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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

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|

Skal Apero at Hotel Budapest on Tuesday 29. October 6.30h pm.

Dear Skalleagues,

Although a very small turn out, we had great discussions at this months meeting.

-Skalleague Andrey Lilov was presented by his colleague Inna Petrova, Business Development of the Urbo App.
-Intensive “digital discussion” with Elly Stoilova, who is very busy and successful with her Chatbot which already has proven better guest services and direct bookings to both, tour operators and hotels. She has a new comfortable business model for hotels
-We decided to add sponsors to our website and invite further sponsors
We thank Alexandra Dimitrova, General Manager of Hotel Budapest, for her splendid hospitality and the work to prepare the apero, and we are sorry that many of the confirmed attendants couldn’t make it at the end.
– we shall try, in future, to use the Urbo App’s event management function for the closed address circle of SI Sofia to communicate upcoming events.
November 1st, 2019|

Introducing our Newest Member

We are proud to introduce our new member Elitza Stoilova

Elitza Stoilova is the Founder and CEO of creative chatbot agency Umni.co, automating the communication of the business with customers and other tasks in Facebook Messenger and on the business web site using chatbot technology. Umni assists customers from various industries – tourism, healthcare, public organisations, entertainment and other.

Elly is ex-hotelier with over 20 years of experience abroad in hospitality in Sales and Marketing, Operations as well as on the position of a General Manager of a hotel and a tour operator on the island of Saipan (Mariana Islands, Pacific Ocean), honoured with 2 Government awards by the Marianas Visitors Authority for being instrumental for developing Mariana islands destination throughout the years (2003-2016). She is a member of American Hotels & Lodging Association, Rotary Club, BBBA, BESCO and other professional and business organisations.

Link to website

August 5th, 2019|

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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