HICAP announces Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

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HONG KONG, May 25,2016 – 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 William E. Heinecke, Founder & Chairman of the Minor Group, will be awarded the HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Heinecke will be presented with the award at HICAP being held 19-21 October 2016, 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 Heinecke came to the Kingdom of Thailand in 1963 and founded the Minor Group in 1967. Five decades later, Minor Group (or Minor International Plc.) is ranked among the top 50 stocks listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, with market capitalization close to $5.0 billion. It is now a global company with the presence in 32 countries, stretching from Australia to Europe and South America. Its business portfolio includes close to 150 world-class hotels and serviced suites, over 1,900 food service outlets and over 300 points of sales for many leading fashion brands. The group currently employs more than 55,000 employees.

Now 67, Mr. Heinecke has received many awards, including Asia’s Best CEO in 2015 – 2016 by Corporate Governance Asia and Thailand Real Estate Personality of the Decade Award in 2015. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Minor International Plc., Indorama Ventures Pcl., the largest PET production company in the World, and Pacific Cross Insurance Co., Ltd. He is also the author of “The Entrepreneur – 25 Golden Rules for the Global Business Manager.” Mr. Heinecke became a naturalized Thai citizen in 1991.

“We are pleased to be able to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Heinecke,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN and co-host of HICAP. “His entrepreneurial spirit and significant business accomplishments have greatly influenced the growth of tourism throughout the region. Over the past five decades he has built one of the most prominent hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region, now reaching far beyond its original roots in Thailand,” Burba added.

Adding to its special nature, the Award is not given out every year. Prior recipients of the HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award include: 2015, Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman, Hong Leong Group of Companies; 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 26th annual HICAP held in October 2015 in Hong Kong attracted approximately 800 delegates from around the world.

About BHN

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 130 events completed to-date, and more than 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 Mumbai; 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 45 offices in 38 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.