Skal-USA (SIUSA), a professional organization of tourism leaders, named Llana Y. Smith as its first ever Madam President. Founded in 1949, SIUSA is the U.S. affiliate of Skal International, an international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry.
“Since her induction into Skal International Memphis in 1994, Llana has worked her way up through Skal International USA committees, held positions in administration and has helped to grow the organization through her participation in most of the past Skal International World Congresses and NAASC Congresses since 2003,” said Mok Singh, Vice President–Skal International. “With her vision, work, and community service experience over the years, Llana is ideally qualified to manage and grow our organization in the USA," Singh added.
In 1999, Smith was chosen for “50 Women Who Make a Difference in Memphis.” Today, Smith is the owner and sole proprietor of Broadway Travel in West Memphis, Arkansas. She serves on the Board of College of Arts and Sciences for Mississippi State University and on the Mid South Community College Foundation Board.
“While we are still in difficult economic times, global travel seems to be on the rise again,” said Smith, “The members of SIUSA, are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the increased traffic. One of the strongest benefits of membership in our organization is members doing business with other Skal members. My focus is on making the Skal organization in the USA stronger with a dedicated membership development campaign, which I am excited to help lead in this coming year.”
Originally founded in Paris in 1934, Skal International today has approximately 20,000 members in 450 clubs throughout 85 nations and is headquartered in Torremolinos, Spain. SIUSA is made up of more than 2,500 travel industry professionals.