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Skal Orlando Young Skal Program Distinguishes Itself As One of Strongest Young Skal Programs Worldwide

            Young Skal Chairperson Tania Imani, second from right and Skal Orlando Young Skal Members

 

         ORLANDO, Florida (July 5, 2022) —   Ranked as the second largest Skal Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando is proud to have one of the strongest Young Skal programs in Skal worldwide, providing membership, professional networking, mentoring and experience for students studying hospitality management in Central Florida at institutions of higher education such as the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

         The Young Skal Program at Skal Orlando began in 2012 with Skal Orlando Past Presidents Barbara Kenney and Carlton Hudson, and Tom White, Past President Skal Orlando and Skal USA meeting to formulate a program for those studying to be in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry and at the same time, build the future membership of the club and the future professionals of the industry.  Since then, more than 40 students studying hospitality management have been welcomed by Central Florida industry leaders and mentors to assist them with their knowledge and experience. 

         Young Skal has grown to become an integral part of Skal Orlando with Tania Imani, Young Skal Chairperson, at the helm for the last two years.  With Imani’s leadership, the Young Skal Members are active in each and every monthly meeting held at a variety of hotels, restaurants, entertainment and sports venues through Central Florida.  They actively network, sell raffle tickets, and several times a year manage an extensive silent auction to raise funds to send one or two Young Skal Member(s) each year to the Skal International Congress. Young Skal Members are also paired with a Skal Orlando member as mentors to meet several times a year for professional advice and for important professional introductions.

         In May 2022, Imani took on a major leadership role in the Skal North American Congress (NASC) held in Orlando with more than 120 members in attendance from throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  She and her Young Skal team helped set up and work registration, managed Gala Dinner seating, Opening Cocktail reception check-in, and technical operations for all major presentations throughout the three-day Congress.

         “We are so proud of Tania and our Young Skal program,” said Steve Vinciguerra, President of Skal International Orlando.  “She has truly set the bar for what Young Skal programs should be and at the same time has made our club stand out and distinguish itself in building the future of our industry.”

         According to Vinciguerra, Skal Orlando has done much to personally meet with Young Skal members while also giving them job shadowing and internship opportunities.  Several have hired Young Skal graduates in their hotels, restaurants, and event venues in professional areas such as front desk, marketing, social media, events and call center operations.  Many Young Skal members have moved up in their careers elsewhere in the U.S. and in other countries due to their experience with Skal Orlando.

         Skal International President Burcin Turkkan also acknowledges the strength of the Young Skal Program in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry.  During a recent interview with eTurbo News (ETN), she said “With the Young Skal Program we are fulfilling our responsibility to invite young people to join our industry and show them they will have a good future in it, with the great network we are providing.”    

         Skal is the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally. For Skal Orlando membership information, contact Barbara Kenney, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at[email protected]

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             Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE OF IN-DEMAND MEETING VENUES AND SPEAKERS

ORLANDO, Florida (March 14, 2022)  —  Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has announced its schedule of meetings and speakers, encompassing the best of the hospitality, travel and tourism industry in Central Florida.

The schedule of monthly meetings for members and guests includes:

Skal Orlando Meeting Venues and Speakers For 2022

April 19 – Spring Mixer Meeting at Grand Orlando Resort Celebration.

May 12 – Sharks Underwater Grille at SeaWorld Orlando.  Speaker:  Kelly Flaherty Clark, Vice President Zoological Operatives, Discovery Cove.  Meeting in conjunction with the North American Skal Congress (NASC) 2022 Congress being hosted by Skal Orlando and with Skal Member guests from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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June 21 – Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant on International Drive.  Speaker:  Maria Triscari, President & CEO, International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce.

July 19 – Summer Mixer Meeting at Towne Place Suites Orlando Airport.

September 20 – Citrus Club Downtown Orlando.  Speaker:  Allen Johnson, Chief Venues Officer, Orlando Venues.

October 21 – The Alfond Inn Winter Park. Special Dinner Celebration for 50th Year Anniversary of Skal Orlando.  Spouses Invited.  Speaker: Burcin Turkkan, President of Skal International.

November 15 – Fall Mixer Meeting. Starflyer/Sling Shot/Drop Tower International Drive.

December 3 – Christmas Gala.  Spouses invited.  Hilton Orlando on International Drive.  Silent Auction and Entertainment.

