Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry managers and executives, meet a local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and persue 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 23,000 members in 500 Clubs throughout 87 nations. Most activities occur at local levels, 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 seven 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.

Membership in Skål is open to managers or executives directly involved in tourism management, sales and promotions, in specified travel and tourism businesses, including: transportation (airlines, cruise lines railways, ferries), travel and tour operators and agencies, tourism organizations, government and non-government tourism councils, hotels, convention centers, travel media, etc.

The word SKÅL has its origin in Skandinavia. In good old times SKÅL was a greeting up North, which was shouted at the entering stranger by simultaneous presentation of the SKÅL, the bowl with the welcome drink, as a sign of friendship.

Nowadays it it the toast every time Skalleagues meet.

The single letters of the word SKÅL have corresponding to this background the following meaning:

 
 
S sundheit for health
K kärlek for friendship
A aruger for long life
L lycka for happiness
 
 
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