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Skal International Sydney Wed 11 April – Dinner at the Apprentice Restaurant

Theme: Out of Africa

Guest Speaker: Martin Edwards – GM Bench Africa

With the Skal 2018 World Congress being held in Mombasa, Kenya we are excited to have Martin Edwards, the GM of Bench Africa, as our Guest Speaker. Martin will talk to us over dinner about tourism trends and challenges in Africa as well as give is his personal tips on making the most of your African adventure. As an added bonus, The Apprentice Restaurant will serve us a ‘Kenyan Inspired’ cuisine.

Ever since a young child, Martin has been fascinated with Africa – its landscapes, wildlife and people.

Martin first went to Africa in 2001, beginning his journey in Nairobi, Kenya. He spent the next 3 months backpacking alone, using only public transport to travel the 4,000 km to Cape Town, South Africa. Each country Martin visited offered something completely different.

Returning back to the UK, Martin wanted to share his love of Africa, working at a family owned and run tour operator, where he was a part of an Africa specialist team. During this period of time, Martin became the Africa & Egypt product manager and given the task to grow sales in a region which was becoming ever more popular.

Following five incredible years, Martin took the leap of faith, leaving the UK and headed for a new life in Australia.

In 2008, Martin joined Bench Africa (then Bench International) as the NSW Sales Representative.  Moving to the position of National Sales Manager and Sales & Marketing Director, Martin advanced to the role of General Manager in 2012.

In recent years, Martin joined the Council of Australian Operators (CATO) committee, where he now sits as Vice Chair.

Since that first trip to Africa, Martin has been lucky enough to return on numerous occasions, including a flying safari around Namibia, exploring the waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, viewing the dancing lemurs of Madagascar, travelling around South Africa in five star luxury as well as experiencing the awe-inspiring landscapes around East Africa. Away from safaris, the ancient history and secrets of Egypt has also been a drawcard with over a dozen separate visits.

Martin feels very lucky to be doing what he loves, and to have an amazing team of specialists working around him. He is committed to responsible travel, and regards extensive travel for the whole Bench Africa team as essential – helping everyone to keep up to date and give the best advice possible.

Event Details
Wednesday, 11th April 2018
The Apprentice Restaurant, Room 731, 695 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 200
6pm - 8pm
Friday, 6th April 2018
Mike Lillie
Tel: 0408 817 554
Per Person
Member Price: $60.00
Guest Price: $60.00
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