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Thursday, 11 July 2024 23:42

Skal AKL’s USA 4 July celebration

Skal Auckland celebrated 4th of July a day early with a lively event at the Longroom in Ponsonby on Wednesday evening. A highlight was the raffling of a $1000 voucher presented by Delta Air Lines. There were also backpacks, amenity bags and other goodies up for grabs by fellow sponsors – Visit Anaheim, Air New Zealand, Hawaii Tourism, United Airlines and Canuckiwi.

The club also officially welcomed new member Amin Foladi. The club’s next event will be on 1 August at Auckland Pullman Hotel and will feature guest speaker Viv Beck, CEO of Heart of the City.

  • Skal Akl July 24 1Jillian Brodie, Travel Managers Group; Maree Robinson, Hawai’i Tourism; Lisa Linn, Visit Anaheim; Alison Hopkirk, Delta Air Lines
  • Skal Akl July 24 2Mike Hearn, American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand; Leanne Cheesman, United Airlines
  • Skal Akl July 24 3Joanne Saunderson, NZ Travel Brokers; Tony Smith, Amanda Savill, both Francis Travel Marketing
  • Skal Akl July 24 4CJ Lowe, Air New Zealand; Rafa Sandoval, Flight Centre NZ, Karen McCardle, Canuckiwi


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Saturday, 08 June 2024 23:22

Cruise panel: Inter-gen groups still on-board

The key trends of inter-generational travel and staying close to home continue to be drivers in the cruise industry, according to speakers at yesterday’s Skal Auckland lunch at Grand Millennium Hotel.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 22:10

Networking, canapés and BBQ economics

Auckland Skal members, guests and others in the industry gained insights into business journalist Liam Dann’s career, learn a bit about BBQ Economics (the title of his new book) and had a chance to ask a few questions at the club’s April meeting recently.

Along with what Dann says is one of the most frequent questions he is asked around the barbecue (what’s happening with interest rates / when and how far will they fall)\?) he was quizzed on subjects ranging from how to combat tourism and travel’s workforce challenges and what is the future of traditional media in New Zealand.

The event at Hotel Britomart included the usual opportunities for networking over a couple of drinks and nibbles.

  • Skal1MC for the evening Paul Dymond, Wendy Wu Tours; with new members who were presented with their badges on Thursday night… Benedikt Bouillon, Habit Consulting and Richard Gamlin, Jetpark (Photo: Gina Paladini)
  • Skal3Alison Sharp, TMG; Jonas George, Air Vanuatu; Anita Gatley, TMG
  • Skal2Author Liam Dann with Louise Levesque, The Travel Corporation; Daniel Wright, Tourism Australia; Alex O’Connor, Qantas
  • Skal4Arnold Aaron, Edwin Saldanah, STAAH; Paul Leigh, Eurovista; Damien Spurdle, Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre
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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:25

Industry bowled over in day of fun

More than 50 participants rolled up for the annual Skal Auckland Travel Industry Bowls Tournament on Friday.

After an afternoon of action and fun at Pt Chevalier Bowling Club the TAANZ Cup for first place (15 ends to one) was claimed by Island Time Flyers.

Troubled Defectors (14-5) took the Lloyd Tremain Cup for second place, while the SKAL Cup and third place went to Fijian Flingers (10-8).

The day also included raffles and other chances to win prizes. In a closest to the jack competition, Cruise Ain't For Wimps won and accommodation prize upgraded to a three bed apartment for two nights, sponsored by Quinovic. Priscilla Allington of 360 Beach Babes won a night at QT Auckland with breakfast.. Ana McKearney from Tourism Fiji won an Interislander voucher to the value of $500.

  • Skal Xmas Bowls23 2Three of The Troubled Defectors… winners of the Lloyd Tremain Trophy, Tony Smith, Francis Travel Marketing; Tim Butcher, Travel Directions and Adam Butcher
  • Skal Xmas Bowls23 3The third placing Fijian Flingers and the Skal Trophy at the Travel Indstry Bowls Tournament – Anna Mckearney, Tom Svensen, both Tourism Fiji; Felicia Verma, Fiji Airways; Sonya Lawson, Tourism Fiji
  • Skal Xmas Bowls23 4Ready to bowl. The Island Time Flyers who went on to win the tournament... Matt Taylor, Island Time; James Lesley; Fran McDermott, Island Time; Jonas George, Air Vanuatu
  • Skal Xmas Bowls23 1The 360edge Beach Babes.. Sally Brassell, Jemma Vinsen, Roshan Kencalo and Priscilla Allington



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Saturday, 15 July 2023 00:59

Celebrating all things USA

Skal Auckland’s 4th of July celebration was a couple of days late but that didn’t hamper festivities when members and guests got together at the Longroom in Ponsonby early July. A number of USA suppliers, including airlines and tourism offices, gave short updates and put up some ‘merch’ for raffles.

