Helen Wong: Show Me the Images

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Helen Wong's Tours, the leading China specialist is inviting travel writers and photographers who have travelled with Helen and her company to submit their favourite anecdotes and photographs from their experiences in China and Indochina.

In return, Helen, who pioneered travel to China for Australians, will select a number to appear in next year's celebratory brochure and/or the new-look website, launched earlier this year.

"We want everyone who has travelled with us to join in the celebrations," said Helen. "Many of Australia's leading travel writers have experienced and enjoyed our China and Indochina products and we want them to be a part of a very special year for us," she said.

"I am privileged to have travelled with the cream of Australian writers over the past 24 years and I want them to share the celebrations with myself and the Helen Wong's Tours team."

For more than two decades 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.

Since Helen opened the first 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 - grew 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. Helen Wong's Tours has been repaid for its professionalism with swags of travel industry and business awards - lauded by colleagues, industry heads and journalists who have had the privilege to work and travel with Helen.

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 Sydney-based agency was named among Australia's top 100 fastest-growing private companies by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Business Review Weekly, a prize treasured by Helen Wong and her team.

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 and was also commended for outstanding achievements in sales.

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, an event which was roundly applauded by the more than 200 attendees.

As a result of the AGM, Helen was crowned Communicator of the Year by the association's national writers. In the years to follow, Helen and her thriving company collected a few more prized trophies as tourists from Australia to China steadily increased, thus strengthening the wholesaler's growth.

Recently Helen reached another milestone. She was presented a plaque by the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration for bringing 200,000 Australian visitors to Shanghai.

Details: Helen Wong's Tours, phone (02) 92677833, helenwongstours.com

Details on submissions contact Mike Smith
Public Relations Manager
(02) 92677833
email mike.smith@helenwongstours.com