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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 August. Our club has three special-event meetings every year; one of which is our Installation and Past President Recognition Dinner another is our Annual Holiday Party/Wine Pull and Auction and our newest is our Annual Salute To Tourism, where we award deserving members and industry leaders for their commitment to tourism. Event days are subject to change based on venue availability.


Who is eligible to join Skål?

Membership in Skål is open to qualified persons in a senior, executive or management position in the travel and tourism industry or supplier for this industry. Prospective members are sponsored by a current Skål member and are officially inducted after attending two meetings. The one-time initiation fee is $165.00 (currently waived). 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 to get to know who we are and what we are all about.  

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

06/13/2022 6:00 PM • St Pete Beach
07/11/2022 6:00 PM • Tampa

Skal Club News


April 11, 2022 - Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park - Tampa

May 09, 2022 - Floridan Palace Hotel - Tampa

June 14, 2022 - Tradewinds Island Resorts - St Pete Beach

July 11, 2022 - Top Golf - Tampa

September 12, 2022 - The Cambria Hotel - Madeira Beach

October 2022 - TBD

November 14, 2022 - Salute to Tourism - Bon Appetit - Dunedin

December 12, 2022 - Annual Holiday Fundraiser - Harrison Hotel

January 9, 2023 - Presidents Installation Dinner The Bay Club  - Tampa

Birthday wishes go out to the following SKAL Tampa Bay Members celebrating birthdays in April, May, June and July 2022


Evan Neyer - April 01    Larry Graves - April 02

Charity Brady - April 03    Dan Tagger - April 05

Chris Park - April 10    Sarah White - April 13

Keith Brady - April 13      Ellen Hale - May 01

George Bentley - May 02    Julie Cortina - May 04

Rosemary Windsor - May 18   Lisa Chandler - May 19

Cameron O'Connor - May 20   Michael Helmstetter - May 20

Stephanie Cantrell - May 25    JoLynn Lokey - May 26

Trudy Anderson - May 26    Dannette Lynch - June 02

Ming Rogers - June 02      Robert Czyszczon - June 18

Ana Fernandez - June 22    Sarah Haefner - June 30

Charles Brady - July 17    Marvin Kirchhoff - July 18

Peter Kreuziger - July 25    Fran Bartlett - July 28

Hannah Anderson - July 30   

SKAL International Tampa Bay | Founded 1959
Executive Committee and Board 2022 

            Mike Gruendel, Pres. 

 Kylie Diaz, Dir                  

        Julie Cortina, VP  Dan Peretz, Dir.
            Danielle Taylor, Sec.  Oliver Kugler, Dir.
            Fran Bartlett, Treas.  Hoyt Hamilton, Dir.

            Kristina Alspaw, SUSA Rep

            Colette Florido, Dir.

  Sonny Flynn - Dir

 Bill Linville, Dir.

 Eric Class, Dir.

 Steven Rodriguez, Past Pres.

  SKAL Tampa Bay Executive Secretary/Treasurer
                          Steven Rodriguez                               

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