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.

Published in Paparazzo
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.



Published in Paparazzo
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.

Published in Paparazzo
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.

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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.

Published in Hot Topics
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.

Published in People
Tuesday, 10 May 2022 19:56

Skal to Shakespeare

After a ‘double whammy’ caused by the construction of Auckland’s City Rail Link and the Covid pandemic, Shakespeare Tavern owner Sunny Kaushal sees this week as the ‘new beginning’ for the iconic pub.

Hosting the Skal Auckland Club lunch yesterday was a portent of better things to come for the tavern, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

‘This week is really the start of a revival after going into Orange because the last two weeks have seen people leave town for Easter and Anzac weekend,’ says Kaushal. ‘Then next week we are kicking off our formal anniversary celebrations.’

Kaushal gave fellow Skaleagues an update on the last few difficult years but is focused now on a positive recovery – especially with new hotels soon opening in the vicinity.

‘We’re still here and we’re getting back slowly,’ he adds.

Published in Paparazzo
Monday, 07 February 2022 15:27

Skal Auckland's February lunch

The New Zealand Government's recent border announcement, and what’s ahead for the industry in 2022, were hot topics among attendees at last week’s February Skal Auckland industry lunch held at Annabelle’s Restaurant in St Heliers.

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