Former President, Skål International

Salih Çene was born in Istanbul in 1950 and is living in Antalya since 1983. He is married and has 3 children.

After completing his High School education at Kadıköy Maarif College, Mr. Çene’s plan was to study Architecture at a popular Academy in Istanbul. But, the circumstances have carried him to another field. As he has already been working in hotels since his High School years (started in1969) he was directed by the family to have his higher education in this field. Having at the time, no higher education in Hotel Management, he decided to continue his higher education in England. Thus, he did HND in Hotel and Catering Administration at Westminster Technical College/London. Throughout his education in England, he worked in various hotels and restaurants, part-time and full-time, almost in every department/section.

Following his higher education in 1977 he moved back to Turkey in 1978. In his 46-years-long business carrier he spent 36 years working as senior executive and consultant in Hotel sector. In 1983, Salih Cene moved from Istanbul to Antalya where he still lives and works. He was a chairman and founder member of many NGOs in tourism and hospitality industry. After becoming a member of Skål International in 1980, he held various national and international offices in this organization for 23 years.

In 2011 he was elected the Director of Skål International. Then in 2013 he was elected the Vice President and in October 2014 during the World Congress in Mexico City he is elected to the most honorable and prestigious office of Skål International to become the Skål World President. He will be leading this great organization in 2015 and shall pass his chain of office to the newly elected President at the next Congress in Mombasa/Kenya.

Furthermore, apart from writing many articles in several hospitality and tourism magazines and journals, Salih Cene has contributed to the Tourism Industry also as a specialist in Hotel sector, by lecturing at universities and educational seminars and by participating in tourism programs and panels of various radio and TV programs.He founded Elite Hotels Inc, a joint venture company, with a German Tour Operator (ATT) in 1990, giving Management services as well as consultancy for “pre-openings”, “new projects”, “reorganizational demands”, “auditing” in Turkey and Russia. He still serves in the sector as an executive consultant.

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