Sent to: All Skål International Members

We are almost at the end of 2021! This is the ideal time to organize membership events, welcoming new members to your clubs...

Skål International Asia and Europe Area held their AGM recently, electing a new Board of Directors. Congratulations to all. 

Vaccines and the reopening of borders are spurring a recovery of tourism.
Skål International Annual General Assembly 2021 
The Annual General Assembly of Skål International 2021 will be held virtually on Friday 10 December 2021 at 05:00h CET (Central European Time). Check your local timing here.
Candidacy to the Board of Directors of the UNWTO Affiliate Members
Skål International is once more presenting its candidacy of Global Member to the Board of Directors of the UNWTO Affiliate Members, with which we have been affiliated since 1984.
By Margaret Cahill, International Councillor, Skål International Ireland
"Visitors to Ireland rate the friendliness of the people as one of the main memories of their visit to my native country.

The character of the people, coupled with our ancient island heritage, and the stunning natural beauty of our landscapes and coastline, has resulted in a holiday destination quite unique in the world."
Find out the latest news from Skål International Europe Area and our Skål International clubs in Goa, Kvarner, Mexico, Paris, Tampa Bay and Toronto, as well as the invitation to join Skål International Tampa Bay, nominated as International Club of the Year 2020, for its board installation dinner to be held on Monday, January 10, 2022. This event will take place at the newly remodeled iconic attraction, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, at Tampa Bay, USA.
Skålleague of the Month
This time we highlight Trish May,
President Skål International Queenstown, New Zealand, as Skålleague of the month.

Let's find out more about her!
"Since Covid-19 emerged around the globe, so many in our industry are going through incredibly difficult times.

Keeping a sense of empathy stoked with an air of positivity have helped members of Skål International Queenstown navigate the adversities of the pandemic."
Skål International website
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Skål International corporate emails
Here is a reading recommendation from Burcin Turkkan, Vice President of Skål International.

It is an interesting article on the impending changes and trends in the travel and tourism industry due to technology.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on communities across the world and has had a devastating effect on Travel & Tourism.

For 30 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has been quantifying the economic impact of Travel & Tourism, highlighting the importance of the sector to the global economy.

The 2021 annual research which covers 185 countries and economies, and 25 regions of the world, reveals the full extent and significance of the COVID-19 crisis to the sector in 2020.
According to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, an estimated 54 million tourists crossed international borders in July 2021, down 67% from the same month in 2019, but the strongest results since April 2020.

This compares to an estimated 34 million international arrivals recorded in July 2020, though well below the 164 million figure recorded in 2019.
Skål International Benefits
Nursesimple is a concierge health service available to Skålleagues at an exclusive special rate.

The service grants 24/7 access to a licensed healthcare provider who will assist with your travel health needs as well as ongoing follow up and support in navigating and coordinating day to day healthcare for you, your family and your employees.
Following our agreement with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Skål International offers all its members the possibility to implement the #SafeTravels Stamp in their companies. Apply now!
Skål Resource Centre
Our latest recorded webinars:
More 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
New members at Skål International
I have the pleasure of reporting that since 16 September 2021, we have incorporated 98 new members from 23 countries worldwide. I congratulate and appreciate the effort of the Skål International clubs that spare no effort to grow their membership.

Remember that members can look for professional contacts to do business through the Global Database that is available on the Skål website. To access the Database, log on to the Skål International website and enter the private Members' area. There, you will be able to search by company, tourism sector, club, etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact our helpdesk if you need help with your login. Remember the November/December promotion directed to new members, when only the administration fee will be charged.
Welcome to our new members!
Below is a list of our new members, with an indication of the companies they work for.

Daniela Otero
CEO Skål International
Membership Anniversary
We congratulate again those members with more than 10 years of membership!

Download here the list of all these long-standing members.
Congratulations to all of them for their loyalty!

If you do not see your name on the list, please contact the General Secretariat at The approval date was not originally recorded and your help to complete the database with this information is more than welcome!
Skål Club of the Year (SCOTY)
The voting for the Skål Club of the Year 2020 -2021 ended on 14 September 2021 with a high percentage of participation. Thank you to the Clubs for their vote.

The finalists competing this year have done an excellent job in preparing their video presentations, which we are sharing with you as these could serve as great examples for other Clubs and totally reflect what Skål is about:

  • New professional connections
  • Business opportunities 
  • B2B, workshops, speakers
  • Solidarity
  • Sustainability

And, what makes us different and unique, the traditional friendship atmosphere that naturally flows in the Skål International functions.
Please find below the link to all the videos of the Skål Clubs nominated for Skål Club of the Year 2020 -2021:
The winner will be announced during the Skål International Annual General Assembly on 10 December, and it will receive a free double registration valid for the 2022 Skål World Congress.
Membership Project
We share with you the exciting Membership Project led by Lavonne Wittmann, Interim Director of Skål International, whereby weekly video testimonials from club members around the world are being posted on our corporate social media channels telling about their experience and the value of our membership.

All videos can also be viewed on our You Tube channel! Below is a playlist of the latest Skålleagues videos that have been edited and shared as well the latest corporate video #BringBackTheHeart produced.

If you have any suggestions for collaboration, please contact Lavonne Wittmann. Thank you!
An article by Antonio García del Valle, Honorary President
In this article we will discover the events of the history of our organisation during the difficult year 1939, with the Honorary President Antonio García del Valle.

"On 1 February, the 'Berliner Beobachter', the mouthpiece of the Nazi government, and the ‘Berliner Borsen-Zeitung’ spoke of the IKT and announced that Skål was run by Jews and Freemasons. Accusation refuted by R. Waugh and H. Ostelius by circular letter: "In view of the attacks we have received, please inform your members of the real situation and leave them free to make a fair decision. Skål being a non-political association, we would ask the entire Steering Committee not to speak publicly on these matters".
Best Western
Register Before You Stay!
Best Western Rewards® members who register and stay between September 13 and November 22, 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.*

* Best Western gift card(s) expire on March 31, 2022.
Below you will find more info about the participation of Skål International in World Travel Market London 2021 and the invitation by Skål International London to members and guests to a Get-Together Party on Tuesday 2 November 2021:
WTM London Invitation to Members 

WTM London 2021 takes place physically from 1-3 November and then virtually the following week on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9. Our virtual platform is focusing on one-to-one meetings and networking to help you do business again.  
To explore both the physical and virtual events and decide how best to seize the opportunities. Find out more:
Skål Now. Skål International Newsletter
If you missed the August 2021 issue of Skål Now, the Skål International Members Newsletter, here is the link:
Tourism Now. Skål International Magazine
Here you have available the latest edition of our magazine Tourism Now, dedicated this time to the Skål International Spirit.

Feel free to share it with your contacts and colleagues in the travel and tourism industry!
Boost your brand with Skål International
We want to improve!
Please do not hesitate to contact with any questions or suggestions for new editions of Skål Now. Thank you for your interest.
Burcin Turkkan
Senior Vice President
Skål International
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