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Skål Club

The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. 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 17000 members in 400 Clubs throughout 80 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. There are 3 clubs in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, including approximately 130 club members in Japan.

Young Skål

Skål International cares about young professionals and students in tourism. In 1999, Young Skål was set up 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, enabling them 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.

The Objectives of Young Skål

  • To develop friendship and common purpose between the students of the educational establishment, by participating in areas related to the tourism industry, but also in cultural, sports, travel and public relations activities.
  • To encourage and assist in the tourism education or experience of the members by participating in Skål activities and meeting Skål members.
  • To cooperate voluntarily in all Skål activities and the organization set up by the sponsoring Club.
  • To promote training opportunities for its members and to acquire professional experience with the support of the local Skål Club.
  • To ensure that its members are fully aware of Skål, locally, nationally and internationally.

Young Skål members are members of the local Club and dues are collected in the normal way. Young Skål should be represented on the board of the local Skål Club as observers. Young Skål members automatically have all the benefits of Active membership through the Skål International website.

Clubs may transfer Young Skål members who qualify to Active membership at any time, once eligibility has been established. Young Skål members may attend Skål World Congresses availing themselves of possible special discounts at the discretion of the host Club.

Young Skål members who leave the training institute and do not enter the industry or if employed depart from an industry position would cease to be eligible for membership. 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.

Young Skål members should also be encouraged to use the “Member Get Member” approach to increase membership in their Club.

Young Skål Club Japan (YSCJ)

Overview & Objectives
The Japan Hotel School organized Young Skål Club Japan in 2015 with 78 students. Young Skål Club Japan is expected to play a role to make the linage among the tourism industry and also to produce the potential member for next decades on Skål Club of Tokyo earlier formed in 1964.

Young Skål Club Japan originally established under the Japan Hotel School, the largest hotel institute in Japan, with its over 1,000 students. This is because to provide its students with wider perspectives, a variety of educational experience such as lectures, meeting or seminar related to hospitality field, and opportunities to handle the language skills on their own, or chance to observe the real world while in school department. The Young Skål Club Japan was thus organized only by the students in the Japan Hotel School.

The school absolutely seek for the possibility of inviting the participation of the industrial leaders to regular meetings and holing intercommunication with Young Skål Clubs in foreign countries.

The number of members

  School Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Member Classification Reg. Reg. Reg. Reg. Reg.
Members 1st yr. students Japan 30 29 29 40 38
studying abroad Canada 12 2 9 3 4
Australia 2 3 1 1 0
2nd yr. students Japan 33 31 24 36 32
Graduates Graduated 28 30 24 34
Total 77 93 93 104 108

※It is estimated that 36 members will be approximately added to the YSCJ in May 2020.
It is subject to an occasional change on number of students registered on list due to withdrawal or dropout from The JHS.


2015 Major Activities

July 4 2015

Inagural Ceremony held at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.

Mr. David Spence President, Skål Int`l Tokyo, presented Skal Certificate to Ms. Abe, the first YSCJ chairman. Mrs. Yong Sook Lee, President Osaka, Mr. Yoshiaki Bito, President Nagoya, Mr. Gerry Perez, PP. Skal Int’l Asia and Mr. Mamoru Kobori, VP, Japan National Tourist Office and other members attended the Ceremony.

October 28- November 1

Award was entitled to YSCJ.

Mr. Sally Cene, President Skal Int’l, presented “Diplome du Merite Skål” to Mr. Tsutomu Ishizuka at Skål World Congress 2015, Torremolinos, Spain.

December 4-6 2015

YSCJ was invited into Guam.

The two representatives of YSCJ called on Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Perez, Skål Int’l Councilor & Skål Int’l Asia, Immediate Past President, in Guam.

2016 Major Activities

February 9 2016

YSCJ interactive meeting was held.(23 YS)

Young Skål Club Japan held exchange in Manila, Philippines, with Ms. Patria Chiong, Past President & Int’l Councilor.

July 4 2016

A ceremony was undertaken to celebrate new members.

The ceremony designated new YSCJ leagues with 29 YS, 5 board members of Skål Club of Tokyo gathering. (Front law from the left) Attendees as Skål guests; Ms. Kayoko Inoue; Secretary, Mr. Fabien Clerc; Director, Mr. David Spence; President, Mr. Clifford Olson; Director, Mr. Victor Osumi; Sergeant-At-Arms, from Skål Int’l Tokyo.

June 14-17, 2016

Skål Asian Area Best Young Skål Club 2016 was awarded again.

The yearly Award was given to the YSCJ at Skål Asian Congress 2016 Singapore.

2017 Major Activities

January 27, 2017

YSCJ interactive meeting was held in Rome. (17 YS)

17 YSCJ members held an exchange meeting in Rome, Italy. Attendees as Skål guests are as follows; Mr. Antonio Percario; Int’l Skål Counselor Italy, Mr. Roberto Necci; President, Skål Int’l Rome, Ms. Nicole Cutrufo; Young Skål Chairperson, Skal Int’l Rome, Ms. Martina Ottaviani; YS Associate, Mr. Ippolito V. Mareri; Consigliere Board Member.

