Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, the Founder and Executive
Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels,
and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company, is to receive a
Lifetime Achievement Award from HICAP.
Mr. Ho will be presented with the award at the
30th annual HICAP which is scheduled for 23-25 October 2019 at the Kerry
Hotel Hong Kong.
Mr. Ho’s accomplishments expand far beyond his
professional endeavors in the hospitality world. He is the
founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
Singapore Management University, Chairman of The Singapore Summit
and a non-executive Director of Diageo, the UK-listed spirits
Educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford
University, California and the University of Singapore, he was the
Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong
before joining the Thai Wah family business and then starting his
Among various awards, Mr. Ho has received
the London Business School Entrepreneurship Award; CEO of the Year
at the Singapore Corporate Awards; CNBC Travel Business Leader
Award; Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National University of
Singapore; as well as several achievement awards from conferences.
For his services to the country he has been decorated with the
Meritorious Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Order by
the Singapore Government. Mr. Ho has also been conferred honorary
doctorates by Johnson & Wales University and from Hong Kong Poly
He is the author of two books: “Asking Why”
reflects his journey in journalism and entrepreneurship over a
period of forty years, and includes articles commissioned by The
Straits Times; while “The Ocean in a Drop: Singapore in the next
Fifty Years” is a compilation of public lectures he gave as the
Inaugural Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series, named after the
Sixth President of Singapore.
Mr. Ho is married to Claire
Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings. They have
three children – two sons and a daughter and three grandchildren.
Adding to its special nature, the award is not given out every
year. Prior recipients of the HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award include: Anil Thadani, Chairman of Symphony Asia; Larry M.K. Tchou,
Senior Advisor – Greater China for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; William Heinecke, Founder & Chairman, Minor Group; Kwek Leng Beng,
Executive Chairman, Hong Leong Group of Companies; Marilyn Carlson
Nelson, Chairman, Carlson; The Honorable Sir Michael Kadoorie,
Chairman, The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, Limited; Stephen F. Bollenbach, Co-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Hilton Hotels
Corporation; Kurt J. Wachtveitl, General Manager, Mandarin
Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand; P.R.S. Oberoi, Chairman & CEO, Oberoi
Hotels & Resorts; and Paul Dubrule, Co-Chairman and Founder,
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Lifetime Achievement Award.