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Helen Wong Achieves Life Membership Of The Writers’ Society

October 16, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Helen Wong’s long term relationship with the media has been rewarded with life membership of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.

IMG_0374In announcing the prestigious prize at the annual ASTW Awards Night at the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, the association’s president Bev Malzard praised Helen for the many commitments she made in supporting the society and its members over the past 26 years.

Among those achievements was the organising and hosting of two successful ASTW annual general meetings and accompanying Awards Nights in Shanghai which led to Helen winning the Communicator of the Year Award in 2002 and the Order of the Compass in 2009.

“She is truly a remarkable woman,” said Bev.

Helen, who founded Helen Wong’s Tours in 1987, has been a long-time public relations member of the ASTW and will continue to support the society and its 300 or more members in years to come.

On receiving the Life Membership, Helen, who was unable to attend the awards, said, “I’m so honoured to be included in this exclusive club (only 13 have been presented life membership since the society was founded in the mid 1970s). If my father was still around he would be so proud.”

On hearing the news, writers and travel industry professionals have rallied to offer their well wishes and praises.

“So well deserved Helen. Welcome to the club,” wrote former ASTW president and fellow life member Lee Atkinson.

“Congratulations Helen and thank you for your continued support,” wrote the incoming president Kerry Heaney.

Accor’s Gaynor Reid also chipped in by writing, “A well deserved award for a woman who has given so much to the society – we are lucky to have you amongst out membership Helen.”

Hunter Resort’s Philip Hele was another to sing Helen’s praises by writing, “I also endorse this wonderful lady. A true tourism professional – I love your work Helen.”

Long time writer member Ian McIntosh summed up by writing, “The society can count its blessings having a supporter of this calibre. An outstanding businesswoman, she is an example to all.”

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