Message from the 2021 Skal Miami president Mrs. Karin Andersen:
Dear friends and partners,
In 2020 our hospitality industry was and is still facing a very challenging world due to the Covid19 pandemic. There were moments in 2020, when fear was greater than hope. But fear is not a positive counselor and blocks us from seizing opportunities. Trust in our industry, support of each other, innovation, resilience seen from our members, using our world-wide Skal network – are the backbone of our International Tourism Organization SKAL.
Like many businesses, we have pivoted our theme. From food delivery to front line worker assistance, from unemployment applications support, to creating new businesses. Our hospitality industry has been proud to step up where needed and we are bringing this energy into the new year. Let us focus on what matters most. That includes family and friends, health and happiness and the relationship we have built with people like you.
Since the vaccinations have started all over the world, we have hope, that the hospitality industry will return stronger and more sustainable than ever before.
The Skal Miami chapter has therefore conglomerated – together with the local FIU University and the Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean – cooperation between these entities.
The education of the next generation travel & tourism industry professionals is another focus point for 2021. Especially now, when plenty of young college students and first time job seekers are presented with a very difficult circumstance. It seems more critical then ever to support your Young Skålleagues. We ask you to offer either an internship or a job opportunity to these young hospitality workers. One thing is for sure – the world will need our services again in the near future.
Best wishes for the new year, stay healthy and that we might have the opportunity to travel and meet again soon.
Karin Andersen, President 2021
Skal comprises of over 16,000 members, 400 clubs in 89 nations
Skål is the only international organization which brings together all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry’s managers and executives, Skålleagues meet at local, national and international levels in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest.
Skal International, founded in 1932, is an international organization of hospitality professionals. Skal International Miami, was founded in 1950 and hosted the World Congress in 2019 with over 550 attendees from 43 nations on the RCCL Symphony of the Seas.
Skal International Miami club meets on the second Tuesday of each month for a reception ($35.00 p.p.). However due to Covid19 we had mostly zoom meetings and no dinner functions in 2020 with only a few receptions – incl. social distancing and masks.
The Miami chapter would like to support our local industry with a special annual fee.
regular annual fee: $140.00
special fee for unemployed hospitality workers and anyone who could use our assistance: $70.00 only
We thank you for your support and the opportunity to be part of the prestigious Global Tourism Association.
Karin Andersen, President