WHO AND WHAT IS SKÅL?
Skål International Association is the largest and only professional organization promoting global Tourism and friendship, uniting all sectors of the Tourism industry.
Exclusive membership is made up of the top executives in the industry.
Our mission is through, leadership, professionalism and friendship, working together to achieve our vision, maximize networking opportunities and support a responsible Tourism industry.
As in other associations of industry professionals most Skål activities take place locally, but the movement also features National and Area Committees under the umbrella of Skål International, which has its permanent General Secretariat and CEO in Torremolinos, Spain.
HISTORY OF Skål International Association
The first Club was founded in Paris, 16th of December 1932 by travel trade managers who had been on an
educational tour of Scandinavia and so the idea of professionals in travel and tourism working
closely together in a spirit of friendship was born.
The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew, and the “Association International des Skål Clubs” was established on April 28th 1934 with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.
Skål International has now more than 13469 members, entailing of industry’s Managers and Executives, meeting at Local, National, Regional, and International levels to do business among friends throughout more than 345 Skål Clubs along 103 countries.
There are six clubs in Thailand. Bangkok, Chiangmai, Hua Hin, Krabi, Phuket, and Koh Samui.
Skål is also the Scandinavian word for Cheers; and means:
S sundheit – Health
K kärlek – Friendship
A aruger – Long Life
L lycka – Happiness
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN SKÅL INTERNATIONAL?
The international friendship and close personal contact of Skål must be experienced to be appreciated. Skål is not a community organization like Rotary or Lions; rather it remains the only organization that brings together the entire Tourism industry and promotes friendship, business, and Tourism worldwide. Membership benefits and develops the professional sector while assisting the community at large.
- CONNECT WITH NEW LIFELONG FRIENDS
Through participation in local activities and events at all levels, members meet industry colleagues from around the world. Here, in an atmosphere of friendship, ideas, opportunities and industry matters, can be shared on a personal and business level.
Network with the key influencers: Whether locally or globally, making meaningful connections with the top players in the Travel, Hospitality & Tourism industry stands as a pillar of success for Skål Thailand. By connecting with clients and associates in a friendly and social environment, Skål offers a different, more meaningful approach to networking.
EXPAND YOUR NETWORK
It takes time to nurture relationships: Get involved – don’t just ‘show up’. You get back more than you invest by standing out, sparking conversation with fellow members, and playing an active role in Skål events. Accelerate the process through peer connections and introductions, because as the saying goes, “it’s who you know”. Skål members are the ones to know.
BENEFIT REGIONALLY, NATIONALLY, & INTERNATIONALLY
You can reach top suppliers and partners globally: Friends doing business together in a very social environment is at the heart of Skål’s design. Most organizations are vertically integrated, while Skål is the only international horizontal organization truly linking all aspects, roles, and industries of travel and tourism in an informal setting that fosters sincere friendships and business success.
What goes on outside your region is equally important: Members are encouraged to attend congresses and club events in other markets. As a member, you are encouraged to attend Skål event’s outside of your city. Members may attend any Skål event, anytime, and anywhere in the world.
PLACE YOUR BUSINESS ON THE WORLD MAP
By identifying your brand and business with Skål you will immediately be recognized by fellow members. Carry the Skål brand and logo on your marketing and business communications materials and social media links to connect to a diverse network of top travel and trade professionals today.
HAVE A WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE IN YOUR POCKET
Reach out to fellow Skål members when travelling to any community. Connect on a personal level with ‘local’ contacts through the Skål Greeter program and gain access to travel discounts and members’ exclusive offers. With a notable presence at world travel markets, trade fairs, Congresses, look for the Skål branding and take advantage of entirely new travel opportunities.
ENRICH YOUR LIFE PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY
Many long-standing members offer an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and experience. Get information mentorship from your Skål peers. Focus on those who have succeeded and own their own businesses, and apply these lessons to the success of your business and personal growth.
Experience professional development opportunities and educational programs, which strengthen you and the industry’s professionalism.
GET BLOWN AWAY WITH FUN EVENTS
Skål events add even more value to your membership. Whether overnight getaways, golf adventures, VIP invites, dinner parties, tickets for special concert events with VIP experiences, mystery dinners, or joint events with other clubs, the opportunities to connect, unwind, and have some fun are impossible to beat.
WORLDWIDE VISIBILITY VIA SKÅL INTERNATIONAL WEBPAGE
The network of Skål Members worldwide is accessible via the Skål strong digital presence across platforms. The website at www.Skål.org, information about SKÅL International, it’s clubs, and it’s members is at your fingertips. Skål News, a magazine published quarterly, is a medium for information about the organization and an avenue for advertising exposure to 15,000 industry professionals.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Skål supports many important social initiatives, recognizing sustainable tourism, youth sex trade protection, tourism disaster recovery efforts, and development of young tourism professionals.
FLORIMOND VOLCKAERT FUND
Skål also offers financial support to members in times of need. This embedded generosity in the Skål philosophy was established in memory of the founder of Skål, Florimond Volckaert.
Skål Members are welcome at all meetings around the world. Wherever you travel, you can access a network of Skål friends and colleagues.
OUR CLUBS AND COMMITTEE IN THAILAND
SKÅL International Thailand, our national committee
attending local travel shows
- Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) www.thailandtravelmartplus.com
- Thai International Travel Fair (TITF) : Thailand Travel Agents Association
- Skål International Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand
- Skål International Bangkok
- Skål International Hua Hin
- Skål International Koh Samui
- Skål International Krabi
- Skål International Phuket
Skål International Association
Charter Dock A Thailand is a proud member of the largest and only professional organization promoting global Tourism and Friendship, uniting all sectors of the Tourism industry.