Skal Club Bangkok submitted a bid to host the popular annual event in the face of stiff competition from five other Skal clubs based in Hyderabad, Stavanger, Toronto, Miami and Copenhagen.
Hyderabad is also shortlisted and the final decision will be made in a secret ballot of all Skal voting members attending the 2015 World Congress in Torremolinos, Spain in late October.
Skal members in Bangkok believe that up to 1,000 delegates could be visiting Thailand for the 2017 World Congress if Bangkok wins the vote in Spain.
Skal International Bangkok President Dale Lawrence said, “The decision to shortlist Bangkok reinforces our belief that the city is a first class destination for business and leisure travellers and it is a timely confidence booster for all those working in Thailand’s tourism industry in the wake of the tragic event that took place on 18 August.
“Our bid to host the World Congress has enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the country’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and I have no doubt that she will welcome the news with great enthusiasm.”
The bid by Skal Bangkok is also supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.