“We are excited to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year and take great pride in partnering with our local travel and tourism community in everything we do,” said Steve Vinciguerra, Skal International Orlando President. “We have top industry executives speak to our members and guests each month while meeting at the best venues Orlando has to offer.”

Skal Orlando is the second largest Skal Club in the United States. For membership information, contact Barbara Kenney, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at [email protected]

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    Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

ORLANDO, FLORIDA CHOSEN AS SITE FOR MAY 2022 SKAL NASC CONGRESS

       ORLANDO, FLORIDA CHOSEN AS SITE FOR MAY 2022 SKAL NASC CONGRESS

  NORTH AMERICAN TRAVEL, TOURISM, HOSPITALITY CONFERENCE FOR SKAL USA

 

                  Prestigious Industry Event To Feature TV and Podcast Rockstars

 Anthony Melchiorri and Glenn Haussman from Hotel Impossible and No Vacancy Live!

 

                                                                

                                  Pictured from left: Glenn Haussman and Anthony Melchiorri

        

                  

ORLANDO, Florida (March 22, 2022) —   Skal International Orlando, the second largest Skal Club in the U.S., has announced that Orlando has been selected by the Joint Management Committee NASC (North American Skal Clubs) as the site of the 2022 North American Skal Clubs (NASC) Congress from May 13-15, 2022.  The event was originally scheduled for May 2021, but rescheduled for 2022, due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Headlining the Congress as featured luncheon speakers will be Anthony Melchiorri from the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, a world-renowned hospitality industry expert and business fixer, and Glenn Haussman, founder and host of the No Vacancy Live! Podcast, No Page 2 . . .  Skal NASC Congress 2022 To Feature TV and Podcast Rockstars

Vacancy News Today and publisher of novacancynews.com.  Haussman has been named #1 Hospitality Social Media Influencer and #1 Hospitality Podcast, attracting the biggest names in the hospitality industry.  Melchiorri is also known for hosting Hotel Impossible: Five Star Secrets, Hotel Impossible Showdown and Extreme Hotels programs.

Both Haussman and Melchiorri keep the hospitality, hotel and tourism industry informed and engaged, and have helped organizations and companies maneuver through the last two years of industry crisis due to Covid 19.  They will receive Skal USA’s Industry Leader Award, the organization’s highest award, during the NASC Congress Gala Dinner, for their unwavering support to the industry during the pandemic. Receiving the prestigious award before them were Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association and Christopher Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA.

The Skal NASC Congress is attended each year by Skal Delegates from Skal Clubs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  The annual conference features speakers on travel, tourism and hospitality trends, a Skal USA business meeting, networking and best industry practice sessions, social events and optional destination tours.

“We are extremely proud to showcase the Orlando travel destination to our Skal colleagues all across North America for this prestigious conference,” said Skal Orlando President Steve Vinciguerra.  “It is truly an honor for Skal Orlando, Skal USA and the City of Orlando to have Glenn Haussman and Anthony Melchiorri share their wisdom with us and receive Skal’s top recognition for all their efforts for our industry.”

Skal is the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information on Skal Orlando, go to www.skal orlando.com and for more details on the 2022 NASC Congress, go to https://orlando2022nasc.com/.  For more information on Skal USA, go to www.skalusa.org.

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    Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS FOR 2022

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS FOR 2022        

 

ORLANDO, Florida  (Jan. 21, 2022)  —   Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has officially installed its slate of officers for 2022 as follows:

  • President, Steve Vinciguerra, Senior Manager, Tourism Sales, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • Vice President, Frank Fry, General Manager, Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando
  • Secretary, Jesse Martinez, General Manager, The Alfond Inn at Rollins College
  • Treasurer, Jeff Swirsky, General Manager, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Tom White, former Skal Orlando and Skal USA President.
  • Skal USA Representative, John Stine, Vice President, Business Development, Beachy

“Our club is extremely fortunate to have such talented and visionary officers for 2022  They are highly-accomplished industry leaders representing Skal locally, nationally and internationally with great pride,” said Skal Orlando President Steve Vinciguerra.

For more information on Skal Orlando, go to www.skal orlando.com or email Membership Development Officer Barbara Kenney at [email protected]

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Press contact Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

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Membership in Skål is open to qualified persons in a senior or executive position in the travel and tourism industry.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Skål International just download the pdf by clicking the button below, complete the application and mail it to Skål International Orlando.

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