Friday, 17 September 2021 00:55

Skalleague of the Year award

A New Zealand Skalleague of the Year Award is being launched to recognise a member who has made an exceptional contribution to the club in this country.

Nominations will be accepted from the five regional Skal Clubs (Auckland, Wellington, Te Tauihu, Christchurch and Queenstown).

Published in New Zealand
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 01:48

Skal CHC holds AGM

Skal Christchurch held its AGM at the Pavilions Hotel recently and Rebecca Rosie from The South Island Office was elected in as treasurer to join the existing executive officers – Catherine Blanchfield GCH Aviation, president; Victoria Wales, HOT Events, vice president and Nikki Rogers, Service IQ, secretary. Kate Blundell from Collective Concept was voted on as a committee member, joining existing members – Todd Schmidt, Bruce Garrett, Cathy Hemsworth and Kim Chan.

This month’s event will be in conjunction with the New Zealand AGM taking place at The Canterbury Club on Thursday 25 March. Members from throughout New Zealand are welcome, and can contact the club on for registration details.

Published in Paparazzo
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:17

Skal Nadi marks New Year

With Skal Nadi’s Christmas Party being cancelled due to Tropical Cyclone Yasa in December, the New Year’s event was the first time members had been able to meet for just on two months.

The meeting was held at a Nadi Skaleague’s restaurant, Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant at Port Denarau where owner Amy Subam arranged a menu of traditional local cuisine. About 30 people attended, including the entire Nadi-based membership. The acting CEO of Tourism Fiji, Robert Thompson was the official guest and gave an update on the latest news from the organisation.

Published in Pacific Islands
Wednesday, 09 December 2020 00:05

Christmas bowls roll-up

The Auckland weather came to the party after a damp morning for yesterday afternoon’s Travel Industry Bowls, with 12 teams competing in 30-minute bursts and some individual prizes going too. The first winner of the day was the Broken Mash team, who took out a $50 bar tab for being best dressed.

Organised and sponsored by Skal Auckland, the tournament included lunch and prize giving. The event was held at West End Bowling Club. Major prizes included stays at Park Hyatt and a trip with KiwiRail.

Published in Paparazzo
Monday, 12 October 2020 21:59

Big turn-out for lunch with friends


Strong interest in the new Park Hyatt Auckland as a venue added to the strong turn out at yesterday ‘travel and tourism lunch with friends’, SKAL Auckland’s monthly function. But there was also an obvious desire for travel industry people to catch up again after a trying couple of months in the city.

President Michael Shah says the 50 available spots sold out in record time, with 21 guests joining the contingent of SKAL members. ‘We had a waiting list very early on,’ says Shah.

The occasion included the opportunity to look around the hotel, which opened with last month with views over the viaduct and back towards the CBD.

Published in Paparazzo
Thursday, 13 August 2020 23:04

Return of travel industry bowls


A New Zealand travel and tourism industry tradition will return this year, with the Auckland Skal bowling tournament scheduled for Thursday 3 December.

Published in New Zealand
Saturday, 08 August 2020 02:35

Skal makes it Matamata

It was a Skal lunch to suit the Covid times yesterday – good networking and tasty traditional food at Matamata Memorial RSA, but planned to suit a budget. The venue also meant Skaleagues from Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty could all meet at one place. The day included raffles, a two course meal and cash bar (all at RSA prices), with sponsored transport from Auckland, with Hallmark, for those who wanted it.


Published in Paparazzo
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 05:44

SKAL AKL post-Covid catch up

It was less formal and possibly a bit more subdued than usual, but at least SKAL Auckland found a bit of normality with a catch up at The Good George bar at North Wharf late last week.

About 20 members of the travel fellowship and friendship organisation shared Covid lockdown stories and talked about what the future has to hold.

Published in Paparazzo
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 01:07

‘Bellissimo’ for Skal Auckland

Popular Mission Bay restaurant, Mamma Mia was the venue for Skal International Auckland’s annual Italian lunch last week.

Published in Paparazzo
Thursday, 03 October 2019 23:04

‘Industry...can still do more together’

More consultation and work between the travel and tourism industries and educators is necessary to make real change in the teaching of the subject in schools – and in the perception people hold towards travel and tourism as a career path, the SKAL Auckland club heard yesterday.

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