They were joined by 18 students who were keen to hear about the organisation. The Young Skal Club is the second in New Zealand, following in the footsteps of Christchurch, and a third in Wellington is in the planning stage. Skal member Peter Ashford, business tutor and industry relations at Crown Institute of Studies, Auckland, says Young Skal is successful in places like Istanbul and Vancouver.
It is open to 18 to 27 year olds who are training in travel and tourism, plus 18 to 29 year olds who are in the industry. ‘I thought about all the students in the city and people working in places like Flight Centre, other agencies, hotels etc and thought there must be literally hundreds of people who would potentially join young Skal.’ He says the organisation can open the horizons for young people via networking in the industry – both in New Zealand and overseas. ‘It gives them a larger environment for them to progress their working life.