Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce that Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman of the Hong Leong Group of Companies in Singapore, will be awarded the HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Kwek will be presented with the award at the 26th annual HICAP being held 14-16 October 2015, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
The HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments and contributions to expanding, enhancing and advancing the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region and the world. Mr. Kwek entered the hospitality industry with a single hotel in Singapore in 1971, and has since transformed the Group into a global hospitality player. The Hong Leong Group currently owns/operates more than 36,000 rooms in over 150 hotels across 24 countries.
In addition to his role as Executive Chairman at the Hong Leong Group of Companies in Singapore, Mr. Kwek is the Executive Chairman of City Developments Limited, Chairman and Managing Director of Hong Leong Finance Limited, and Chairman of Hong Leong Asia Ltd, City e-Solutions Limited and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc. He currently heads a staff of over 40,000 in property investment and development, hotel ownership and management, financial services, and industrial enterprises across Asia Pacific, China, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
Mr. Kwek has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the hotel industry. He was awarded “Outstanding Contributor to Tourism” and “Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year” by Singapore Tourism Board in 1997; crowned “Asia Pacific Hotelier of the Decade” in 2000 by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels and Arthur Andersen; and named “Best Travel Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2014 at the TTG Travel Awards. Other honors include “Businessman of the Year” in 1996 by Singapore Business Awards and SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award in 2015.
“We are very honored to able to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Kwek,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN and co-host of HICAP. “His significant business accomplishments have positively influenced the growth of tourism throughout Asia and indeed the world,” Burba added.
Adding to its special nature, the Award is not given out every year and prior recipients of the HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award include: 2011, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman, Carlson; 2009, The Honorable Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman, The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, Limited; 2007, Stephen F. Bollenbach, Co-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Hilton Hotels Corporation; 2006, Kurt J. Wachtveitl, General Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand; 2005, P.R.S. Oberoi, Chairman & CEO, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; and 2003, Paul Dubrule, Co-Chairman and Founder, Accor.
For additional information on HICAP or the Lifetime Achievement Award, visit the website at www.HICAPconference.com.
HICAP is Asia’s largest and longest running hotel investment event, making it the most important gathering of hotel developers, investors, lenders, operators, and other industry executives for information exchange, trend spotting, and deal making. The 25th annual HICAP held in October 2014 in Hong Kong attracted 800 delegates from around the world.
BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With almost three decades of experience, nearly 130 events completed to-date, and almost 90,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Gurgaon Delhi N.C.R.; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.
About Horwath HTL
Horwath HTL is the world’s largest hotel industry specialized consulting organization, currently with 42 offices in 37 countries. Since the set-up of Asia Pacific operations in 1987, Horwath HTL – Asia Pacific has been involved with thousands of projects throughout the region in all phases of the property lifecycle for clients ranging from individually owned businesses to the world’s most prominent hotel companies, developers, lenders, investors, and industrial corporations. Horwath HTL currently operates out of regional offices in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok (Health & Wellness), Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Sydney, and Auckland.
About Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE)
Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE) has been involved in event management, communications and marketing in the publishing, entertainment and hospitality industries since 1989. SCE has been associated with the development and organization of the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) since its inception and the subsequent launches of HICAP UPDATE in 2009 and AOCAP (Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific) in 2014 together with partners BHN (Burba Hotel Network) and Horwath HTL. SCE is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.