The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria, in cooperation with London based ITIC , gathered international tourism professionals and Ministers of Tourism, amongst them Ministers from Egypt, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Albania, for the “Investing in Tourism Sustainability” conference in Sunny Beach on May 30-31. Participants were hosted at the Helena Resort and the Riu Helios Hotel.

Past Skål International World President (2017/18) Susanna Saari made the long jump from Turku (Finland) since she participated as an invited panellist and moderator.

Susanna enjoyed meeting Skålleagues in Sofia on 29th May, at the Intercontinental Hotel Sofia. Thank you, Angelo, for the perfect service and attention. Susanna was accommodated in Hotel Budapest, invited by General Manager and fellow Skålleague Alexandra Dimitrova.

The following morning, a small Skål delegation including Andrea, Stanley, and Henning took off for a short road trip with Susanna, including a detour to Ravadinovo castle. We met George and Yanko who welcomed us with great hospitality at the castle.

The BBC scheduled Susanna for an interview the same afternoon to learn about her views on sustainable tourism.

During the gala dinner which followed the conference, Susanna proudly handed her President’s flag to Min. Nikolina Angelkova, in the presence of Skål members from 7 different clubs.