About Skal International



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, Skål leagues 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 and 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. As in other associations of professionals (such as Rotary, Oddfellows and Lions), most Skål activities take place within the Clubs, but the movement also features National and Area Committees coming under the umbrella of the A.I.S.C. (Skål International), which has its own Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.



Skål is managed by an Executive Committee of nine members, elected by Club delegates to the General Assembly, which is held in conjunction with the World Congress. This five-day Congress is hosted by a different country each year, thus offering members and their companions the opportunity of observing, first-hand, the travel and tourism industry potential of other countries.

About Skal Jacksonville


Skal International Jacksonville was founded May 10, 1968 with the mission to promote hospitality and tourism on Florida's First Coast.  Today Skal Jacksonville is 40 members strong and growing. Our members are the NE Florida Leaders in the Hospitality Industry.  Check out the Directory tab to meet our leadership team and members.


Skal Jacksonville hosts monthly dinners at the best locations around the First Coast on the third Thursday of each month from 6-9 pm.  Skal is an invitation only organization, but we love to include potential new members each month.  Check out the Directory tab for someone you may know and attend as their guest or contact Michael at 904-501-4556 or michael@sabnj.com for more information.


Doing Business among friends is the Skal International Motto.  Promoting Hospitality and Tourism is the Skal Mission.  It you are a Hospitality Professional, Manager or higher with at least 3 years in the hospitality industry consider joining Skal International Jacksonville.