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CNBC Announces the Nominees for the 2014 Travel Business Leader Award


SINGAPORE, 3 October 2014 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, 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 TravelRave Leaders Gala to be held at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore on 28 October.

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:

Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO, Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited
John Guscic, Managing Director, Webjet Limited
Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Dara Khosrowshahi, President & CEO, Expedia
Martin Rinck, President, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide
Jan Smits, Chief Executive, Asia, Middle East and Africa, IHG
David Jian Sun, CEO, Home Inns & Hotel Management Inc.
Budi Tirtawisata, Group CEO, PT Panorama Sentrawisata Tbk
Edward Matthew Tracy, President & CEO & Executive Director, Sands China
Wang Titang, Chairman, Xiamen International Airport Company Limited
Si Xianmin, Chairman, China Southern Airline

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.

The TravelRave Leaders Gala will feature The CNBC Conversation with Emirsyah Satar, last year's TBLA winner, and also pertinent highlights of the Asia Travel Leaders Summit (ATLS) - 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. ATLS is one of eight quality events co-located within TravelRave – the region's premier travel and tourism week. CNBC is proud to be the Official Broadcast Partner of the ATLS.

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).

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The CNBCTravel 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 fifth edition of the Asia Travel Leaders Summit (ATLS) continues 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.This by-invitation-only Summit is intended to be an intimate dialogue among eminent business leaders who have strong interests in the development of the travel and tourism industry in Asia, and seeks to help lay the foundations for collaborations and initiatives in response to key issues discussed. These include leaders from Panorama Group, Pan Pacific Group, Far East Hospitality,Tripadvisor, Hilton, Air New Zealand, JTB and more.

The Asia Travel Leaders Summit is part of TravelRave,the region's premier travel & tourism week, held from 27-31 October 2014.TravelRave provides a dynamic platform for business leaders and industry professionals to convene, share knowledge and insights, network and discove rnew business opportunities and celebrate Asian tourism at its best. Last year's showing welcomed more than 10,800 attendees from across the globe, providing synergy across markets, content and networks. With world-class events, top speakers, and valuable networking opportunities, TravelRave 2014 promises to set the stage for collaboration and enable the industry to better harness the vast growth potential presented in the region. For more information, please visit