Spotlight On: Martyn Menke from Brazil and Mohamed Hussein from Egypt
Get to know travel business owners and Global Discovery members Martyn Menke from Jacaré Travel in Brazil and Mohamed Hussein from Crew Tours in Egypt.
Please tell us all about yourself?
Martyn: I am originally from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I am the founder of Jacaré Travel, a Brazilian destination management company, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have been doing business in Brazil for ten years.
Mohamed: I am Egyptian and the owner of Crew Tours Egypt with more than 25 years expert experience in tourism. My country has so many interesting things to see. It is my job to make sure everyone visiting Egypt has the most memorable trip.
How are you connected to the Global Discovery group?
Martyn: Rob and Hans invited me soon after I started to work with them at Avontuur.nu six years ago. I enjoy Global Discovery very much and would like to remain a member of this organization. It is a great network to share experiences and ideas about the travel market and clients.
Mohamed: I was connected to Global Discovery from the beginning. I was the tour operator handling Egyptian programs for Shoestring and Koning Aap owned by Rob and Hans. Over the last several years we have worked closely together exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences. In Global Discovery we have a strong bond as colleagues without being competitors.
In which countries do you operate and what are your strengths?
Martyn: We operate all over the vast country of Brazil and in Buenos Aires and northern Argentina. We are strong in creative solutions and in organizing and delivering nature oriented trips.
Mohamed: I am a tour operator for incoming clients to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Dubai, Oman and Morocco.
What do you think are the advantages of being a Global Discovery member?
Martyn: The most important advantage is being part of an international network of companies in the same industry without being each other’s competitors.
Mohamed: As I said above, Global Discovery is a great forum for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences as colleagues, not competitors.
Have you visited any of the Khiri Travel countries and what do you think of our region?
Martyn: None of the Khiri countries yet, but I hope to visit Southeast Asia very soon.
Mohamed: No, not yet. It will be really interesting to explore this region.
Will you be attending WTM London ’14?
Martyn: Yes. See you in London!
Mohamed: Yes, I’m attending and will be present at the GD stand. I am looking forward to meeting our partners from all over the world.