Skål International Paris January highlights

The first Tourism (Artistic) Talent Review

Tourism has talent. The professionals showed it during a unique evening, at the initiative of Karine Coulanges, President of Skål International Paris and Patrick Pourbaix, General Manager France Benelux, of which Tour Hebdo was the partner, in the premises of MSC Croisières on Thursday 19 December 2019. 

In the opinion of all the participants it was a super evening and a very successful first edition and everyone is already waiting and preparing for the next edition in 2020. 

Tanja Duhamel (Alma Mundi) singing Dalida, Eka Montcarré (Indonesian Tourist Office) on guitar, Patrick Pourbaix (MSC Croisières) as a super crooner, a unique duet between Emmanuelle Llop and her daughter... and many other artistic talents from the tourism industry were on stage on 19th December at “La Passerelle” in the premises of MSC Croisières. We made some great and very nice discoveries.

Despite the strikes, the first edition of this unprecedented event brought together nearly 100 people, all (or almost all) artists for a day. A great success and a great atmosphere that convinced the organizers to repeat the experience in December 2020! 

This event was organised by Skål International Paris, with MSC Croisières, Air France, Martinique, the EPC Champagne House and Tour Hebdo.

Video of the event


Maintenance of Florimond Volckaert’s grave

Skål International celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2019. Florimond Volckaert, member of Skål International Paris, Club n°1 formed in 1932, became the first President of the AISC (International Association of Skål Clubs).

He is considered the 'Founding father' of the largest association of tourism professionals in the world, today called Skål International.

He is buried at Père Lachaise cemetery and we thank Skål International Paris member Bruno Pelletier who takes care of the monthly maintenance of the grave, which is regularly visited by many Skål members from all over the world.

Maintenance of Florimond Volckaert’s grave