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Stephen Ho, President of Starwood Asia Pacific Named 2014 CNBC Travel Business Leader of The Year

November 3, 2014

Published on Nov 3, 2014


Region's Top Travel and Tourism Leader Named at the 2014 CNBC Travel Business Leader Award

Stephen Ho awarded the 2014 TBLA at the TravelRave Leaders Gala

CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, announced the winner of the 2014 Travel Business Leader Award in Asia Pacific (TBLA) during an award ceremony that was held last night at the TravelRave Leaders Gala - organized by the Singapore Tourism Board.

The 2014 CNBC Travel Business Leader of the Year was awarded to Mr. Stephen Ho, President of Starwood Asia Pacific for his vision and leadership excellence in the travel & tourism industry. Under his leadership, Starwood's expansion in Asia Pacific has outpaced the industry with new hotel openings over the last three years and growing the number of operating hotels as of December 2013. A strong believer in honesty and having the personal touch, Mr. Ho has successfully led the Starwood group to sign deals for new hotels over a three-year period. And with his innate ability to capitalize on key trends, the Starwood Asia Pacific group has successfully grown in both revenue and profit.

CNBC Travel Business Leader Award

"The CNBC Travel Business Leader Award is our way of celebrating and recognizing business leaders who through strong innovation and effective management skills are paving the way forward in this dynamic sector," said KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director, CNBC International. "Congratulations to Stephen Ho and all the nominees for their outstanding achievements throughout the year."

"TravelRave is the region's premier travel & tourism week, gathering eminent leaders of Asia's travel industry to discuss new ideas and initiatives for the region. As part of TravelRave, the CNBC Travel Business Leader Award recognizes industry luminaries who have been outstanding and exemplary," said Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board. "Mr. Stephen Ho's achievements will inspire Asia's talent in the travel and hospitality sector to excel."

Past winners of TBLA include: Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Bhd (2011), Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings (2012), and Emirsyah Satar, President and CEO, PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (2013).

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Millward Brown are the Knowledge and Research Partners for TBLA. They, along with David Scowsill (President & CEO, WTTC) and Emirsyah Satar (President and CEO, PT Garuda Indonesia, (Persero) Tbk), have worked closely with CNBC to ensure a rigorous selection criteria and judging process.

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