Thursday, 13 August 2020 23:04

Return of travel industry bowls


A New Zealand travel and tourism industry tradition will return this year, with the Auckland Skal bowling tournament scheduled for Thursday 3 December.

Published in New Zealand
Saturday, 08 August 2020 02:35

Skal makes it Matamata

It was a Skal lunch to suit the Covid times yesterday – good networking and tasty traditional food at Matamata Memorial RSA, but planned to suit a budget. The venue also meant Skaleagues from Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty could all meet at one place. The day included raffles, a two course meal and cash bar (all at RSA prices), with sponsored transport from Auckland, with Hallmark, for those who wanted it.


Published in Paparazzo
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 05:44

SKAL AKL post-Covid catch up

It was less formal and possibly a bit more subdued than usual, but at least SKAL Auckland found a bit of normality with a catch up at The Good George bar at North Wharf late last week.

About 20 members of the travel fellowship and friendship organisation shared Covid lockdown stories and talked about what the future has to hold.

Published in Paparazzo
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 01:07

‘Bellissimo’ for Skal Auckland

Popular Mission Bay restaurant, Mamma Mia was the venue for Skal International Auckland’s annual Italian lunch last week.

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 23:04

‘Industry...can still do more together’

More consultation and work between the travel and tourism industries and educators is necessary to make real change in the teaching of the subject in schools – and in the perception people hold towards travel and tourism as a career path, the SKAL Auckland club heard yesterday.

Published in Hot Topics
Thursday, 06 July 2017 19:11

SKAL celebrates 4th of July

Memphis and Nashville are two destinations that agents should be promoting to clients who have already done the West Coast and major cities in the United States, Consul General Melanie Higgins told SKAL Auckland yesterday.

But when it comes to a place a little more off the beaten Kiwi track, Savannah, Georgia comes up tops for the diplomat.

Higgins was a guest speaker at the SKAL Auckland lunch, which had a 4th of July theme, despite being held a couple of days later.

Published in Americas
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 01:55

Skal CHC charity event

Skal International Christchurch is hosting it’s first charity event for Māia Health Foundation.
Taking place on Bastille Day this Mid Winter Charity Dine and Dance will have a touch of the red, white and blue.
Christchurch Club president, Bruce Garrett says the club felt it was time to have a fun evening of wining, dining and dancing.

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Friday, 21 April 2017 00:29

Skal Christchurch’s ANZAC luncheon

Christchurch Skal opened its arms to new members during a luncheon yesterday.
The fresh faces are Cathy Hemsworth from Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo and Avonmore Tertiary Academy’s Juliet Chilton. The lunch, hosted by Mantra’s Graeme Back at the BreakFree on Cashel, had an ANZAC Day theme. Vic Allen, CEO of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism and Tom Hooper, CEO of Canterbury Development Corporation talk,
attended the event. They discussed the merger of the two organisations into a single entity called ChristchurchNZ Ltd.

Published in Paparazzo
Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:41

SKAL eyes more members

Boosting membership numbers around the country is the key objective of SKAL New Zealand in the year ahead, says national president Leighton Cameron. The organisation held its annual general meeting, cocktail function and dinner at The Langham Auckland to coincide with the Auckland Club’s 50th anniversary over the weekend. Cameron says that with the exception of Christchurch, most clubs around the country have shown a lack of growth in recent times. ‘We intend to turn that around. We have 240 members throughout the country and that’s not many when you think tourism and travel are going so well right now.’ On the positive news front, the Nelson – Marlborough region now has a ‘fledgling SKAL club’, which is likely to become established this year. Cameron says one message the club is keen to keep promoting is its network of international travel and tourism industry decision makers and that SKAL is worldwide. ‘In New Zealand we often don’t see the big picture, but SKAL is an organisation that can really open doors.’

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