WEN would like to applaud Members who have had great wins, overcome obstacles, used innovative approaches or made other strides as an entrepreneur and who are ready to share their tips with you!
We are delighted to showcase our Premium Member : Charu Surtani of Travel Tricks Hong Kong Ltd
Business Nature: Destination Management Company (Travel – Inbound & Outbound – Mice)
Business Start Date: 13 February 2018
Best Achievement to Date:
Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey:
I have been in the travel and events industry for over 25 years and on 13 Feb 2018 I decided to turn my passion for events and travelling, by starting my own company and to be the entrepreneur I am today.
Travel Tricks was established as a way to aid clientele with custom made solutions by leveraging my vast experience and valued connections in this industry.
The name Travel Tricks was born from the wonder people experienced when their needs were well taken care of. I became known as the ‘Magician of the Hospitality Industry’ because nothing was impossible for me!
How is your company unique?
We are a bespoke destination management company. We provide tailor-made and consultancy services for our leisure and corporate clients based on their needs and we are also closely working on new trends of travel which is very unique.
How do you transform a challenge into an opportunity?
Take any challenge as a new opportunity and you will find a way forward. For example, when the pandemic hit, it was a big downfall for the travel business. We managed to start a local events company during that phase and we expanded travel tricks globally and we now have 2 offices, one in Hong Kong and the other in Dubai. We have also partnered with a firm in India. We viewed every downfall as an opportunity to grow.
What is the next step for your business?
We aspire to be a very well known ‘Destination Management Company’ world wide.
What are your top tips to share with other women entrepreneurs?
- Always remember your competition is only better than what you were yesterday.
- The pain and struggle you go through today paves the path for your future happiness.
- Successful entrepreneurs need the following 4 key attributes to grow their business: Security, regular schedule, headspace and control.
We are delighted to introduce to you our two new additions to WEN’s Board of Directors! Returning WEN Board Alumni, Shea Stanley will be our new Vice-Chairwoman and WEN Elite Member Sioban Guilfoyle is joining as Board Member. Their wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge and expertise is sure to enrich WEN’s initiatives.
Shea Stanley of Little Steps Asia
Originally from Texas, Shea’s travel and lifestyle media career have taken her around the globe to over 50 countries where she has worked on a variety of TV, print, and digital projects including leading the launches of both Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia and Travel + Leisure South Asia as Vice President of International Marketing. With extensive experience in launching new products in international markets, she set up her own company to consult for Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle media after arriving in Hong Kong in 2006. Her entrepreneurial career continued with the launch of a custom-designed shirt and suit business in which she developed a sales web portal and managed a sales team of 8 in the USA.
When she was pregnant with her first child, Shea longed for a resource offering fun finds and insider tips for parents in Asia. In 2011, she founded Little Steps Asia, the leading website and weekly e-newsletter dedicated to delivering the inside scoop to parents on what to do, buy, and discover in Asia and beyond. The dedicated team across the region scouts, tastes and shops to find the most hip and happening products and places to keep parents in the know and on the go. Little Steps Asia has been successfully running regionally with dedicated local sites in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Jakarta, Macau, and Kuala Lumpur. Content for families is produced across a range of platforms including websites, email newsletters, social media, and video.
Mom of 2 kids, Shea enjoys an active lifestyle including hiking, yoga, travel, photography, and of course – exploring the city and traveling the world with her clan!
Sioban Guilfoyle of Glow Salon Hong Kong & Glow Spa Hong Kong
Sioban Guilfoyle relocated to Hong Kong in 2007, continuing her career in retail and consumer banking working with teams across Asia.
Sioban established Lissome Hong Kong Limited in 2014 to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. Identifying an underserved and largely ignored segment in the hair, skincare and beauty market, she purchased Glow in April 2015.
With a genuinely customer-centric approach, unwavering commitment to service standards, and aggressive reinvestment in new business lines, marketing and technology, Glow Hong Kong has seen a ten-fold increase in revenues and continual improvement in margins.
Glow is now one of Hong Kong’s most highly regarded international hair and skincare salons.
After two years guiding WEN through unprecedented times, Liz Search has handed over the baton to new WEN Chairwoman, Geetanjali Dhar.
We would like to sincerely thank Liz for her dedication to WEN and for leading the way over the last two tumultuous, challenging years and doing it with aplomb. Her hard work and her historical knowledge of WEN will be so very helpful to the new incoming board.
Meanwhile, we welcome Geetanjali as the new Chairwoman of WEN, and look forward to working together with her for the benefit of Women Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. We are excited for the future of WEN with her at the helm.
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