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Skål history

In 1932, a group of travel people determined to found a permanent organisation whose primary aim would be the creation of goodwill and friendship in travel and transportation circles throughout the world.

Shortly after the inauguration of the first joint Swedish and French air service between Stockholm and Paris in 1932, a group of travel people from the French capital were invited to make an exploratory flight over the new route. The welcome they received in Stockholm led to many pleasant friendships. Realizing the importance of closer relationships among those who strive to develop and promote both national and international travel, the men who made the flight to Stockholm determined to found a permanent organisation whose primary aim would be the creation of goodwill and friendship in travel and transportation circles throughout the world.

The Paris Skål Club was formed on 16 December 1932, with Rene Genestie as President. On 27 April 1934 twelve other Clubs from five countries had been formed and Florimond Volckaert conceived the idea of uniting them into an international organisation. The "Association Internationale des Skål Clubs (A.I.S.C.)" was created on 28 April 1934 in the Hotel Scribe and Volckaert became its Founder President.

On 27 April 1934 a cocktel was held in the "Cintra Bar", which served to "warm up" the atmosphere, after which dinner was had at the Pennsylvania Hotel. This meal will always be remember has a "marvellous culinary experience, with cascades of speeches". Afterwards there was a reception at "Scherezade" for a glass of champagne and they were able to appreciate good music for hours.

On 28 April 1934 the working sessions were held and it is for this reason that it is considered as the founding date.