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What is Skål ?

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism

and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism

industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and

international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.


The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of

Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.


Skål International today has approximately 12,500 members in 319 Clubs throughout 97 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.


Skål International is governed by an Executive Committee of six members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year. This allows members first-hand observation of the travel and tourism potential around the world.


Vision Statement:

Be a trusted voice in travel and tourism


Mission Statement:

Through our leadership, professionalism and friendship, work together to achieve our Vision, maximise networking opportunity and support a responsible tourism industry.

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