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Skål International

A Trip to Sweden Shortly after the inauguration of the first joint Swedish and French air service between Stockholm and Paris in 1932, a group of travel people from the French capital were invited to make an exploratory flight over…

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Skål Sofia

Skål International Sofia   One of the youngest clubs world wide, being founded in 2010. It is a twin club with Skål International Bucharest, and it maintains very friendly relations with those tourism professionals who work on the re-building of Skål

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Executive Committee

Henning Krippendorff
Henning KrippendorffPresident
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Yanko Krastev
Yanko KrastevVice President
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Stanimir Stankov
Stanimir StankovTreasurer
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Murat Can Kinay
Murat Can KinayMembership Development
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Andrea Kaiser
Andrea KaiserGeneral Secretary
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James Moseley
James MoseleyWeb/Media
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Skål News

Partnership with Choice Hotels

Dear Skålleagues,
We are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement between Skål International and Choice Hotels, as a great new benefit for all Skålleagues!
The deal, which has just been approved by the Skål International Executive Committee, was recently signed and it is as follows:
Choice Hotels will offer up to 25% off the lowest published rate.
No limits on number of nights. Actually the more nights we supply the better the discount!
Valid for over 7000 hotels worldwide.
Skål International will be provided with a unique client ID.
The members will have the option to book through:
  • The 800 assigned reservation number or
  • Via Choice Hotels App or
  • Via this dedicated booking URL taking the members right to the discount page with no client ID required.
More information and details, here:
Our appreciation to Jean-François Côté, International Skål Councillor for Canada for this opportunity to partner with Choice Hotels.
It is possible to promote
your companies and at the same time offer benefits to your partners.
Here is a great example
of win-win!
Remember you can find this and other discounts on our platform in the Membership Benefits area. Enjoy them as a partner and don’t forget that you can also include the promotion of your company.
Best Regards,
Daniela Otero
CEO Skål International
August 21st, 2020|

Dear Skålleague,
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Skål International Europe Area Committee has been formed as an official structure of the organisation as of 14 July 2020.
All Skål International countries and Affiliated Skål International Clubs within Europe were invited to join the Skål International Europe Area Committee and the following is the list of the Skål International countries and Affiliated Skål International Clubs that have joined at the formation phase:
Linz, Salzburg, Salzkammergut, Tyrol, Wien, Zell am See.
Bruxelles, Liege.
Dubrovnik, Kvarner, Split-Dalmatia, Zagreb.
Helsinki, Turku.
Côte d’Azur, Paris, Var Provence.
Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bodensee, Bonn, Bremen, Chemnitz, Darmstadt-Südhessen, Düsseldorf, Erfurt-Weimar, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg im Breisgau, Freudenstadt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Hamburg, Hannover, Insel Usedom, Köln, München, Nürnberg, Stuttgart.
Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry.
Alto Adige-Südtirol, Firenze e Toscana, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Palermo, Pompei -Ercolano Stabie, Roma, Sanremo e Riviera dei Fiori, Venezia.
Amsterdam-Haarlem, Limburg.
Bergen, Oslo.
St. Petersburg.
Barcelona, Cádiz, Girona, Granada, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Madrid, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Marbella, Sevilla, Tenerife.
Bern, Berner Oberland, Engadine, Fribourg, Geneve, Grisons, Lausanne, Locarno, Lucerne et Suisse Centrale, Lugano, Montreux Vevey, St. Gallen, Zürich.
Brighton Sussex & The Channel, Cambridge and East Anglia, London, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Southampton.
Any Skål International country or Affiliated Skål International Club that has not joined yet, is more than welcome to do it at any time by contacting the Area Committee Secretary Florin Tancu.
The following is the composition of the Founding Executive Board:
  • President: Eric Etienne (UK).
  • Vice President: Armando Ballarin (Italy).
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Florin Tancu (Romania).
  • International Councillor: Karine Coulanges (France).
The first face to face meeting of the newly formed Area Committee will be held in spring 2021.
The Skål International Europe Area Committee and Affiliated Club Presidents will soon be invited to attend a Zoom meeting to establish working committees.
Best regards,
General Secretariat
Skål International
July 21st, 2020|

Webinar UNWTO Covid-19 Response

Dear Skål Sofia members,

Skål International is launching its Webinar program with the participation of experts and senior leaders from the Travel and Tourism industry.
The first event is scheduled for Tuesday 12 May, welcoming Mr. Manuel Butler Halter, Executive Director of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), as the first guest speaker with a presentation on the UNWTO response to COVID-19 and future perspectives in the Tourism industry.

Please, register on Zoom to join this session.

You may submit questions for the Q&A session already upon registration.

We hope to see many of you joining the event!

May 11th, 2020|
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Young Skål

Skål International cares about young professionals and students in tourism. In 1999, Young Skål was set up with the aim of creating a greater awareness of Skål International by those young people studying for or training in the various sectors of the travel and tourism industry, enabling them to join Skål.

  • Are you between 18 and 26?

  • Do you work in the hospitality industry?

  • Are you looking to enhance your potential?

The main idea constituting Young Skål is to attract young professionals to the organization and to turn them into active Skal members, once they reach the necessary qualification. The continuity of the movement can be secured by constantly recruiting new members. The members of Young Skål have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities, both in the hospitality industry and in related fields, such as culture, sports or PR. They will therefore have the possibilty of meeting Skål members and interact with them, voluntarily contributing to the general success of the organization. The young participants enjoy the support of the local Skål Club for social activities and for increasing professional experience, having at the same time the opportunity of connecting to an international network of professionals in the field.

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