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Skål Now is packed with lots of information again!

Reflections on what hospitality is

The restart of face-to-face tourism fairs with FITUR
Denise Scrafton, International Skål Council President, gives us an update on all the news in the International Skål Council over the last few months:
" international committee has been formed to identify locations for possible new clubs around the world. This includes work being carried out on a strategy to assist new clubs to be successful and assist struggling clubs.

This document, when finalised, will also be distributed to clubs to assist in their endeavors for success".
We want to bring you news from clubs and
National Committees around the world!

Find out in this issue what's new at Skål International Mexico National Committee and its clubs of Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Tijuana - Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit y Puerto Morelos, as well as from Skål International Switzerland, Palermo in Italy, and Goa in India.
Mourning Peter Nedomansky
"Many of our Skål International members, especially from the older generation, might remember Peter Nedomansky from Vienna.
For more than 60 years, Peter was a reliable and much appreciated Skålleague, for many years’ member of the board as well as International Skål Councillor Austria, and for the significant development of our association nationally and internationally, substantially jointly responsible."

"Skål International and the Austrian Tourism industry have lost a great personality, a gentleman and genuine friend.
May he rest in peace!"
Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards 2021 

Win a free year's subscription to the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle platform with the Skål International Awards 2021

At the upcoming Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards 2021 the Responsible Tourism Institute will award the Special Skål Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle Award, to one of its winners.
If you have not yet submitted your project for the Skål Sustainable Tourism Awards 2021, we have good news for you.... There is still time!

The deadline for entries is 30 June 2021 at 23.59 CET.
Fill in the Entry Form now and become the next winner of the Special Skål Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle Award.

This prize, which will be awarded to only one winner, will entitle the lucky winner to a free one-year subscription to the new Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle platform.

Find out more now here and don't miss this opportunity!
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Frontline service robots: Their role in delivery service
An article by eHotelier
"Led by the team of the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor, Dr. Reza Etemad-Sajadi, this research focuses on human-robot interactions in a service delivery context.
Through interviews, we gathered four outputs that appear to be important when talking about frontline service robots".
Determination and Resilience, the foundation for success among Skål International travel advisors
By Mark W. Costa
Skål International Seattle Vice President
Princess Cruises & Cunard, Business Development Manager Pacific Northwest
"For many of us, the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to our professional lives.

This has never been more true than with the men and women who faithfully and professionally serve the cruise industry as Travel Advisors.

Over the past 14 months, new cruise booking inquiries have slowed to a trickle in most cases. Only now are advisor phones finally beginning to ring, once again by eager cruisers heartily anticipating their return to the sea".
How to manage your virtual audience as we shift back to in-person meetings
By Phelps R. Hope
CMP - Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions
Phelps R. Hope, Past President of Skål International Atlanta, shares one of the most common questions they receive recently from clients and how they respond to them.
Skål Resource Centre
On 31 May, 16:00h CET
we will held a new webinar:
'Planning for a safe restart of the Tourism industry'
in collaboration with Harvard and Málaga Universities.
Check the latest webinars
Different topics and sessions to keep updated and improve your professional skills.
Check them out!
Trends & Insights
A collection of resources
to stay updated with the
industry and anticipate
future trends.
UNWTO Tourism Data Dashboard
Destination Tracker
It is a great pleasure to welcome 113 new members who joined Skål International between 16 April and 13 May 2021. And we are proud to know that up to 23 countries have registered an increase in membership!

I would also like to give a very warm welcome to Skål International Calabria (Italy), a club reactivated on 21 May 2021 with 33 founding members!

My support and gratitude for their efforts to Skål International Italy, who are working hard to increase their membership and even hope to be able to create another new club soon. Congratulations!

Daniela Otero
CEO Skål International
The pioneers of Skål International in 1930’s
By Antonio García del Valle,
Honorary President
"The enthusiasm shown by the ‘pioneers’ as they increased, in the short space of four months, from five to eighty members, was wonderful.

The first ‘amical’ dinner was held at the Mollard Restaurant on 24 April. The Iéna Circle hosted an initial conference organized by Skål on 27 April. The topics and speakers were: ‘Tourism in France’ by Mr. Junot and ‘From Friedrichshafen to Río de Janeiro by zeppelin’, by Mr. C. Dolfuss.

The first General Assembly of the Skål Paris club took place at the Mollard Restaurant on 9 May 1933, with 80 members..."
Best Western
Register Before You Stay!
Best Western Rewards® members who register and stay between May 17 and September 6, 2021 at any Best Western® branded hotel in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean will get one $20 Best Western Gift card for each night they stay, up to 5 nights.

Gift Cards will be sent electronically to the Best Western Rewards member's email address approximately 1-2 weeks after the completed stay. Limit 5 gift cards.

* Best Western gift card(s) expire on November 30, 2021.
Skål International World Congress 2021, Canada, Québec City
Have you ever heard the sound of winter? Have you ever had the chance to walk and hear the crunch of walking in snow? Have you ever had a snowball fight or have fallen in snow and made a snow angel?

These are all things that here in Québec City we grow up with and we want to have you all experience it.

Québec City, right before the Holidays is a wonderful and magical place to be.

We are truly hoping that we will be able to host you all from December 9-13, 2021 and have you experience the joy of snow.
to learn more and be up to date.   

Marjolaine de Sa
President LOC Québec City
Canada Skål World Congress 2021
'Innovation meets History'
Trade Shows
TTG Travel Experience (Rimini, Italy)

13-15 October 2021
World Travel Market
(London, UK)

1-3 November 2021
IMEX America
(Las Vegas, USA)

9-11 November 2021
IBTM World
(Barcelona, Spain)

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2021
'Skål Now' Newsletter April 2021
Did you miss the last issue of 'Skål Now'? Here is the latest edition!
If you missed the Skål International Tourism Now Magazine, this is now available on the Skål International website or by clicking here.
Next Magazine will be out in June. Please make sure to submit your 'stories' for it by 10 June to Ana María Vera at the Skål International General Secretariat.

We would love to hear about ongoing community projects, member success stories, industry trends/reports to share with the membership... thank you!
We want to improve! please do not hesitate to contact with any questions or suggestions. Thank you very much for your interest.
Burcin Turkkan
Senior Vice President
Skål International
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