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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

On June 13, 2022, Stanimir Stankov passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Knyazhevo.

Stanley, as he is well known to many in the Bulgarian hospitality and tourism industry, had a colorful professional career that lasted for more than 50 years. 

We remember well how he often quoted his first days as a bellboy in the resort of Albena where he started his path and developed his hospitality skills to serve customers, winkingly bringing back his memories, especially when the junior staff of today was not performing the way he imagined they should.   

New Otani, later Kempinski Zografski, and the opening of Sheraton Sofia in 1986 were pivotal milestones on his career path, acquainting him with the practices of international hospitality, the principles of honest people management and teaching him how to create professional visions.

In the 1990s, Stanley decided to step into the travel and tourism industry when he, together with his wife Svetlana, established Stanleycomforttravel, a fully licensed tour operator. Acting on the incoming and outgoing markets, he built profound relations with American partners when efficient airline ticketing wasn´t developed yet in his home country. He took politicians, community leaders and leisure travelers preferably to Nevada, where he enjoyed professional and personal relations to the highest governmental level. Since more than 10 years, Stanleycomforttravel is handling the hotel and transport logistics of the annual Eastern European Gaming Summit (Sofia), serving hundreds of international attendees every year.

Stanley served as Chapter President Bulgaria in the international travel industry association ASTA from 2002 to 2006 and represented his home country in various international ASTA conventions. He engaged himself voluntarily many times on the international stage of tourism conventions and trade shows, including in China. 

It was in the early 2000s, that his passion for the Bulgarian wellness and spa tourism evolved. He understood that this market segment would play a significant role in the future development of the country´s tourism. He created the National Association for Spa Tourism (NAST) through which he developed professional links to partners in Eastern Europe and beyond, preparing the base for the Balkan Spa summit. It was only recently that he became the official partner of the medical tourism platform bookingsmed.com, thanks to his engagement and reputation in this field. His wife Svetlana will continue the mission.

He was known to be a constructive critical member of the Council of Tourism in the Ministry.

In 2010, Stanley became one of the founding members of Skal International Sofia, taking on duties as a board member of this young local club of the international network of tourism professionals, dating back to 1934 (Paris). 

Even during the illness of recent months, Stanley never missed an opportunity to share his visions, not only for the business development but also for the evolution of the Bulgarian tourism industry. 

We dearly miss a reliable friend, and we shall fondly remember his wonderful contributions to our meetings. 

June 2022

Henning Krippendorff, President,

On behalf of the Executive Committee and members of Skal International Sofia


June 24th, 2022|

Skål International Europe – Euro Newsletter nº 01

Dear distinguished Skålleagues,
Skål International Europe
Area Committee is now reality.
Our process started in Paris in 2018, continued in Rome last year is now on the right track. Now we are official establish as an important area committee, counting more than 3700 active members.
A lot of energy and resources are involved in this moment to pass the starting period.
Please find bellow the message
from our President Eric Etienne:
Dear Skålleagues and friends,
I hope you enjoyed the summer, you had lots of activities, not only cancelling business. One thing we know is we are all getting expertise in this new virtual world. Tourism is a real industry, and we all need this world to come back to reality. The sooner will be the better.


October 15th, 2020|

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|

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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