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Skal New Orleans 8th Annual Industry Update - Tuesday, June 20th

Date: Tuesday, June 20

Location: 8th Annual Industry Update The National WWII Musuem

June 21 2023 | Skål Monthly Meetings



Our 8th Annual Industry Update is in two weeks...Tuesday, June 20 at the U.S. Freedom Pavillion: the Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum.  We are anticipating 300 industry professionals in attendance this year!

Our Keynote Speaker is Don Welsh, President and CEO, Destinations International.  A seasoned tourism executive with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Don Welsh has held positions with almost every sector within the travel and tourism industry.   Destinations International is the global trade association for convention and visitors bureaus and tourism boards.   Walt Leger, President & CEO of New Orleans & Company, will join Don to discuss navigating our industry today and forward.

As an added reason to attend this very special meeting, immediately following our program, all attendees are invited to stay to experience the Expressions of America outdoor sound and lights exhibit...well worth the extra 20 minutes to see this fabulous show!


Networking begins at 5:30 pm
Dinner/Program begins promptly at  6:30 pm 
Expressions of Amerca - 8:15 pm

Please enter the museum, you MUST use the Special Events entrance at 1043 Magazine St. - see map attached. 

There is only a limited amount of complimentary parking spaces available across the street in the museum's indoor garage due to a large group at the hotel.   However, there are several pay parking lots nearby...more details to follow.

Here's the list of Skal Members who have RSVP'd thus far...the asterick* means they are seated at an advanced purchased table

  1. Renee Aragon Dolese*
  2. Meg Baird*
  3. Stu Barash + 2 from Skal USA
  4. Brett Bares
  5. Marc Becker*
  6. Dottie Belletto*
  7. David Bilbe
  8. Terrie Birkel
  9. Lisa Blount
  10. Bonnie Boyd*
  11. John Boyd*
  12. Peter Boylan*
  13. Michael Brinks
  14. Gina Chimeno*
  15. Frank Christian
  16. Jim Cook*
  17. Danny Conwill
  18. Kristin Crawford
  19. Sandra Dartus*
  20. Jill Dimarco*
  21. Mavis Early*
  22. Kyle Edmiston*
  23. Terry Epton
  24. Denise Ferrier-Mavor +1
  25. Betsie Gambel
  26. Cathryn Giff
  27. Dr. Yvette Green*
  28. Al Groos*
  29. Daniel Hammer + 1
  30. Cindy Hayes + 1
  31. Tim Hemphill*
  32. Greg Hoffman*
  33. Donna Horowitz
  34. Gary Huettman
  35. Christopher Jordan
  36. Kevin Kelly*
  37. Jill Kidder + 4
  38. Valerie Landry*
  39. Sandra Lindquist
  40. Diane Lyons*
  41. Bobbi Mannino*
  42. Stacey Messina* + 1
  43. James Mollere*
  44. Donna O'Daniels*
  45. Bart Pouwels
  46. Dennis Pearse
  47. Pamela Pipes + 1
  48. David Piscola*
  49. Claudette Pitre*
  50. Sharon Reuther*
  51. Steve Richer + 1
  52. David Rome + 4
  53. Mark Romig*
  54. Ed Sakakeeny
  55. Michael Sawaya*
  56. John Schoup*
  57. Ernesto Schweikert
  58. David Spear
  59. Terry Sullivan
  60. Lois Sutton + 1
  61. Jim Szeszycki + 1
  62. Kristi Taglauer + 1
  63. Andrea Thornton*
  64. Steve Trotter*
  65. Stephanie Turner*
  66. Megan Uram
  67. Holly Valenti*
  68. Peter Van Dusen + 1
  69. David Villarrubia
  70. Rick Vita + 1
  71. Pam Vitrano*
  72. Judy Weitz*
  73. James Williams*
  74. Susan Zimmermann*


A FEW TABLES ARE STILL Bobbi for more info.

Presenting Sponsors

Visit The Northshore
New Orleans & Company 
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 
P.J.'s Coffee 
The National WWII Museum

Premium Location Tables

Hilton New Orleans 
Hosts Global 
Visit Lake Charles 

Reserved Tables of 10

BBC Destination Management/Alamo Services 
Greater New Orleans Hotel Lodging Association
GrayLine & New Orleans Steamboat 
Harrah's Hotel & Casino 
JW Marriott 
Marriott Hotels 
Mid South Women In Tourism Table 1
Mid South Women In Tourism Table 2
Mid South Women In Tourism/ Fallo
Miles Partnership
Port of New Orleans
Signature Events 
UNO Hotel Restaurant & Tourism 
Valentino Hotels & Sightseeing
Visit Baton Rouge/Access Destination Services


Individual Non-Member Tickets -  $85 


For Skal Member RSVP, go to 

For all "Active" members, the cost of an individual ticket is included in your annual dues. The cost for Life & Retired Members is $70.  To pay online, please contact and request an invoice which can be paid by credit card.

If you would like to purchase additional individual tickets for your staff or clients @$85, just contact for an invoice to pay online or mail a check.