Membership Benefits, Dues & Development Assistance

Why should I join?

The international friendship and close personal contact of Skål must be experienced to be appreciated. “Doing Business among friends”.  Skål is not a community organisation like Rotary or Lions, rather it benefits and develops the professional sector, while assisting the community at large. Skål is an Association of Tourism Professionals which encourages and creates a network of professionals around the world. It promotes seminars and conferences to strengthen the industry’s professionalism.

Through participation in local activities and events at all levels, members meet industry colleagues from around the world. Here, in an atmosphere of amicale, ideas, opportunities and industry matters, in general, may be shared on a personal and business level. Skål members should promote the organization, the formation of new Clubs and recruit qualified members.

What are the benefits of Membership?

  • Through contributions from Clubs around the world, the Florimond Volckaert Fund assists any Skål member in times of financial need or crisis.
  • The Skål International Membership Card entitles members to discounts at some participating outlets, provided by Skål Members. Skål USA Members discounts available now.
  • The network of Skål Members worldwide is now accessible via the Skål website in Information on members around the world is at your fingertips.
  • Skål Members are welcome at all meetings around the world. Wherever you travel, you can access a network of Skål friends and colleagues.
  • Skål News, a magazine published quarterly, is a medium for information about the organisation and an avenue for advertising exposure to 16,000 industry professionals.

TESTIMONIALS From Travel Industry Leaders

Chris Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA

Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S Travel Association

Barry H. Biggar, CDME, President/CEO, Visit Fairfax

Pat Moscaritolo, President/CEO, Greater Boston CVB

Jack Wert, FCDME, President/CEO, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB


Benefits on the national/Local levels

  • In the USA there are 50 clubs representing cities and regions throughout the USA,  with over 2000 members who are executives/ leaders in the different business segments of the travel and tourism industry
  • Once a month meetings with local club members offering networking opportunities
  • National/International Skål meetings where you get the opportunity to meet other Skålleagues in person
  • Quarterly newsletters on national/local activities
  • Quarterly educational webinars for members covering industry trends and relevant membership information
  • Affiliation with prestigious worldwide organizations such as US Travel Association, Destination International,  American Bus Association and many others

To become a member, please reach out to your local club and they can help you through the process. Click here to access the application on the Skål International website.

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Click Here to see the Skål Membership Handout


The Skål Toast has a long tradition and historically kicks off the beginning of a Skål meeting no matter where the county the Skål club calls home.  The Toast: Happiness, Good Health, Friendship, Long Life — Skål is spoke in the host county language, but historically at a international meeting, the toast is given in English, French and Spanish.  View the toast in all three languages.

Skål Boston’s Holiday Party with almost 300 attendees. President Ed Friedrich and their creative genius, David Colella, making a wonderful Skål Toast. Join with us in the Boston Skål Club Toast. 

Annual Membership Dues


Please contact the nearest Skål International USA club for more information on local and national dues. Click here for local Skål USA club locations.

  New Member Initiation Fee* Skål International Dues
Skål USA Dues Local Club Dues Total
Active/Associate Member
    $30 $65 $75 Varies $170
Retired/Life Member
    $0 $61 $75 Varies $136
Young Skål
    $5 $15 $13 Varies $33
Active Individual
    $30 $78 $75 Varies $183

*Subtract the “New Member Fee” from total amount for returning members


VP of Membership David Ryan, along with Director’s Jim Dwyer and Richard Scinta, are off to a great start launching a new Skål USA Club in Southwest Florida while assisting hospitality leaders in two communities developing new Skål USA clubs. Details below:

Skål Central California Club, Fresno, California area – On March 7 David Ryan and Jim Dwyer attended a successful club formation meeting near Fresno, California with club developers, Jackie Cross and Shera Rodrick.  First official meeting is scheduled for April 24. More info contact Jackie Cross.

Skål Phoenix, – It started with a March 8 visit by Skål USA Executive Committee members David Ryan and Jim Dwyer, who attended the membership development meeting in the Phoenix Arizona area. Skål USA Auditor, Art Allis, and Past Region 5 Skål USA Vice-President, Tom Moulton, were in attendance to give all organizational assistance. Incoming President Kate Heath organized a great kick off event, which helped launched Skål  USA 50th club in September 2018. Congratulations to President Kate, her officers and members for re-activating Skal Phoenix.  More info about joining the club, please contact Kate Heath.

SKÅL USA Membership Tools

Holding a Skål USA B2B Event.

Skål International – Atlanta holds an annual B2B event where regional tourism businesses are able to get to know each other and learn more about Skål USA Atlanta. Burcin Turkkan, Skål USA President, introduced the B2B event through a video showing this is a great membership recruitment idea. Please enjoy her video.  If you have events that your Skål club participates in, please send us pictures, or video of the event.

Skål International’s Road Map to 2020 Plan

The Skal International Executive Committee was tasked to develop a new visioning plan for Skal International and its members to ensure the continuing success of the organization.

Click here to download the plan