Navy Wang (Managing Director)
I started my first job in Sep 1997 in Nanjing China as an inbound tour operator specialising in North America and Australian market. After 10 years handling China tours to downunder, I decided it was time to move on and immigrate to the beautiful country of Australia myself and start my family and business here.
In the first 3 years, I was working for a VFR wholesale agency as the marketing specialist and then registered MW Tours in Apr 2010. I’ve never looked back and now have 15 staff helping me take Australians to my country of China, the rest of Asia, Africa, the Subcontinent & Beyond.
Favourite part of the job: Sampling the product by travelling to exotic destinations.
Favourite food: Sichuan hot & spicy.
David’s passion for travels started from the ripe old age of 3 months when he was living in West Africa, followed by the Solomon Islands, Singapore and East Kalimantan with his parents. All this childhood travel gave him his strong desire to work in the industry in which he commenced in 1987 for a luxury tour operator in the UK. Over the years he has specialised in the Product, Sales & Marketing side of the long-haul travel market and he has been extremely fortunate to travel extensively around the globe both for business and pleasure.
David has recently held senior management positions, including Director of Sales & Marketing as well as General Manager roles and has enjoyed assisting to lead teams and brands to success under his leadership. His passion for sourcing and promoting new experiences has always been a primary driving force which he continues to this day. Just a few of his travel highlights have included hosting Sir David Attenborough and the production team for the series “First Life” at a lodge in Far North Queensland; snowmobiling in the Arctic Circle, swimming with Humpback whales in Tonga, cage diving with Great White Sharks of the Neptune Islands, seeing the “Big Five” in the Kruger and marvelling at the temples, palaces and Great Wall in and around Beijing.
On a personal side, David is a passionate sailor and recently delivered a yacht from Adelaide to Sydney non stop in 8 days during the height of winter in the Southern Ocean with his trusty skipper. He is also a passionate foodie, developed from his vast global travels, and enjoys going to see live music.
Favourite destination and why: Kenya for the vast and varied choice of travel options within one country; safari game viewing, history & culture, people, landscape, beach holidays and food.
Favourite MW Tours Tour: Vietnam & Cambodia Delight. In two weeks you get to see the wonders and delights of these two amazing countries. In addition, you have so many experiences, from cruising on Halong Bay, a homestay on the Mekong and visiting the amazing Angkor Wat with a blessing from a monk to mention but a few. Being a foodie you will be in heaven with such a choice of amazing food to choose from, the friendly people and contrasting culture and history.
Business Development Managers
Sean Flint (Business Development Manager – QLD/Nth NSW)
Sean is a well-known industry identity, with close to 30 years’ experience in senior industry roles. His ability to be able to tell the great stories of his many travels to over 60 countries and his business acumen, have lead him to running his own successful Sales and Marketing company for 10 years in the Travel Industry. Qualifying what the client wants coupled with the experience of the trip has always been a passion for Sean. Having Travelled extensively through Asia many times, and having a great affiliation for Africa, his experiences underscore a great knowledge of the history and politics of these areas. Sean’s company FTM Australia represents MW Tours in Queensland.
Favourite part of the job: Dealing with great people, with a passion for what I love travel, data analytics.
Guilty pleasure: Cigar/cheese
Craig Hunt (Business Development Manager – VIC/TAS)
Since my first flight on an aeroplane I have been fascinated by travel. The travel to a destination, the experiences of visiting different places and the memories kept forever make travel an integral part of me. Asia was my first international destination and remains a favourite and now is always the best time to travel. The history and cultural differences excite me on every journey. Both India and Africa are fascinating. Differences in culture, wildlife experiences and meeting the people are highlights when I travel. Travel is a growth experience and I encourage all to learn and grow from the experiences that travel can offer. Travel when you can.
Guilty pleasure: Gelato (Caramel)
Thing you miss most being in ISO: Talking to people face to face.
Simon Langbein (Business Development Manager – SA/WA/NT)
Simon is a Travel and Tourism Industry Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry. With experience ranging from Tour Management, Operations & Sales, Aviation Sales & Account Management and International Hotel Operations and Management experience based overseas. Simon’s skills set also includes: Retail Travel, Wholesale Operations, the MICE market as well as Corporate / TMC Sales & Account Management. He is a keen sailor and has competed in three Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races with a best result finishing third in division.
Favourite part of the job: Famils!!!
Favourite MW Tours Tour: Great Trail of Japan -16 days (Modular Journey). This has the amazing contrasts of the old like Shirakawago, mountains – Matsumoto & Nagano, the amazing modern cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kanazawa; and the wonderful cultural experience of staying in a Buddhist monastery at the top of Mt Koya a village over 1000 years old. This journey covers things that many visitors would not see until a second or third trip!
Travel is my greatest passion. Experiencing new cultures and embracing the local way of life is one of my favourite things. I am very much a people person and gain a great deal of satisfaction working in our wonderful industry. My love of travelling began in the late 1970’s and has lead me on one of life’s greatest journeys. I had my own travel business for many years, specialising in group, luxury and ”bucket list” travel. I have taken numerous groups to all parts of the globe including Europe, UK, Africa, all of Asia, North America, Canada and the South Pacific. More recently I have been fortunate enough to visit Sri Lanka and India, spending time in the Sundarbans, learning about ecotourism.
