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Welcome to the Tampa Bay Chapter of Skal International

The International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals
What is  Skål?
Skål is the only international organization that brings together all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry's managers and executives, Skålleagues meet at local, national and international levels in an 
environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest. The first Club was founded in Paris in 1932 by travel trade managers who had been on an 
educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international friendship gained such popularity that in 1934, Skål achieved international status with the formation of the Association Internationale des Skål Clubs (A.I.S.C.), on the initiative of the first President of the Paris Skål Club and the man considered the "Father of Skål", Florimond Volckaert. From that modest beginning, Skål now has more than 25,000 members in over 500 Clubs, spread throughout 80 countries.

Skål Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Monday of each month with the exception of July and August. July is typically our annual golf outing and August is our Region IV Summer Congress, hosted each year by a different club in Region IV (Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Puerto Rico, Raleigh-Durham, St. Thomas USVI, Tampa Bay, Charlotte). Our club has two special-event meetings every year; one of which is our Installation and Past President Recognition Dinner and the other is our Holiday Party.


Who is eligible to join Skål?

Membership in Skål is open to qualified persons in a senior or executive position in the travel and tourism industry. Prospective members are sponsored by a current Skål member and are officially inducted after attending two meetings. The one-time initiation fee is $160.00. Yearly fees are $500.00 which includes membership dues and all meals. 

If you are in the Tampa Bay area in a managerial position with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in 
travel or tourism, please consider joining us at an upcoming event.  

Often we are asked about the meaning of Skål

For us it means foremost FRIENDSHIP but there is an explanation why our founders picked this word:

Again, the flight our founders took and met was a flight to Stockholm. The word Skål comes from Scandinavia and has a long tradition. The "Skål", a bowl with a welcome drink, was offered to 

visitors when they entered the home. One would say Skål is a sign of friendship! The letters of the word SKÅL mean:

  • Sundhet (Health) Kärlek (Love) Ålder (Long Life) Lycka (Luck)

"To fellow Skålleagues everywhere - Happiness; Good Health; Friendship; Long Life; SKÅL!"

Upcoming events

Happy Birthday! 
Birthday wishes go out to the following Skal 
Tampa Bay members celebrating birthdays in Oct. Nov & Dec. 2015                                                   
Cole Jeffries - Oct. 04

Ed Shaughnessy - Oct. 05


Walter Klages - Oct. 08

Don Grade - Oct. 22


Tim Coultas - Oct. 29

Dotty Tarbox - Nov. 02

Andrew Sasfai - Nov. 11


Tom Robertson - Nov. 13


Andy Brouillard - Nov. 14

Masterson Dempsey - Nov. 18

Danah Heye - Nov. 19


George Hoch - Nov. 24

Laura Lothridge - Nov 30

Gregg Nicklaus - Dec. 18

          Mark Hubbard - Dec. 29
Welcome New 2015 Skal Tampa Bay Members!

Skal International Tampa Bay | Founded 1959
Executive Committee and Board 2015-2016 
  George Hoch, President                Roberta Blum, Director                  
  Hoyt Hamilton, Vice President  George Bentley, Director
  Ed Shaughnessy, Secretary  Chuck Prather, Director
  Colette Florido, Treasurer  John Donadeo, Director

  Dan Peretz, Past President

  Carol Eaves, SIUSA Rep.


 Sara Bertran, Director

 Michelle O'Hara, Director

 Tim Coultas, Director

Skal Tampa Bay Executive Secretary/Treasurer
                          Steven Rodriguez                               

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