The Walshe Group celebrated its 40th year over the weekend at a company celebration in Manly. Staff from New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan flew in for working sessions in the morning and celebrations in the afternoon and evening. The theme of the birthday was ‘Endurance and Evolution’.
The day was opened by founder and stalwart, Rodney Walshe who began the company in New Zealand in 1976. “I believe we have been lucky over the years, but much of the last decades growth has to be attributed to current Managing Director, Jacqui Walshe whose steerage has taken the company to where it stands today,” said Walshe.
Managing Director and owner Jacqui Walshe shared her insights on the business, thanking staff, particularly those who have been with the company for decades. “Over 40 per cent of our staff have been with us for five plus years. We are seeing a company shift as we expand our destination division and have seen a substantial growth in this footprint over the last 15 years with clients today including Hawaii Tourism Oceania, NYC & Company, Visit Flanders, Oman Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority under our roof.”
The Walshe Group has over 120 employees in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. “I want to thank my employees and our clients who make The Walshe Group what it is, and look forward to what the next 40 years hold,” she said.
“The Walshe Group has survived global crises and dramatic changes in the way we travel and the way we market travel and tourism. Our theme of endurance and evolution is a nod to hard work, good people as well as the evolution in our company’s ability to adapt to the changing world around us and to continue to seek out best practice in whatever we do.”
“We have a number of long serving clients that have been with us for over 30 years and we are grateful and humble for those long-term partnerships”, she added.
Over the past few years we have rebranded, opened new offices in other countries and local cities and are working with new clients from ANA to Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and we are thrilled to continue our long-term relationship with clients such as Hawaii Tourism Oceania and Delta Air Lines.