I have a strong marketing and business development background and am delighted to be part of the Team at MW Tours. I look forward to working closely with the travel and tourism industry, showcasing the amazing destinations we have on offer.
Next on my personal travel list is Japan, to experience cherry blossom season in all its glory.
My favourite travel quotes say it all.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” – Susan Sontag
“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met” – John Green
“Don’t just live your life, travel and experience it”. – Karen Grayson
How wonderful it is being able to do what you love on a daily basis.
Song on repeat: Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Favourite part of the job: Helping agents in any way I can. I get great satisfaction seeing results from my endeavours.
Angna Patel (Inside Sales)
Travelling has not only been something that I do, but it has been something that has become a part of me. I have a passion to travel, as each travel experience teaches me something new, and helps me to become a better person. With over five years of experience working as a Travel Consultant in Nairobi, I am excited to work for MW Tour so I can continue to share my passion with others. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel to so many beautiful and unique places such as Kenya, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Singapore, and Malaysia. My next dream destination is Hong Kong.
Favourite destination and why: South Africa. From city life to adventure, wildlife to culture, breathtaking scenery to sun-soaked coasts this country offers everything for everyone.
Favourite food: Indian street food
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Travel is a huge part of my life! After completing my studies in Tourism & Events in 2014 I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do. My passion for travel began after a family trip to Europe. Since then I make sure I travel to a different destination each year.
There is nothing more exciting than planning people’s holidays and hearing about their adventures on their return. The best things about working in the Travel Industry is being able to travel to different destinations and learn all about the history & cultures around the world.
Destinations I have visited include Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Ireland, Fiji, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, Italy & England, just to name a few. Although I have been lucky enough to travel to some amazing destinations, high on my to do list is to see the Cherry Blossoms in Japan, or to visit a Game Reserve in South Africa.
Guilty pleasure: Staying in your pjs all day watching Netflix.
Favourite part of the job: Helping agents assist their clients in booking their dream holiday.
Hailey Klein (Inside Sales)
After graduating with a Bachelor degree in tourism business, I launched my career with one of the biggest travel firms in Taiwan as an international ticketing consultant. A three years relation with this firm gave me a deep insight into the infinite possibilities of global travel by using a variety of GDS systems. It was during this time where I was given the opportunity not only to connect others with the destinations of their desire but also got myself to travel to exciting new places.
I’ve travelled to Hong Kong, Macau (nicknamed Las Vegas of Asia), Tokyo, Osaka, Bali, Boracay (a beautiful island in the Philippines), Kuala Lumpur, the North Island of New Zealand, New Caledonia, Houston-Texas and multiple places across Australia to name of few.
Migrating to Australia in 2010 and looking after our young family in regional Victoria for the following years I was finally able to start a job as a travel consultant. Once more I could provide my customers with unforgettable experiences on land and sea.
Favourite food: Hot Pot
Guilty pleasure: Non-stop watching Asian dramas and eating junk food at the same time.
Jess Hu (Inside Sales)
Travel is an important part of my life. My passion for travel began when I graduated from university and I spent a gap year to travel around China. It was an unforgettable experience to explore different cultures through amazing travel adventures. Destinations except China I have visited include Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Fiji and most of Australia after immigrated to this beautiful country. I am looking forward to my next trip to Italy and France. I was so lucky to start my journey in travel industry in Australia since 2014. My favourite part of working in this great industry is planning people’s vacations and making all their dreams come true. I am fortunate to work at MW Tours as a VFR travel consultant and meeting the challenge of working complex trips for our valued customers. Travel industry is a lovely industry because it changes every day and make me keep learning every day!
Favourite destination and why: Japan. I love Japan! Love it beyond anything I expected. The food, the people, the architecture, the culture… Also the four seasons of the year in Japan are so beautiful.
Song on repeat: Love someone – Lukas Graham
Kim Marcon (Digital Marketing Coordinator)
Travelling is in my blood. Since my first flight when I was four months old, I have been lucky enough to visit South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, England, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Fiji, Vanuatu, Indonesia, and Japan. With a love of flying, for me the holiday starts from the moment you get to the airport, to when you arrive back home. My favourite things to do on holiday are eat local food, wander the streets, and take photos of local dogs and cats. With over five years experience in Marketing, I am passionate about effective communication, digital marketing (it’s not just social media!), and the Oxford Comma. I also have a strong interest in research and development, which combined with a love of creating new digital and print content, makes working at MW Tours the perfect opportunity. I would love to visit Kenya (the inspiration for The Lion King!), Antarctica (penguins!), and India (sunsets over the Taj Mahal!).
Favourite destination and why: Japan! Eating fresh yakitori wraps from a little vendor in the snow is one of my favourite memories (never mind that I slipped on the snow and nearly caught myself on the hot plate). The people are lovely, the food is delicious, and there are so many amazing things to do. Even just wandering the alleyways and side streets…
Coffee order: Soy chai latte (powdered, not fresh!) or an almond milk mocha if I need a kick!