About Skål

Skål International

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.

The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.

Skål International today has approximately 17,000 members in 400 Clubs throughout 80 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.

Skål International is governed by an Executive Committee of six members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year. This allows members first-hand observation of the travel and tourism potential around the world.

Skål Anthem:

Skål, Union linking every land, Long may we prosper and expand, Health, joy and happiness our goal, Friendship fraternal! Skål, Bond of peoples understood, One worldwide creed and brotherhood Joyful we sing with heart and soul Heaven bless our Skål!


Be a trusted voice in travel and tourism.


Through our leadership, professionalism and friendship, work together to achieve our Vision, maximise networking opportunity and support a responsible tourism industry.

Young Skål

Young Skål

Young Skål is a category of Skål International especially for students and young professionals directly related to the travel and tourism industry.

Young Skål is a student or young professional non-profit making organisation which is directly related to the hotel, tourism, leisure and passenger transport industry. Young people are bringing to Skål their innovative power and they will benefit from the experience of the active members who may become prospective employers. In the hard competitive world, as Skål embraces all sectors of the tourism industry, it can act as an oasis free of competition, where they can find protection and support and they might even meet their mentors!

Young Skål members have the opportunities in areas related to the travel and tourism industry.

The Skål motto is: “Doing business among friends”.

Young Skål Cape Town meets on a monthly basis where we hold a cocktail function, or we meet for dinner. At these functions, we network, have fun and get to know one another and about the different segments in our industry.

Young Skål members are also invited to the main Skål lunches, where they are able to meet and network with the elite in the tourism industry.

You must be at least 20 years of age and not older than 29 and agree with and accept the objectives and regulations of the Young Skål Group. You will be required to complete a membership form, which must be submitted together with an ID photo, a business card (if available) and membership fee to the Young Skål President Cape Town.

You can get the membership form by emailing or contacting:


The mission of Young Skål is to enrol, all persons training or working in the sale and/or promotion of the tourism worldwide, into the movement. The objective is to welcome them into the world of Skål International and to familiarise them with Skal values ie. Friendship, Peace, Solidarity and promoting Goodwill in the tourism industry, thus ensuring that once a managerial position is reached, the young skålleague will continue to support the movement strongly, its ideals and principals and being a leader, to proactively transform the environment in which he / she lives.