Posted February 21, 2015 by Aviation, Tourism and Conservation news 

In just a short eight months will the first ever Skal International Congress be in full swing, held ‘On The Beach’ north of the port city of Mombasa. The headquarter hotel, the Sarova Whitesands Resort & Spa – the largest resort on the North Coast – will host the Executive Committee of Skal and those early birds who manage to book themselves into it, now that cost details are available on the recently launched congress website http://www.skalkenyacongress2015.travel/
National airline Kenya Airways has offered all congress participants, not just delegates or Skal members as is often the case, AD 75 rebated tickets from across their entire network, which reaches Europe, the Middle East, India, Thailand and China, with more destinations being launched between now and the congress. Qatar Airways meanwhile has offered a 25 percent rebate on most of their fare categories from across their global network and flies double daily from Doha to Nairobi. Passengers destined for Mombasa can take advantage of the AD 75 fares on Kenya Airways or else book their tickets to the coast on any of the other airlines flying on the route, which includes KQ’s low cost subsidiary Jambojet.
The organizing committee, led by Skal Past International President Tony Clegg-Butt, has launched a range of pre and post congress tours into Kenya’s famous game parks while stressing that the cost to participate has not been so low in many many years, with 5 night packages starting as low as US Dollars 1.272 per person in a twin room, or US Dollars 1.375 per person in a single room, using such reputable resorts as the Severin Sea Lodge, the Travellers Beach and the Bahari Beach among others. Superior accommodation packages, where conference participants can stay in such 5 star hotels like the Whitesands itself or the Mombasa Serena Resort & Spa, cost only US Dollars 1.520 per person in a twin room or US Dollars 1.703 per person in a single room respectively, substantially lower compared to the cost of attending more recent congresses elsewhere.

Combined with the AD 75 offer by Kenya Airways and the rebate on the table from Qatar Airways will the overall cost of attending, air fare included, be at an unprecedented low but without any compromise on the level of services attendees can expect to get in their host hotels. All hotels and the congress venue will enjoy Free WiFi coverage, adding yet more value to the package.
More information can also be accessed by regular visits to the Facebook Page of the Mombasa Congress, which is just a click away: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skal-76th-World-Congress-Mombasa-Kenya-2015/993865123964185
Travel to Kenya, contrary to published anti-travel advisories put in place under an altogether different agenda by some Western countries, is generally considered safe and unproblematic for visitors. This correspondent is a frequent visitor to Kenya and can from own experience vouch that SKAL members signing up for the ‘Congress on the Beach’ will be having one of the best experiences of attending an international congress.
Visa for most nationalities are available on arrival either in Mombasa by those arriving on direct flights or else in Nairobi, where, when coming in on international flights passengers have to clear immigration and customs. At both airports will meet and greet teams from Skal Kenya be on site to assist delegates and congress participants.



Nov 01, 2013

ORLANDO, Florida – Skal International Orlando has partnered with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management to offer a distinctive level of membership to students aspiring to work in the travel and tourism industry. Seven Young Skal Members were inducted this year into Skal International Orlando, one of nine Skal Clubs in the United States with a Young Skal Program providing industry networking and mentoring.

Skal International Orlando’s Young Skal Program identifies highly accomplished students enrolled at UCF Rosen College who go through an interview and selection process with Skal Member Dr. Wilfried Iskat, Hospitality Administrator with the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Skal International Orlando President Scott Tripoli and select board members.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our club to share our experiences with these student members and for them to energize our club,” said Scott Tripoli, President of Skal International Orlando. “I review quality candidates who I would hire myself. We are looking for the next generation of leadership for our club and for our industry,” added. Dr. Iskat.

Aaron Rask and Ana Maria Soto are two of seven Young Skal Members with Skal International Orlando who are reaping the benefits of membership and career preparation. “I love hearing the success stories and experiences of our seasoned members at the monthly meetings,” said Rask, a native of Minneapolis in the Army Reserves, who will be graduating from the UCF Master’s Program of Hospitality Management in December 2013. “What better platform to meet future employers and also have the opportunity to contribute creative new ideas and new strategies.” Rask is interested in global career options, perhaps in Germany, and aspires to work in front desk operations for a large hotel company.

Soto, a native of Bogota, Colombia who will graduate from UCF Rosen College in the summer of 2014, will further her hospitality studies in Vienna in 2014. “I love the fact that Skal in an international organization and is far reaching in what it has to offer. I have gained much advice and insight,” she said. “It’s also valuable to bring a new way of thinking to the club, as a Young Skal Member.” Soto wants to work in the lodging or cruise industry.

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers. From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

Skal International Orlando was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007. For more information, go towww.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at dennis.bement@icloud.com.



It's official! The 2013 World Congress, hosted by SKÅL International New York, will be the first in SKÅL International's history to be held at sea! We'll be sailing on Carnival Cruise Lines ship, Glory from the Big Apple to ports-of-call in New England and Canada, September 28 — October 5, 2013. Enjoy seven days of meeting and mingling with Skålleagues from around the world, with fine dining and excursions at each port.


Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to grow your travel business. New York is home to the largest travel and hospitality companies in the world, including top hotels, tour operators, attractions, airlines, transportation companies, travel agencies, travel technology companies, travel associations, travel press and more. 

The World Congress is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a cruise and explore New York City and the New York State Region with optional pre-post tours or on your own. Make it a vacation with a loved one who will enjoy all the ships amenities, activities, and meal functions. You'll find that two can cruise for a little more than the cost of one. Consider coming early or staying a little longer! In the spirit of doing business with friends, we've worked with local SKÅL clubs to bring you travel specials throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.


Cabins are on sale through this site and space on the Carnival Glory is limited. Follow all updates, offers and cabin availability, or just let everyone know you'll be there on the 2013 SKÅL World Congress Facebook Group

We look forward to welcoming you to New York!



Over 1200 travel and tourism executives from around the world will gather to to do business, explore the city and enjoy a seven-day Carnival Cruise 

(New York, New York October 15, 2012) SKÅL International, the world’s largest professional association of senior travel and tourism executives, announced that its 2013 World Congress will be hosted by the New York City SKAL Chapter, September 28 to October 5.  It will be the first time the Congress, which is expected to attract over 1,200 travel industry delegates from around the globe,  has been based in New York  since 1955, and the first time held in the United States since 1994. The New York Chapter is one of the largest in the world.  

“We are extremely honored to have been selected as the coordinator of this Congress,” said John Ruzich, former New York Club President and present SKÅL International Auditor. “Our goal is to ensure that these travel industry executives, coming mostly from overseas, have a positive experience in New York, so they continue to recommend our city as a destination to the millions of travelers’ itineraries they influence every year.”

Making SKÅL International’s 74th Congress most unique is that it will be the first to be held at sea. The Carnival Cruise ship Glory will be the site for the actual association meetings and member networking. A major advantage of having the 2013 SKÅL Congress starting and ending in New York is that attendees will also have the opportunity to arrange meetings with the many New York-based travel partners.

Mr. Ruzich and an active organizing committee have been working closely with the leadership of SKÅL International, which is headquartered in Spain, to ensure every aspect of the Congress makes it an event to remember. The “Glory” will leave and return from New York City with ports-of-call in Boston, MA, Portland, ME, Saint John, NB Canada and Halifax, NS Canada. Daytrips are being arranged at each stop, as are pre/post tours within New York City and the region.

“A major advantage of having the 2013 SKÅL Congress starting and ending in New York is that attendees will also have the opportunity to  arrange meetings with the many New York-based travel partners,” noted Paul Kastner, current President of the Skål New York Chapter.

SKÅL International’s World Congress is an annual meeting of representatives from the association’s 450 Clubs throughout 85 nations with approximately 20,000 professional members. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry to provide forums for industry leaders to meet on local, regional, national and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest and encouraging “friends doing business with friends.”


SKÅL International New York was the first chapter in North America and will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary during the Congress. Many of the Club’s members will be providing Congress attendees incentives to visit their businesses and attractions while in the City as tourism is an important part of their annual revenue. Non-SKÅL companies who wish to reach this audience must first become a Club member.  Information on membership can be found at NYSkal.com.

A special website, Skal2013WorldCongress.com, has been created to present all of the Congress information to SKÅL members, and continual updates will be available on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on the Skål World Congress, visit www.Skal2013WorldCongress.com

Photo Caption

At last week’s Skål International World Congress held in Seoul, Korea, it was announced that next year’s Congress has been awarded to the New York City Chapter and will take place September 28 to October 5, 2013. Making the announcement were (pictured left to right): Skål International New York Past President Carolyn Feimster, SKÅL Secretary General Bernhard Wegscheider, 2012 Skål International President Enrique Quesada, 2013 Skål International President Mok Singh, 2013 SKÅL International New York President Lisa Conway, 2013 World Congress Chairman John Ruzich.

Editorial Contact:

Karen Hoffman/ Sarah McHeffey
Tel:      212 447 0027
Fax:     212 725 8253
E-mail:  info@bradfordglobalmarketing.com 



Jul 10, 2013

The world aviation market is one of the toughest businesses to be in at the present time. The industry is not only slowly recovering from the global financial crises that saw a dramatic downturn in passenger numbers and traffic in 2009, it is also faced with continuing fuel price increases. The introduction of the recent US budget will see cuts to air traffic management and at the same time the increase in the UK’s Air Passenger Duty on April 1 this year, (now making it the world’s highest aviation tax) will cut deeply into the projected 1.6% net profit margin for the 2013 year.

In spite of this the industry is leading the charge in the development and introduction of new and innovative design, route management systems and fuel saving concepts that are not only producing one of the greenest industries, but also one of the safest and most efficient.

Skal International, whose 18,000 members make up the world’s largest organization covering all sectors in the travel and tourism industries, including a majority of the major airlines, want to support the aviation industry in its move to continue to be one of the safest, most efficient and environmentally sound industries in the world, without undue interference from individual governments introducing ad hoc regulations, that at best can be seen as revenue gathering, and at worst major impediments to the aviation industry achieving these goals.