March 1-4, 2017

3 YS visited Guam with invitation by Mr. & Mrs Gerry Perez (2nd invitation)

Ms. Aya Miyazawa, Mr. Le Ton and Ms. Kaho Aikawa visited University of Guam, Tourist Spots and others, and met Skalleagues there.

March 13, 2017

Skål guest speech was thrown to YSCJ.

YSCJ invites Ms. Yukiko KAMIYA, representative of “Relais & Châteaux Japan”, as a visiting lecturer.

2018 Major Activities

January 19, 2018

YSCJ interactive meeting was held in Rome. (13 YS)

13 YSCJ members held a re-exchange meeting in Rome, Italy. Mr Antonio Percario- President Skal International Roma. Ms Alessandra Bertuzzi- Young Skal Member. Mr Fabio Succi Cimenti- Young Skal

January 31, 2018

YSCJ interactive meeting was held in Manila. (26 YS)

YSCJ invited Manila Skålleagues to hold re-exchange meeting in Manila, Philippines. Attendees as Skål guests: Ms. Patty Chiong Skal Manila IPP, Ms. Louie Pantaleon, Ms. Gabrielle Pantaleon Young Skal Manila.

February 15, 2018

Guest speech was thrown to YSCJ from Embassy Chancellor from Republic of Zambia.

Mr. Victor Mumba inspired the YSCJ with his speech related to the tourism principle and practice in Zambia.

June 20-24, 2018

Asia Area Best Young Skål Club 2018 was entitled at 47th Skål Asia Congress Macau.

Mr. Robert Sohn, Skål Intl. President, Mr. Tsutomu Ishizuka, President Skål International Japan, Ms Susanna Saari, Skal Int’l World President.

2019 Major Activities

January 29, 2019

Friendly call to Manila.

34 YSCJ had a cross-cultural exchange with Ms. Patria Chiong, Past President & International Councilor for Skål Philippines, as an annual event. Sincere understanding made among them regarding international affairs especially in Asia.

February 5, 2019

The third interactive meeting was held in Rome between YSCJ & Skal Rome.

23 YSCJ leagues hosted an lunch meeting in Rome, Italy. Attendees are as follows;
Mr. Antonio Percario – President; Skål International Roma.
Ms. Alessandra Bertuzzi – Young Skål International Roma Coordinator
Ms. Nicole Cutrufo – Former Young Skål International Roma Coordinator
Ms. Giada D’Aleo – Skål International Roma General Secretary
Mr. Jamie Kiyoshi Izawa – Skål International Roma Executive Committee’s.

May 17, 2019

Skål guest speech was thrown to YSCJ.

Lecture related to tourism development was offered to the 1st year student members by Mr. Naim Maadad, CEO Gates Hospitality. 18YS

October 4, 2019

Special guest speech was thrown to YSCJ.

Indication was potentially made as of its title “Nothing is impossible” for the youth carrer” Mr. Michael Kasch, GM, The Kahara Hotel & Resort Yokohama, 28YS

2020 Major Activities

January 28, 2020

Rome – 12 YS 12 YSCJ leagues organized an interactive assemble with Skal Rome in Italy.

Five attendees; The President of Skal Rome Antonio Percario with Alessandra Bertuzzi – Chairperson of YS Rome and YS Italy- Tito Livio Mongelli – Coordinator of Rome Skal Academy Gabriele Saija-.YS member,

January 28, 2020

Manila – 30 YS hosted dinner meeting

With Ms. Patria Chiong, Past President & Int’l Councilor for Skål Philippines and Ms. Anne Del Carmen Alveo Land Corp Sr. Property Investment Consultant

February 28, 2020

Tokyo -Special guest speech was thrown to YSCJ.

Indication was potentially made as of its title “Tourism of Lanka” for YSCJ members. Ms. Shamali, De Vaz, Managing Director of SILVERLINE TOURS PVT.

Message from Mr. Tsutomu Ishizuka, President The Japan Hotel School

We organized Young Skål Club Japan in 2015 with 78 students in our English course, whose classes are mainly taught by English-speaking teachers, in order that they have more chances to interact with top members in the hospitality and tourism industry. This is one of our educational trials to foster our students’ global-understanding.

Skål International is the world’s largest tourism organization of professional leaders of the tourism and hospitality industry, having 17,000 members in 400 Clubs throughout 80 nations. The Young Skål was set up by Skal International in 1999 as a new membership category to inspire young people for the industry, enabling them to join Skal in the future.

Since the inauguration of the club, the young members have been participating in such activities and events as intercultural session with the Skal clubs of Manila, Guam, Melbourne and Rome.

The government of Japan have raised its goal for annual inbound tourists by 2020 to 40 million and aimed at her becoming a tourism-driven country. In concord with this movement, we have been cultivating our students in attempt to generate human resources with internationally-minded eyesight and strong hospitality spirits. We expect your participation in our new approach to globalization.


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