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The international friendship and close personal contact of Skål must be experienced to be appreciated. “Doing Business Among Friends”. Skål is not a community organization like Rotary or Lions, rather it benefits and develops the professional sector, while assisting the community at large. Skål is an Association of Tourism Professionals which encourages and creates a network of professionals around the world. It promotes seminars and conferences to strengthen the industry’s professionalism.
Through participation in local activities and events at all levels, members meet industry colleagues from around the world. Here, in an atmosphere of amicale, ideas, opportunities and industry matters, in general, may be shared on a personal and business level. Skål members should promote the organization, the formation of new Clubs and recruit qualified members.
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER OF SKÅL
If you are employed or work in the travel and tourism industry as a manager, director or owner, or are a vendor/supplier with the majority of your business services the tourism industry, you are mostly likely eligible to become a Skål USA member. See the full benefits of being a member here. Contact the nearest club to you by going to our Skål USA club locator or send an email to SkalUSAmembership@skalusa.org.
A complete list of membership requirements and categories can been seen by
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP?
Through contributions from Clubs around the world, the Florimond Volckaert Fund assists any Skål member in times of financial need or crisis.
The Skål International Membership Card entitles members to discounts at some participating outlets, provided by Skål Member
Information on members around the world is at your fingertips.
Skål Members are welcome at all meetings around the world. Wherever you travel, you can access a network of Skål friends and colleagues.
Skål News, a magazine published quarterly, is a medium for information about the organisation and an avenue for advertising exposure to 13,000 industry professionals.
BENEFITS ON THE NATIONAL/LOCAL LEVELS
In the USA there are 45 clubs representing cities and regions throughout the USA, with over 1,500 members who are executives/ leaders in the different business segments of the travel and tourism industry.
Once a month meetings with local club members offering networking opportunities.
National/International Skål meetings where you get the opportunity to meet other Skålleagues in person
Quarterly newsletters on national/local activities.
Quarterly educational webinars for members covering industry trends and relevant membership information
Affiliation with prestigious worldwide organizations such as US Travel Association, Destination International, American Bus Association, and many others.
~ UATP Insider’s Club offers member benefits and travel protection coverage when you travel on industry-free, reduced rate, or full-fare tickets on a scheduled airline, Amtrak Passenger Train, or Cruise Line. ~ SKÅL USA Members can sign up at www.uatptravelprotection.com. Individual family plans start as low as $26.95 for 12 months of coverage. Insider’s Club is a benefit to protect Skal Members when traveling. (For Skål members themselves, not their clients) Benefits include: Travel Accident Protection Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Checked Lost/Stolen Baggage Protection 24-Hour Worldwide Emergency Assistance Plus much more…
SKÅL INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
Join the most important global network in the Travel and Tourism industry
BECOME A MEMBER OF YOUR LOCAL SKÅL INTERNATIONAL CLUB
Skål International is an
Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals which encourages and creates a network of contacts around the world. Read our Skål Membership Handout and then j
oin us by clicking here.
Not a Skål Club in your area? Reach out, we'd be happy to help you start one!
THE SKÅL TOAST
The Skål Toast has a long tradition and historically kicks off the beginning of a Skål meeting no matter where the county the Skål club calls home.
Happiness, Good Health, Friendship, Long Life — Skål!
.... is spoken in the host county language, but historically at a international meeting, the toast is given in English, French and Spanish.
View the toast in all three languages
2022 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Please contact the nearest Skål International USA club for more information on local and national dues.
for local Skål USA club locations.
* Includes $3.00 for Membership Development & $1.00 for the Skål USA club hosting an annual NASC & AGM meeting
“New Member Fee”
from total amount for returning members
There are several markets in the United States that have shown an interest in starting a Skål Club of their own. If you are a Skål member or have a friend in tourism that is relocating to an area that does not currently have a Skål Club, please send an email to our VP of Membership:
SKÅL USA MEMBERSHIP TOOLS
Holding a Skål USA B2B Event
Skål International Atlanta holds an annual B2B event where regional tourism businesses are able to get to know each other and learn more about Skål USA Atlanta. Burcin Turkkan, former Skål USA President, and now President of Skål International introduced the B2B event through a video showing how this could be used as a great membership recruitment idea. Please enjoy her video below.
Social media is a great way to get the word out to a lot of people, and engage with your fellow Skålleagues around the world. We encourage all clubs to share their activities on social media. Please post any upcoming Skål events your club is doing to our Facebook page, and be sure to post videos and pictures after!
Follow us on our other social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube Be sure to tag us when you post on other platforms. Our current hashtags are: