PNG Loses Great Tourism Ambassador
Papua New Guinea lost a great tourism ambassador with the sudden passing of Bob Martin. The late Robert William Martin (1947 - 2005) was commercial manager - marketing for PNG's national flag carrier Air Niugini until he collapsed and died on July 30 near the summit of PNG's highest mountain - Mount Wilhelm (14,800 feet). Bob as he was affectionately known by family, friends and everyone he touched with his life was trekking Mt Wilhelm with his sons' Ben and Tim. Bob who first came to work in the airline industry from Australia in 1969 loved Papua New Guinea and died doing what he loved. At his funeral service, wife Elaine said: "This (PNG) is his true home and it is fitting that he died up here." Best mate Murray Jones described him as a "quiet, compassionate and dignified man" who had an unfailing belief that he could make a difference in life and he did make a difference. We at the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority have also been touched by Bob's life through our close working relationship. Until is passing, Bob was a member of the TPA Board. His death is indeed a great loss to the tourism industry because he believed passionately in this country, which he loved so much. On behalf of the Board, management, staff and the tourism industry as a whole, we pass our deepest heartfelt condolences to Elaine, Ben and Tim on the passing of their beloved husband and father. May he rest in peace.
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