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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

Skal Club News


April 13, 2020 - Virtual Meeting - Your Home

May 11, 2020 - Virtual Dinner with Young SKAL - Your Home

June 15, 2020-  Fort Harrison Hotel -  Clearwater

July 13, 2020 - Top Golf - Tampa

August 10, 2020 - The Karol Hotel - Feather Sound

September 14, 2020 - Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

October 12, 2020 - Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Clearwater Beach

November 9, 2020 - Salute to Tourism - Hotel Zamora - St Pete Beach

December 14, 2020 - The Tradewinds Island Resorts - St Pete Beach

January 11, 2021 -Installation Dinner - Belleair Country Club, Belleair

Birthday wishes go out to the following SKAL Tampa Bay Members
celebrating birthdays in May, June, July and August 2020
George Bentley - May 2

Julie Cortina - May 4


Rosemary Windsor - May 18


Oliver Kugler - May 22


JoLynn Lokey - May 26

Dannette Lynch - June 2

Ming Rogers - June 2


Robert Czyszczon - June 18


Sarah Haefner - June 30

Marvin Kirchoff - July 18

Peter Kreuziger - July 25


Fran Bartlett - July 28

Kristina Alspaw - Aug. 1

Steven Rodriguez - Aug. 17

    Linda Lawson - Aug. 22   Dan Peretz - Aug. 26
           Victoria German - Aug. 27
Welcome New 2020 SKAL Tampa Bay Members!                                                                                                     

SKAL International Tampa Bay | Founded 1959
Executive Committee and Board 2020 
                 Kristina Alspaw, Pres.              George Bentley, Dir.                  
                 Steven Rodriguez, VP  Dan Peretz, Dir.
                 Danielle Taylor, Sec.  George Hoch, Dir.
                 Mike Gruendel, Treas.  Hoyt Hamilton, Dir.

                 Ed Shaughnessy Past Pres.

                 Colette Florido, SUSA Rep.


 Fran Bartlett, Dir.

 Eric Class, Dir.


Skal Tampa Bay Executive Secretary/Treasurer
                          Steven Rodriguez                               

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