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Skål International

Skål International

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.

 

I am currently a member of The Pretoria Skål club in South Africa, after being transferred from the Midlands Skål club where I valued the encouragement and amicable from the various members.  The international friendship and close personal contact of Skål must be experienced to be appreciated.

Skål is all about  “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.

Travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia, founded the first Club in 1932 in Paris. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.

Skål International today has members in over 500 Clubs throughout 90 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.

Membership of Skål is open to managers or executives directly involved in tourism management, sales and promotions, in specified travel and tourism businesses, including: transportation (airlines, cruise lines, railways, ferries), travel and tour operators and agencies, tourism organisations, governments and non-government tourism councils, hotels, convention centres, travel media; etc.

Young Skål is open to junior executives and tourism students entering the industry. This is a way for us to welcome these young persons into the world of Skål International and make them familiar with it’s values, friendship, peace, solidarity and promoting common, local and international interests in the tourism industry, thus ensuring that once a managerial position is reached, the young skålleague will continue to support the movement strongly, its ideals and principle and being  a leader, to proactively transform the environment in which he/she lives.

One-to-One

One-to-One

One to One begins with a phone call

I need to get to know you and a little more about your accommodation establishment.

Thereafter we can begin working on ways to improve your guests’ experience, align your sales and marketing team/campaign with your vision and take it from there.

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Ancient rock art

Ancient rock art

The Rock Art safari in South Africa is one of the most treasured safaris on offer.  Rock art is precious; it tells of the first inhabitants of our land, their paintings are mystical, sacred and the artists have long vanished. However these paintings were never sold and priced whist the artists lived and I wonder if they ever thought they would never see them again or that they would not be able to pass the art of the rock art to  generations to come. So we are left with the most valuable original art ever that time will erase – this is the awesome artistic tale of people who roamed the entire Wilderness of Southern Africa.

The Rock Art must be viewed at its source to grasp its value.  This Bushman / San handiwork is Africa’s oldest rock art and, as an archaeological relic, cannot be, sold, bought or exported which is why we invite you to our unique galleries in the Sandstone hills, under mountain rock-falls and behind rocky outcrops in Southern Africa.

Rock Art safaris begin with your flight into O.R. Tambo International airport (Johannesburg, South Africa) or Cape Town International (Cape Town, South Africa)

  • 4 days / 3 nights choose 1 location from list below
  • 6 days / 5 nights 2 locations from list below
  • 8 days / 7 nights 3 locations from list below
  • 12 days / 11 nights 3-4 locations from list below
  • 14 days / 13 nights 4 locations from list below
  • you want to see all the rock art sites in South Africa and time is not a problem  from 14 -21 nights, tailor made tours available on request.
  1. The Waterberg (Limpopo)
  2. Soutpansberg (Limpopo)
  3. Golden Gate (Free State)
  4. The Drakensberg (KwaZulu-Natal)
  5. Montague (Western cape)
  6. Eastern Cape
  7. Uniondale (Western Cape)
  8. Karoo (Western Cape)
  9. Cederberg Mountains (Western Cape)
  10. Vanrhynsdorp (Western Cape)
  11. Kimberley (Northern Cape)
  12. Kalahari (Northern Cape)

Your Rock Art Safari may also extend into our neighbouring Countries of Namibia, Botswana and subject to our safety advisors, Zimbabwe.

Contact us about the SADC rock art safaris.

Let’s do Tourism

Let’s do Tourism

I like tourism and if we promote South Africa to both domestic and foreign tourists, then I like that even more.

When Margie Whitehouse suggested this, I was all ears… Chief Marketing Officer of SA Tourism, Margie Whitehouse, said that the’ We Do Tourism’  was not a campaign but a movement driven by SA Tourism but owned by South Africans who realised that “tourism is the shining beacon of hope in our economy”.

To listen to the full webinar, click here.

Tailor-made Safaris

Tailor-made Safaris

Nothing beats a Holiday destination when the venues, lodges and locations have been chosen to suite your taste and needs.  Some of the best travel agents reside in South Africa, when they are friends they go the extra mile, since efficiency and service is what sets a tailor-made safari apart from going on safari!

Beach Safari

Beach Safari

Remote beaches are hard to come by, island beaches are a little easier to find, but those beaches that offer turtle nesting sites are very special and although more often than not, tourists have to endure midnight walks along sandy beaches to see such a sight, a beach safari can also include sun, and surf and rock pools.

Primate Safaris

Primate Safaris

The primate safaris are specialized safaris with a conservation motivation behind taking such a safari. Only reputable companies with ethical guides should be considered.

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris

Chosen for their remote locations, many of the lodges are destinations in themselves.  A wilderness safari is more about the surroundings, the scenic beauty, the unspoilt landscape. Some honeymoon destinations are included in the Wilderness safaris portfolio but many wilderness safari lodges are built with privacy and families in mind, it all depends on what the preference is.

Wildlife Safaris

Wildlife Safaris

Perhaps the most recognized would be The Kruger National Park, however films have portrayed the Serengeti to be the best, actually, a wildlife safari is all about where you are traveling from, how much time you have and what your personal preferences would be.

Battlefield and Historical safaris

Battlefield and Historical safaris

If you only want to visit the famous battle sites of Isandlwana and Rorkes drift then that is where we will recommend you visit, but if time permits, or if you would like to visit the sites that have contributed to land we call South Africa then perhaps you could consider the monuments and routes early pioneers took and create an unique Historical Safari as the journey you take will overlap with the other safari sites.