organisation/wholesaler/consolidator/inbound or outbound tour operator.

Active members

Active membership in Skål is limited to those persons holding managerial positions in the travel and tourism industry, or positions considered equivalent by Skål International. The equivalent positions are specified in the Membership Classifications in this Article. Active Members must work full-time in their position, be directly involved in management, sales, marketing or promotion work, or be engaged in work defined in the Membership Classifications for the equivalent managerial positions and have a minimum of three years experience in the travel and tourism industry. This experience need not be in a managerial position. The Executive Committee of Skål International may, at its discretion, accept senior management of companies or entities with less than the three years experience. Such dispensation will not be given, however, if the translation of the person’s title on the Proposal Form is in question.

All persons proposed for Active membership must comply with the requirements above and must hold one of the following positions in companies or organisations directly related with tourism and travel:

01: President/Chairman/Owner/Chief Executive Officer

02: Vice President/Managing Director/Director General/General Manager

03: Assistant or Deputy Managing Director, Director General or General Manager

04: Director : Sales, Marketing, Publicity, Public and Guest Relations, Revenue, etc.

05: Assistant or Deputy Director: Sales, Marketing, Publicity, Public and Guest Relations, Revenue, etc.

06: Manager: Sales, Marketing, Publicity, Public and Guest Relations, Revenue, etc.

07: Assistant or Deputy Manager: Sales, Marketing, Publicity, Public and Guest Relations, Revenue, etc.

08: General Sales Agent or representative of these companies

09: Persons holding a position or responsibility for controlling or supervising staff or a range of services within the company.