first_imgBench InternationaleventsnetworkingSkal International Sydneytravel industry So authentic was Skål International Sydney’s aim for its latest networking dinner, held on Wednesday 11 April, that not only was Africa aficionado and Bench International md, Martin Edwards, engaged as Guest Speaker, but the restaurant hosting the event was asked to research and create a menu of delicious Kenyan fare, to showcase the country which is hosting the Skål World Congress, in Mombasa, later in the year.“We wanted to hold an African themed event” said Walter Nand, Skål International Sydney President, “but we couldn’t find a suitable venue with African cuisine so we asked The Apprentice if they could do it”.The Apprentice Restaurant Student teamThe Apprentice Restaurant is TAFE Ultimo’s training restaurant, and the menu, thanks to the talents of the chefs and the hospitality team, garnered high praise, indeed, from Martin Edwards.“The food here has been fantastic, it’s probably the best Kenyan cuisine I’ve had, and I’ve been [to Kenya] a few times,” he said.Entree – Marinated grilled chickenGuests began with an entree of Marinated Grilled Chicken, charred corn heirloom tomato and bean salsa, followed by Spicy Goat Stew with rice and roast vegetables, and dessert of Coconut and Sweet Potato Pudding, passionfruit ice-cream and plantain bananas.Martin Edwards provided guests with an overview and update on destination Africa – including pricing, availability, safety, and stability of the region – while providing his own expert insights into tourism trends and challenges in Africa, and personal tips on making the most of an African adventure.Suggesting low season travel in Africa is as rewarding as high season, Mr Edwards succinctly made the point that, “… when you’re looking for an elephant, it doesn’t matter if the grass is long or short, you’ll see the elephant!”“Price doesn’t dictate the experience. Yes, you can spend incredible amounts of money and have incredible experiences, but that doesn’t mean you have to,” he said.Martin EdwardsSpeaking on the upcoming Skål World Congress, being held in Mombasa, Kenya, later this year, Mr Edwards gave the assurance that coastal Mombasa, renowned for its beautiful, and award-winning, beaches is “…safe and secure, and the local police and tourist police are always looking out for the guests.” A bonus for Congress attendees, he added, is that the timing of the event aligns with the end of Kenya’s spectacular and unmissable wildebeest migration!TAFE scholarship winners Edwin Ali & Michael Chen with Walter Nand SIS PresidentEnjoying the evening with other guests were Skål International Sydney TAFE Scholarship winners Edwin Ali and Michael Chen. After seeing the positive impact of the sponsorship of these TAFE NSW Tourism and Hospitality students, Skål Sydney has committed to continue its fundraising to provide sponsorships again for students studying in 2018. South African Airlines provided some South African wine for the evening which was raffled on the night to go towards Skål International Sydney’s fund raising endeavours.Keep up-to-date with Skål Sydney’s future events HERE. Walter Nand President and Melinda Brown Vice President, Skål International SydneyFor more information about Skål International Sydney phone 0424 093 028, email waltern.skal@gmail.comWant to know more about Skål International?Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål”.Skål International today has approximately 15,000 members in 354 Clubs throughout 82 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.TOP IMAGE: Walter Nand with Martin Edwardslast_img

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