The mission of Young Skål is to enrol all persons training or working in the sale and/or promotion of tourism worldwide into the movement. The objective is to welcome them into the world of Skål International and make them familiar with its 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 principals and being a leader, to proactively transform the environment in which he/she lives.
Are you Investing in the Future of your Club? Young Skål is the Answer
1. What is Young Skål?
Young Skål: The Future of Skål
Young Skål Groups were set up by Skål International in 1999 with the aim of creating a greater awareness of Skål International by those young people studying for or training in the various sectors of the travel and tourism industry,
At the time of creation, the definition of Young Skål and its relationship to Skål International was given as follows:
The Objectives of Young Skål agreed were the following:
The first Clubs were established in 1999. A number of them worked well and others not so well. Some were happy to stay closely connected to the local Skål Clubs and others felt that they should have a life of their own. Some were happy to be involved with the local Club and others felt that the age gap in certain cases was too great. Another problem which arose that some Young Skål Groups consisted mainly of a particular class in a tourism school and when term ended they went in all directions looking for experience and left the Group devoid of members and trying to establish a Group all over again. There was also a difficulty in getting membership fees paid due to the transient nature of the Groups.
It was clear to the Executive Committee that while the principal of Young Skål was good, in practice it was not working as it should. The Executive Committee therefore took the project back to the drawing board and in Durban in 2004 it was agreed that a new category of Young Skål within Skål International would be created. The Objectives of Young Skål remain the same as outlined earlier in the document above The principal differences to the original project are the following:
Skål cares about young professionals and students in tourism and, as mentioned above, has created a special category in order for them to be able to join Skål. Many Clubs provide scholarships for students in tourism. Young people are bringing to Skål their innovative power and they will benefit from the experience of the active members who may become prospective employers. In the hard competitive world, as Skål embraces all sectors of the tourism industry, it can act as an oasis free of competition, where they can find protection and support and they might even meet their mentors!
Skål Clubs should take care when selecting Young Skål members to ensure that the management intentions and potential are clearly evident to avoid situations whereby Young Skål members have to leave the Club at the age of 35 because they are not eligible for Active membership.
To facilitate the international connection which Young Skål members can have by being members of the local Skål Club, an adjustment will be made to the Skål International website, “members only“ area so that all Young Skål members can be selected by country, thus enabling a greater international networking opportunity between them.
Finally, returning to the reason for Young Skål, Clubs should be fully aware that the principle is to create a greater awareness of Skål among young people studying for or training in the industry and to make Active membership in Skål a natural progression. Like Skål members, Young Skål members should be encouraged to use the “member get member” approach to increase membership in their Club.