  • Skal Ak 4 July 1Chris Ingram, Memphis Tourism; Jonas George, Air Vanuatu
  • Skal Ak 4 July 4Paul Dymond, Wendy Wu Tours; Brittany Homan, Fiji Airways
  • Skal Ak 4 July 2Louise Sutton, Flight Centre; Tony Smith, Francis Travel Marketing
  • Skal Ak 4 July 3Skal Auckland president Megan Singleton, Blogger at Large; Stephen Tanner, Delta Airlines; CJ McCarthy, Air New Zealand

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Wednesday, 01 February 2023 04:09

Skal CHC kicks of 2023

Skal Christchurch began its 2023 events yesterday with lunch in the sun at the Commodore Hotel; where the Patterson family has just celebrated 50 years of the hotel. 

Ironically, the last time the club meet at the hotel was the club’s 50th - also celebrating member Peter Morrison as Skal  World President 2020 with the Skal International executive in attendance.

Celebrations were again order of the day this week, with Leighton Cameron being presented with the Christchurch Skalleague of the Year award. Club president, Victoria Wales says Cameron has taught her all about the Skal spirit and is dedicated to everyone in the club.’

Wales also welcomed new members to the club including Emma McDonald, ChristchurchNZ; Greg Cooper, Christchurch Casino; Thomas Patterson, Hotel Montreal; and Jo Simpson, HIND Management.

  • Skal Chc 23 3Jo Simpson, HIND Management; Rick Crannitch, Mayfair Hotel; James Wilson, Novotel Christchurch Airport; Leighton Cameron, PAE NZ; Chris Foubister, Wyndham Garden Christchurch
  • Skal Chc 23 1Christchurch Skalleague of the Year, Leighton Cameron; with Skal Christchurch president Victoria Wales
  • Skal Chc 23 4New members… Thomas Patterson, Hotel Montreal; Greg Cooper, Christchurch Casino; Jo Simpson, HIND Management; Emma McDonald, ChristchurchNZ;with Victoria Wales, president, Skal Christchurch
  • Skal Chc 23 2Briar Nash, Christchurch Airport; Mel Wong, Christchurch NZ; Krissy Griggs, South Pacific Helicopters; Kate Baxtera, Pure Pods
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Saturday, 06 August 2022 00:20

Luxon speaks at Skal AKL

Thursday’s Skal event with Chris Luxon as guest speaker attracted some 70 people, from travel retail and wholesale, hotels, airlines, outbound operators and the inbound sector. Read what Luxon had to say here.

  • Skal Luxon1Harmeet Seghal, NZ Business Traveller; Derek Bachelor-Cook Kiwi Rail; Margaret Spiro, Travel Industry Mentor Experience
  • Skal Luxon7Alita Holdaway, JNTO; Peter Manase, Manase Travel Studio
  • Skal Luxon5Anmol Gulati, Park Hyatt Auckland; Josephine Do, Crown Institue of Studies; Michael Shah, Northern Club
  • Skal Luxon6Michael Shah, Northern Club; Megan Singleton, Skal Auckland president; Christopher Luxon, Leader of the Opposition
  • Skal Luxon2Jacqui Wilkinson, White Glove Experiences; Paul McGowan, Stunning Makeovers
  • Skal Luxon4Rachel Brown, Park Hyatt Auckland; Jams Doolan, Hotel Council, Victoria Wales, Christchurch Skal president
  • Skal Luxon3Paul Dymond, Wendy Wu Tours; Dave Coombes, Flight Centre; Nigel Pilkington, former Skal world president
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Saturday, 06 August 2022 00:08

Luxon's advice to industry

The travel and tourism sectors have been urged by Leader of the Opposition, Chris Luxon to take the future into their own hands and then work with the government of the day to enable those plans.

Speaking at the Skal Auckland Club lunch at the Northern Club on Thursday, Luxon said it was time to for the industry to think more strategically than it had in the past.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2022 04:07

Travel club in good shape

New Zealand’s five Skal Clubs have come through the last two years holding membership and are now starting to see numbers increase, says Skal International New Zealand president Sally Attfield.

The fellowship orientated club for travel and tourism professionals held its national AGM and congress in Wellington over the weekend, which also marked the 65th  anniversary since the club started in the city.

The highlight of the event was a dinner at the Grand Hall in Parliament.

Published in Industry News
Tuesday, 14 June 2022 03:50

Victoria victorious

Vic Wales, HOT Events, Christchurch was named the New Zealand Skalleague of the Year on Saturday night – the first recipient of what is set to become an annual award.

Wales, currently Christchurch Club president, was recognised for the work she does across the industry as well as Skal. She is active in public relations around the club, and organises events such as the popular annual Trivia nights. She has also been active in promoting Young Skal.

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