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CNBC Announces the Nominees for the 2012 Travel Business Leader Award

Singapore, 1 October 2012 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announces the nominees of this year’s Travel Business Leader Award in Asia Pacific (TBLA). The winner of the TBLA will be announced at the Asia Travel Leaders Summit (ATLS) Gala Dinner in Singapore on October 16.

CNBC’s TBLA recognizes the business leader who has demonstrated leadership excellence in the travel and tourism industry – driving growth, success and profitability. Candidates for this award include leaders from the following sectors: airlines, hospitality, attractions and tour operators, travel Agents, and airports.

Nominees contending for this year’s TBLA are:

John Borghetti, CEO, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd
Suthikiati Chirathivat, Chairman of the Executive Board, Central Plaza Hotel PCL
Robbie Cooke, Managing Director & Group CEO, Wotif Group
William E. Heinecke, Chairman & CEO, Minor International PCL
Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd
Clement Kwok King Man, CEO, The HongKong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd
Lim Kim Hai, Executive Chairman, Regional Express Holdings Ltd
Arun Nanda, Chairman, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd
Jia Ruijun, Chairman, Shanghai International Airport Co Ltd
Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia
Edward Tracy, President & CEO, Sands China Ltd
Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Group Managing Director, YTL Corp

“Congratulations to all the candidates for their outstanding achievements throughout the year. I look forward to you joining us at the ATLS Gala Dinner,” said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC International.

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 Tony Tyler (CEO & Director General, IATA), have worked closely with CNBC to ensure a rigorous selection criteria and judging process.

Organized as part of TravelRave – Asia’s most influential travel trade festival, the Asia Travel Leaders Summit, is an intimate high-level dialogue centered 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 ATLS.

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CNBC is the world leader in business news providing fast, actionable, accurate and unbiased business and financial news to 390 million households worldwide. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides seven hours of live Asia-produced programming, 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 Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and SBS-CNBC (South Korea) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC Asia Pacific also has a strategic alliance with Shanghai Media Group, and a collaboration with China Central Television (CCTV). In China, CNBC reaches 400 million homes via a daily Mandarin segment produced by CNBC, which is broadcast on 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. More information is available at


The CNBC Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific recognizes the business leader who has demonstrated leadership excellence in the travel and 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 (hotel and 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 award.


Created and spearheaded by the Singapore Tourism Board, the third edition of the Asia Travel Leaders Summit will continue to gather the leading minds and voices of the Asian travel and tourism industry and inspire purposeful dialogue in response to key issues facing the industry.

The Asia Travel Leaders Summit is part of the exciting line-up of events for TravelRave, Asia's most influential travel trade festival. Leveraging the continued and robust growth of the leisure and business travel industry in Asia, TravelRave provides a prime platform for business leaders and industry professionals to convene, network, share knowledge and insights and discover new business opportunities that will fuel collaboration and growth for the Asia Pacific tourism industry.