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CNBC Announces the Nominees of the Inaugural Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific

Singapore, 13 September, 2011 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, announces the nominees of their new award, the Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific (TBLA).  The winner of the TBLA will be announced at this year’s Asia Travel Leaders Summit (ATLS) Gala Dinner in Singapore on October 18.

"Travel and Tourism industry is one of the key contributors to the global economy," said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC in Asia Pacific.  "The TBLA aims to recognize business leaders in this industry who through strong innovation and effective managerial skills have demonstrated leadership excellence and are paving the way forward in this dynamic sector."

Nominees contending for TBLA are:
·         Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia
·         Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings
·         William E. Heinecke, Chairman & CEO, Minor International
·         Clement Kwok, MD & CEO, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels
·         Arun Nanda, Chairman, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts (India)
·         Hideo Sawada, Chairman, H.I.S
·         Yang-Ho Cho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Korean Air
·         Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, Managing Director, YTL Corp.

"Congratulations to all the candidates for their outstanding achievements throughout the year," Brainch continued.  "I look forward to you joining us at the ATLS Gala Dinner."

Chicago Booth and Millward Brown are the Knowledge and Research Partners for TBLA.  They have worked closely with CNBC to ensure a rigorous selection criteria and judging process.

The ATLS, held from 18-19 October 2011, is an intimate high-level dialogue centred around the industry’s opportunities and challenges, driving sustained growth through collaborative initiatives that would benefit the Asia region.  CNBC is proud to be the official Broadcast Partner of the Asia Travel Leaders Summit.

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CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 380 million households worldwide. In Asia Pacific, CNBC is distributed to over 70 million households and is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides eight and a half hours of live Asia-produced programming every weekday, which is complemented with coverage of live market action from Europe and the US. CNBC Asia Pacific's channels, which include CNBC Asia, CNBC-TV18 (India), CNBC Awaaz (India), CNBC Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and SBS-CNBC (South Korea) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC also has a strategic alliance with Shanghai Media Group, which wholly owns a subsidiary, China Business Network and a collaboration with China Central Television (CCTV). In China CNBC reaches 400 million homes via CCTV’s Business Channel programme, Global Connection Show. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as through digital platforms.
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The CNBC Travel Business Leaders Award Asia Pacific recognizes the business leader who has demonstrated leadership excellence in the travel & tourism industry - driving growth, success and profitability. Qualities including innovation, management skills and the leader's ability to formulate strategies and capitalize on key trends are the main judging criteria.

Candidates for this award are distinguished business leaders in the travel and tourism industry, including Airlines, Hospitality (hotels & resorts), Attractions, Tour Operators, Travel Agents and Airports. To ensure transparency and credibility, only listed companies with publicly available data are considered for the award.

Candidates must have been in their current role for at least two years in order to qualify for the ward.

Organized by the Singapore Tourism Board, the Asia Travel Leaders Summit (ATLS) will be held on 18-19 October 2011. As part of TravelRave, Asia’s mega travel and trade festival that serves as a regional platform to fuel collaboration and growth in the Asia Pacific tourism industry, the second edition of ATLS will continue to gather the thought leaders of the Asian travel and tourism industry and inspire purposeful dialogue in response to key issues facing the sector.  Intended to be an intimate two-way conversation between invited delegates, ATLS seeks to lay the foundation for collaboration on initiatives that would sustain the overall growth of travel and tourism in the Asia region.