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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 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.


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 $165.00. 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

02/07/2022 6:00 PM • Tampa

Skal Club News


November 9, 2021 - Salute to Tourism Awards -The Bay Club - Tampa

December 20, 2021 - Holiday Dinner & Auction - Belleair Country Club

January 10, 2022 - Clearwater Marine Aquarium

February 8, 2022 - Bahama Breeze - Tampa

March 14, 2022 - Sea Dog Cantina - Gulfport

April 12, 2022 - Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park - Tampa

May 10, 2022 - Casa Santo Stefano - Tampa

Birthday wishes go out to the following SKAL Tampa Bay Members celebrating birthdays in November, December 2021, January, February and March 2022


Barry White - Nov. 02    Mari Czyszczon -Nov 10

Andre Brouillard - Nov 14    Masterson Dempsey - Nov 30

Danah Heye - Nov 19    Tom Holevas - Nov 27

George Hoch - Nov 30     Toni Koster - Dec 08

Cathy Lagrange - Dec 08    Gregg Nicklaus - Dec 18

Larry Butterfield - Dec 21    Crystal Talbert - Dec 21

Mark Hubbard - Dec 29    Lyndsay Brunstetter - Jan 03

Colette Florido - Jan 09          Thomas Fraher - Jan 14

Missy Hahn - Jan 26    Jen Carlisle - Jan 31

Lisa Mansell - Feb 01      Eric Class - Feb 02

Kim Brussow - Feb 09    Bill Linville - Feb 09

Kathleen Slaven - Feb 15    Larry Fontana - Feb 22

Danielle Reeves - Feb 22    Eric Braendel - Feb 23

Lisa Faller - Mar 01          Rajesh Khubchandani - Mar 04

Sulan Richmond - Mar 11    Mike Gruendel - Mar 21

Edward Shevitz - Mar 29    

SKAL International Tampa Bay | Founded 1959
Executive Committee and Board 2021 

            Steven Rodriguez, Pres. 

 Kylie Diaz, Dir                  

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

            Kristina Alspaw, Past Pres.

            Colette Florido, SUSA Rep.

  Sonny Flynn - Dir

 Missy Hahn, Dir.

 Eric Class, Dir.

 Bill Linville, Dir.

  SKAL Tampa Bay Executive Secretary/Treasurer
                          Steven Rodriguez                               

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