Skål London news - January 2016

Skål London news - January 2016

Skål London news – January 2016

Dear Skålleagues,

How time flies and while nearly, if not already at the end of January 2016, it is still not too late to wish everyone, your families and friends a happy, peaceful and successful year ahead. Above all let’s hope the New Year will prove more peaceful than 2015 which saw such terrible and destructive terrorist attacks in Europe and around the World.

Skål works closely with the IIPT – the International Institute For Peace Through Tourism – to spread the word that we should all be ambassadors for peace through our work in the travel, tourism, hospitality and aligned businesses. Anyone interested in ‘’doing their bit’’ to help Skål London to fulfil the objectives of Skål International and the IIPT should contact our Secretary, Mr. Paul Follows, at:

Since our last Newsletter we have enjoyed a delightful and most enjoyable Christmas Lunch held in one of the private dining rooms at the excellent Villandry Restaurant on Waterloo Place, London S.W.1. Some fifteen members and guests sat down to tuck into a delicious traditional lunch of smoked salmon, followed by turkey, Christmas pudding with all the trimmings and not to mention the odd glass of vino!

We have already settled on the date for this year’s Skål London Christmas lunch so please enter into your diaries: Thursday 8th. December 2016. Mark the day and be sure to book your place early when the Eventbrite booking form is circulated and invite a guest or two to join you and fellow Skålleagues.

Your executive Board held its first meeting of the year on the 14th. January when we focused our discussion on membership development opportunities, marketing plan and the organisation of the Club’s meeting programme for the year.

Membership: attrition and retention is always a critical issue as is the introduction and induction of new members. At the time of writing many of you have yet to renew your membership so if you are one of those who has still to send us your cheque, or, transfer funds to the Club’s bank account, please may we ask you to give this your urgent attention. We will also be telephoning and conducting a membership survey during February aimed at giving members a greater voice in Skal London’s affairs and its future direction.

The "member get member" approach to membership development is still one of the most effective and productive methods of building our community and we would ask that EVERY member contributes their energies to the membership development programme in this way. There will be recognition and prizes for members efforts. So, for further information please check our website and for any collaterals contact a member of the Board, or, email:

Our current membership stands in at around 55 members so simple arithmetic dictates if each one of us invites a business colleague and, or, an associate to join we would soon see our total number returning to the 100 plus level. This year’s challenge for all!

The AGM is on Thursday 28th. January and we look forward to welcoming and seeing you on the day. At the time of writing we are looking for a new Treasurer as Robin Jackson is standing down from the job after a long period of service in the role. So, if any member has the inclination and time to take on the treasurer’s not too onerous responsibilities, or, indeed any role on the Board then please contact Secretary Paul Follows.

Dates for your Diary:

  • Thurs. 28th Jan 2016-Annual General Meeting, Rutland Room, Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St. James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR. We expect 20/25 members. Followed by an after party for member networking. Guests invited.
  • Thurs. 18 February – Alpine Club: Presentation and reception, London.
  • Thurs. 25 February – Skal U.K. Annual General Meeting – Gatwick.
  • Day/s Date March TBA - Weekend Trip to Paris.
  • Thurs. 31 March - Responsible Tourism in India evening. Venue etc. TBA.
  • Thurs. 28 April – Member Networking + new prospects, Antelope, Belgravia.
  • Thurs. 19th. May - Spring & Veterans lunch, Westminster College, London.
  • Thurs. 19th. May - Presentation – Oman or South Africa NTO, or, similar.
  • Thurs. 23 June – Summer Party & Membership Promotion - Venue TBA.
  • Thurs. 28th. Jul. - ‘A Walk In The Garden’ – Visit to Kew Gardens –
  • No Meeting
  • Fri. 23 – Sun. 25 Sept. – Skal UK National Assembly, Belfast, N.I.
  • Tues. 27 Sept.- World Tourism Day – Event to mark TBA.
  • Sat, 22 Oct. – Visit / tour - Bank of England, Threadneedle St. London
  • Sat. 29 Oct. – Wed. 2 Nov.- Skal World Congress in Monaco
  • Mon. 7 – Wed. 9 Nov – WTM’16 - Skal Stand and daily evening event.
  • Thurs. 8th Dec. Christmas Lunch – Villandry, Waterloo Pl.,
January 2017
  • Thurs. 26 Jan.’17 – Annual General Meeting, Venue TBA

Website: : While great improvements were effected to the Skal UK National website due to budget reasons we were unable to do as much work to update our London website as would have been liked. However, during the course of 2016 and subject to funding, we plan to make improvements and if any member would like to contribute any ideas, recommendations and, or, cash sponsorship to the project then please contact Secretary Paul Follows.

New Members Welcomed:
Ms. Virginia Palla, introduced by our Vice-President Mr. Brian Donnellly, and Young Skalleague: Mr. Adam Reeves, who joined via Skal International’s membership webpage following WTM’15.

We will have more information about their respective business interests and contact details in the next edition of the Newsletter.

Some good news that despite all the strife in certain parts of the world, in the past year global visitor arrivals increased 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1.18 billion, according to research conducted by UNWTO. The result means that the world's destinations welcomed an additional 50 million overnight visitors last year, compared with 2014. And 2015 marks the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals having increased 4% or more every year since 2010.

Thank you once again for your time.

Yours in SKÅL,
Paul A. Hoskins
President, SKÅL International London