At the World Annual SKÅL Congress, which is being held in Kenya this year, a great struggle is underway between our tourism representatives who are fighting to host this extremely important congress, which would bring to Kvarner in 2020 some of the most important and influential tourism professionals from all over the world. SKÅL International, is an international organization of tourism managers with about 15.000 members gathered in over 500 clubs around the world. SKÅL Club Kvarner, whose members are professionals in Kvarner tourism (hoteliers, agencies, tourist boards and others), submitted the candidacy of the cities of Rijeka and Opatija to the international SKÅL association for hosting the World SKÅL Congress in 2020.Director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, who is also the president of the SKÅL Club Kvarner dr.sc. Irena Peršić Živadinov stated that the candidacy for such an important world congress as the SKÅL International World Congress has a very large promotional force for the image of both Kvarner and the whole of Croatia. “It is expected that the congress in Kvarner could be attended by about 1.000 participants, including many owners of influential travel agencies and tour operators who would then have the opportunity to show the tourism potential of the region and thus more successfully in the future to offer our tourism facilities to their clients.”Points out Persic Zivadinov.After a long and demanding candidacy, Kvarner has entered the finals with the Swiss city of Lugano and the hosting of this important tourist congress will be decided at this year’s World SKÅL Congress in Mombasa. Both destinations have extensive presentations on the possibilities of hosting congresses as well as the attractiveness of destinations.Representatives of the Kvarner Tourist Board, the Rijeka Tourist Board, the Opatija Tourist Board, members of the SKÅL Kvarner Club and SKÅL International Croatia actively participated in the candidacy. The candidacy received the support of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the cities of Rijeka and Opatija, as well as many other partners. If a household is chosen, Opatija and Rijeka will host the world SKÅL congress entitled “SKÅL congress in the European Capital of Culture.