Notes from the Editor

Skål greetings Everyone!
I hope that you are overcoming obstacles and enjoying opportunities.
Our May newsletter offers informative and enjoyable reading as it covers the relevant subject of how sustainable practices in the Tourism industry is one of the main driving forces in the destination choice of many travellers and how do we successfully attract the Millennial Tourist.
Would you like to be aware of all Skål functions and meetings worldwide? It's easy! Just take a look at the interesting article on our SKÅL EVENTS system.
Young Skål held a successful and an exciting Symposium in Ankara, Turkey and we have included a report and photos of this event.
Don't forget to register for our much awaited World Congress in Monaco. It promises to be a "Game changer".

Happy Reading!
Lavonne Wittmann
Director PR and Communications

Updates from your Directors
We are featuring Jason Samuel and his portfolio of Statutes & Manuals this month.
Closing Date for Nominations
for the Offices of Director and Auditor of Skål International: 30 June 2016

Skål Events (SIERS) 
Connecting people around the world

What is SKÅL EVENTS and why should every club use it?
Skål International launched the Event Registration System (SIERS) program in 2015 and after a testing phase in the Asia/Pacific area it should now be used by all clubs globally. SIERS, now called SKÅL EVENTS is Skål's global event registration system.
Ecuador Earthquake Appeal
At 7pm on Saturday 16 April 2016 Ecuador suffered a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the province of Manabi, in northwest of the country.

The resulting damage and loss of life has been heart-breaking with the death toll 602 (and rising) and thousands of injured and displaced persons and more than 25,000 have been left homeless. 

The death toll, exceeds that of the earthquake in Peru in 2007 and makes Ecuador's earthquake the deadliest in South America since the one that stroke Colombia in 1999, which killed more than 1,000 people.
2016 Skål International World Congress
Monaco | 20 October - 2 November

Before or after your meeting with friends during the Skål International World Congress in Monaco, you can make your journey even more fruitful and enjoyable visiting some of the best destinations in Europe!
Thanks to partner clubs, the 77th Skål International World Congress Monaco offers a large number of pre and post tours which offer you exciting and unique experiences!  
Read more  

Full information and registration at!

Sustainable Tourism Awards 2016
We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted for our 2016 Sustainable Tourism Awards.  
Closing Date: 30 June 2016

Drop an e-mail to if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist.
Save the Dates

Boise, Idaho (U.S.A.) | 8-11 June 2016  |  Web >

IPW 2016

New Orleans, USA | 18 June 2016 | More info
Skål around the World

Send the pictures of your Skål events, together with a text to and we shall be pleased to publish these in the e-newsletter. 


Alasdair Thorogood remembers his mother, Brenda Thorogood who passed away peacefully in her sleep recently. "Skål was such a large part of my mother's life with many lifelong friends made with Skålleagues from all over the world." 

News From Our Sponsors & Partners 

Register now and stay between May 23 and August 28, 2016 and earn a $50 Best Western gift card for every two separate stays. Best Western Rewards members save 10% when booking direct on and earn 1,000 rewards points for stays completed during the promotion period.
The World Tourism Forum Lucerne, in collaboration with UNWTO, is launching 'Tourism Star Award' and inviting the most committed, inspiring, and passionate individual working in the tourism sector to apply. Read more
Industry Update
Having grown up in a digital age, Millennials are now heavily tech-dependent. They consume information on a rapid and almost constant basis. In terms of travel, this means they book trips faster and, in turn, often share their own travel experiences in real time. Read more

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