Board Talk with Paul Gardiner

CEO Mantis Collection & MD Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Throughout our footprint, guests enjoy luxury hospitality, while experiencing living the Mantis mantra: Man and Nature Together Is Sustainable

In this Board Talk Paul Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Collection & MD of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, shares his family’s journey of building a truly sustainable hospitality business over the last 30 years: The Mantis Collection. The Mantis Collection is a leading conservation-focused luxury hotel group that focuses on responsible business practices and developing tourism experiences that preserve the environment and communities in which they operate. Acclaimed for its pioneering work in development, management and education, their business model successfully combines responsible tourism, conservation and adventure into truly one-of-a-kind travel experiences. In addition to the Group’s story and his personal journey, Paul also provides insights into the impact of biodiversity, lessons learned and his outlook for the future.

Paul Gardiner

CEO Mantis Collection & MD Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Paul Gardiner is the CEO of the Mantis Group, a group of luxury hotels, eco-lodges and waterway experiences located around the globe. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Worldwide Experience, and Partner and Global Master Licensee for Bear Grylls location-based entertainment. He serves as a non-executive director of Camp Kerala and Legacy Ventures. Prior to becoming CEO of the Mantis Group, Paul held multiple executive roles at the company in both South Africa and the UK. Paul started out as a game ranger on his father’s wildlife reserve, Shamwari in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1996.

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