For nearly 25 years, Helen Wong’s Tours has been prominent in the Australian travel market creating and developing a contrasting range of holiday itineraries for independent and group travellers to China.
It was appropriate that during Beijing’s hosting of the Summer Olympics in 2008, the respected travel wholesale company celebrated its 21st birthday. The company’s achievements had reached gold medal level, thanks to the work and experience of 20 or more Australian staff and 30-strong crew in China. In recent weeks, the travel company reached another milestone by organising holidays for 200,000 Australian travellers to Shanghai.
Since company founder Helen Wong opened the agency in suburban Sydney in 1987, the popular businesswoman has approached her work with plenty of passion, dedication and professionalism. For her initial efforts, the company – its headquarters are now in the heart of Sydney’s CBD – has grown dramatically with the addition of a program dedicated to touring Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The company also caters for travel to vibrant Hong Kong and multi-cultural Macau.
Over the years, Helen Wong’s Tours has been repaid for its professionalism with a swag of travel industry and business awards – lauded by colleagues, industry heads and journalists who have had the privilege to work and travel with Helen and her team.
In 1993, Helen tailored an exclusive itinerary for former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret, ultimately escorting the couple on a study program in a People’s Republic previously veiled by mystery and intrigue. Two years later, the China specialist was named among Australia’s top 100 fastest-growing private companies by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Business Review Weekly.
In 1996, Helen was further rewarded for her efforts by reaching the finals of the coveted – and very competitive – Telstra-sponsored Businesswoman of the Year. Qantas Airways also announced that Helen Wong’s Tours had joined the top 10 supporting agents in NSW.
The accolades continued when Asian airline Dragonair voted Helen Wong’s Tours the best agent in consecutive years – 1999 and 2000. She also successively bid to host the 25th annual general meeting of the prestigious Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) in Shanghai. Helen was crowned Communicator of the Year by the association’s national writers.
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