Wel-Travel into liq­ui­da­tion

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SPE­CIAL­IST Aus­tralian in­bound travel agency Wel-Travel Aus­tralia has been placed into liq­ui­da­tion.

The Perth-based busi­ness was es­tab­lished in 1988, and is now led by Ed­win Kwan, who is also a di­rec­tor of the Aus­tralian Tourism Ex­port Coun­cil (ATEC).

The Aus­tralian Se­cu­ri­ties and In­vest­ments Com­mis­sion notes that liq­uida­tors Kim­ber­ley Stu­art Wall­man have been ap­pointed to wind up the busi­ness, which also trades as One Book Travel and In­cred­i­ble Aus­tralia.

The Wel-Travel web­site is still live, and cites a team of about 30 staff and of­fices in the Gold Coast, Mel­bourne and Perth along with an in­ter­na­tional sales team based in In­dia, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and In­done­sia.

Wel-Travel is also listed by Austrade as an ap­proved in­bound tour op­er­a­tor un­der China’s Ap­proved Des­ti­na­tion Scheme.

De­tails of the rea­sons for the col­lapse are un­clear at this stage, but it’s ex­pected key sup­pli­ers in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­tiv­ity and trans­port op­er­a­tors are likely to be im­pacted.

The com­pany of­fered a full ser­vice Aus­tralia-wide des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment oper­a­tion for FIT and group trav­ellers, along with busi­ness events and in­cen­tives and special in­ter­est itin­er­ar­ies.

Iron­i­cally, Kwan was on the podium last week as one of the pre­sen­ters at ATEC’s Meet­ing Place con­fer­ence - just one day be­fore plac­ing his com­pany into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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