States Mok Singh, World President Skal International, “It is vital that an organization such as Skal International, that covers all facets of the travel and tourism industry, has a clear and concise position on an industry as important as aviation. It is our intention to make it clear to governments, both local and national, that ad hoc regulations such as cuts to air traffic management systems and the introduction of localized airline taxes have a dramatic effect on the whole travel and tourism industry, and in some cases see the loss of employment, not just in the immediate industry but via a flow on effect in an entire economy. It is also important to note that the footprint of aviation goes beyond the stakeholders in the aviation industry alone, particularly in developing countries. This often includes education and growth in skillsets which offer opportunities for foreign employment impacting inward remittances and economic upliftment of subsets of the population.”

It is Skal’s contention that the aviation industry continues to move towards a safer and environmentally sound footing by working holistically with international bodies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the leading safety boards. However the aviation industry also needs to work more closely with national and regional tourism boards when planning and realigning routes and timetables. On too many occasions short term revenue pressures have seen airlines remove services from destinations that result in great financial and economic harm for that region. In some cases regions have never recovered from these situations. While airlines must manage their businesses to ensure they meet their shareholder charters, it is also vital that they and their shareholders also take a wider view of the travel and tourism industry when making major route change decisions.

It is also the responsibility of airport companies to act not only in their shareholders’ interests but in the wider travel and tourism industry’s interests when they set higher landing and handling fees. Ad hoc increases can have a dramatic effect on airline profitability and ticket pricing, the latter being very consumer sensitive. Such taxes provide a strong source of revenue for tourism-heavy countries, but ongoing focus must be centered on the purpose of these taxes. It is simply not good enough for tourists to be taxed for the simple aim of raising revenues, which potentially decreases tourist interest in nations with higher taxes. Rather, these taxes should be used, either fully or with a large percentage, to fund tourism related projects – be those infrastructure, public events, hospitality training, or security.

The aviation industry is not just airlines, it consists of all those industries that directly affect the airline industry – airport companies, air traffic management, national and local tourism organizations as well as international bodies (IATA, UN, EC, etc.).

States Mok Singh “Skal calls on all these sectors to ensure they work together to ensure that the consumer is provided with the best possible service in terms of safety, efficiency and environmental concerns. This can only be done if all parties work towards this goal and are prepared to closely audit their own positions when making decisions that affect the industry.”

Source: Skal

Skal World Congress


Budapest 2009, 1-6 November 

Skål Awards
Skål International is inviting companies from the public and private sector as well as NGOs to submit entries for the 6th Ecotourism Awards. In line with the 2007 presidential theme "Sustainable development in Tourism" chosen by President Litsa Papathanassi and following the evident effects of climate changes on the environment, Skål International is even more aware of the need to continue its efforts to create awareness for sustainable and responsible development in tourism.The 2007 Awards, sponsored by Evian Water and Iznik Foundation, will be presented in Antalya, Turkey on 5 November 2007 during the Opening Ceremony of the 68th Skål World Congress by the President of Skål International Litsa Papathanassi.More-> 

Skal Uganda
kål International is becoming a popular travel tourism organization in Africa, and for any number of good reasons. The editors of Africa Travel Magazine and ATA members who accompanied us recently can vouch for that statement. It is evident by the quality of members we have met and shared time with , both one to one and in groups. During our last visit to East Africa, we met the Skål President for Kenya, John Cleave of Mombasa Air Safari. Several months previously, we were guests at a special Africa Travel Association's table of honor at the Skål International Uganda Chapter 's 10th Anniversary in Kampala. We salute Skål International and the great work it is doing worldwide, but most especially in Africa. Editor

Photos: Opposite: 10th Anniversary Gala Evening at the Kampala Serena, Kampala, Uganda: Photo right and below left.

What is Skål?

Skål is the only international organization which brings together all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry's managers and executives, Skålleagues meet at local, national and international level in an environment of friendship and amicale to discuss subjects of common interest.

The 1st club was founded in Paris in 1932 by Travel Trade managers who had been on an educational tour of Scandinavia.

The idea of International friendship gained such popularity that on the 28th of April 1934. Skål achieved International status with the formation of Association Internationale des Skål Clubs (AISC) on the initiative of the 1st President of the Paris Skål club.

In the foundation of the Skal Club of Paris, 1932, the first President was René Genestie, Florimond Volckaert was encharged of the Evenements and Presse Commission, who is now considered to be the Father of Skål.

From that modest beginning, Skål now has more than 25,000 members in over 500 Clubs spread throughout 80 countries. As in other associations of professionals (such as Rotary, Oddfellows and Lions), most Skål activity takes place within the Clubs, but the Movement also features National and Area Committees coming under the umbrella of the A.I.S.C. (Skål International), which has its own Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.

Visit the web site (www.skal.org) or send an email to skal@skal.org

Skal UK - http://www.skaluk.org/index.asp

John Cleave, President of Skal Intenational, Kenya at Tararind Restaurant
in Mombasa with Christine Cronchey of Mombasa Air Safaris (left) and
Muguette Goufrani of Africa Travel Magazine (center).