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Tony Wheeler

When Maureen and Tony arrived in Sydney the day after Christmas 1972, after a six month Asia overland trip from Europe, they had 27 cents left between them. In late 1973 they started Lonely Planet Publications to publish Across Asia on the...

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Tony Wheeler's Biography

When Maureen and Tony arrived in Sydney the day after Christmas 1972, after a six month Asia overland trip from Europe, they had 27 cents left between them. In late 1973 they started Lonely Planet Publications to publish Across Asia on the Cheap, the story of their trip from London to Australia. They spent the following year travelling around South-East Asia and in early 1975 published their second book, South-East Asia on a Shoestring.


From those early guidebooks Lonely Planet Publications has grown to become the world’s largest independent guidebook publisher with more than 500 titles in print, over 400 staff and offices in London and Oakland as well as the head office in Melbourne. Last year they sold a majority interest in Lonely Planet to BBC-Worldwide, but are still closely involved with the company and regularly travel to check out their books and other travel products, investigate new travel possibilities or simply to experience something new. In early 2009 Tony also hit the road with a film crew from Lonely Planet TV to film the Laos program for their forthcoming series The Roads Less Travelled.
"When we produced our first guide 28 years ago, we were writing for the way we were travelling. We had no idea how independent travel would grow and what a huge part of the global economy tourism would become." said Tony Wheeler, when accepting the 'Outstanding Contribution to Travel Journalism' award at the Travelex Travel Writer's Awards for 2000. Tony Wheeler has also been awarded The British Guild of Travel Writer's Life-time Achievement Award 2002 and described by The New York Times as 'the most influential man in travel'.
When Bill Gates visited Australia, he requested to see two people: the Prime Minister and Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications.

Speaking Topics Include

The Lonely Planet Story Publishing, Technology and New Media Leaving No Footprint – Becoming Sustainable Global Visitors