What is SKAL?

Skål is the only international organization which brings together all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry’s managers and executives, Skål members meet at local restaurants in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest. The first Skål Club was formed on December 16, 1932 in Paris. In 1934, Skål achieved international status with the formation of the Association Internationale des Clubs (A.I.S.C.), on the initiative of the first President of the Paris Skål Club and the man considered to be the “Father of Skål”, Florimond Volckaert. On April 1, 1938, the Skål Club of North America (Skål Club of New York, No. 28) was founded. From that modest beginning, Skål now has more than 18,000 members in over 450 Clubs spread throughout 85 nations. 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 Skål International, which has its own General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain. On October 22, 1966, the Skål Club of Columbus was founded. We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary on October 22, 2016.

Benefits of Your SKAL Membership

In these times of tight budgets, down-sizing, right-sizing and budget-appropriateness, those of us in the travel and marketing segment of the industry understand that most business is fostered through personal, one-to-one relationships. As a member of Skål Columbus, your membership provides you a number of contacts who are able to enhance your business, both here in Central Ohio as well as throughout the world. The Columbus Skål Club is comprised of numerous hotel managers and marketing directors, restaurateurs, Culinary Schools, Colleges, Universities, and more. So your membership provides you many opportunities and manners to market your property or service.

Why Should I Join SKAL?

Comprised of travel, tourism and transportation professionals, the business advantage of joining Skål is obvious. By attending our local meetings, congresses and other events, members are able to meet industry colleagues from clubs throughout the world and network with other members in the industry. These meetings give members the chance to make contacts, on both a business and personal level, and to forge new and lasting friendships.

Membership Benefits

A brief summary of your membership benefits include: • Business Contacts with more than 18,000 tourism-related member companies to choose from. • Networking with tourism professionals representing their travel-oriented companies here in Columbus and at National and International gatherings. • Monthly Meetings provide opportunities to interact with local industry colleagues in one of the many fine dining establishments in the area. • Friendship & Comradeship – Develop new friends within the travel & tourism industry that can bring or recommend business. • Community Service – Skål Columbus supports the Ronald McDonald House preparing and serving meals at various times throughout the year. • SKAL Database – Your membership grants you access to 18,000 members worldwide. • Travelling – You have many opportunities to attend regional, national and international congresses offering special travel arrangements. • Membership Advantages – As a Skålleague your membership in the Association will be recognized in many ways as you travel with discounts on hotel, rental car, etc.

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