Europe's Voice of Tourism

70 Years Skal Salzburg and First Midterm Meeting of Skal Europe – a Great Celebration!

April 12 to 14 the combined meeting of Skal Salzburg and Skal Europe took place. Hotel Pitter Imlauer where also the official 70 Years Celebration took place and Hotel Wyndham Grand gave phantastic offers for the rooms and Skal Austria and Skal Salzburg supported the cost for participation. The concept of an evening package including food, drinks and all entertainment for a very reasonable price and individual consumption at the other events turned out to be very successful, especially as also at the side events drinks were sponsored partly and Salzburg City Marketing gave Salzburg Cards for the international participants for free.

During the official Midterm Meeting of Skal Europe on Saturday, April 13 President Franz Heffeter could welcome participants from various countries, apart from the Austrian clubs, especially Italy (where Skal Salzburg has a partnership with Venice and Suedtirol), Hungary and Spain. Participants were especially interested in information about the work in the different committees. The possibility to meet personally and not just online as we do it regularly was highly appreciated.

Especially for the international participants Skal Europe President Franz Heffeter arranged a special tour on Sunday around the fortress high above the city with a beautiful view over the very heart of the town. Salzburg is quite often called the Rome north of the Alps and especially in the old city there is a church around every corner, one more beautiful than the other. Franz who is a historian by education himself gave a trip through these churches with centuries of history.

Skal International Salzburg and its President Christoph Nake showed fantastic dedication to membership for the idea of our community when arranging an impressive Gala Evening. The Austrian Skal Tourism Quality Award was presented to General Conductor Elisabeth Fuchs from Philharmonie Salzburg. Elisabeth is not only a great and internationally renowned conductor but fosters also programmes for children sparkling an interest in music and learning an instrument themselves which is so important, especially in our new digital and artificial world.

Skal Salzburg is not only the largest Skal club in Austria but is also recouping again from the losses during the pandemic. The average age of the active members is about 45 which is the same with Skal Linz and Skal Salzkammergut the other extremely dynamic clubs in Austria. Skal Vienna which will celebrate its 90th anniversary reported attracting successfully, especially new Young Skal members.

It was great that Skal Europe could combine the Midterm Meeting with these marvellous days which were awarded with “Kaiserwetter” of bright sunshine and up to a very unusual 30°C!