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23 Jan, 2016

Dr Bert van Walbeek, Founder & Chairman of first Asian, Thailand Chapter, SITE

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.


Date & Place of Birth: 23 March 1943, Alkmaar, Netherlands

Marital Status: Married with three children (from 2 marriages) and six grand children

Education: Hogere Hotelschool-The Hague 1961-1964


1968-1985 Employment with Hilton, Intercontinental Hotels and ITT Sheraton

1985-1988 Area Marketing Director , Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok

1988-1991 VP Marketing, Middle East and North Africa, ITT Sheraton

1991-1993 Executive Vice President , Siam Express

1998-2000 General Manager, Siam City Hotel, Bangkok

1993–present Founder and Managing Director, The Winning Edge

Other activities

1986-2009 Founder & Chairman of first Asian, Thailand Chapter, SITE

1985-2009 Committee members Thailand Incentive & Convention Association

2007-2014 Executive Committee member, PATA Thailand Chapter

2008-2016 Official, Advisor Macau Tourism Crisis Management Office

2002-present Risk & Crisis Management Taskforce Leader, Pacific Asia Travel Association

2002-present Presenter, trainer and consultant, ASEAN Communication Team for Tourism

Awards and Recognitions

1992 World Incentive Travel Personality for Asia by organizers of IT&ME and EIBTM

1992 The World, Our Guest campaign-TAT commendation

2011 Spirit of PATA Award-Thailand Chapter

2013 Award of Excellence-Thailand Chapter

2014 “Best Guru” Sticky Award -IT&CMA / CTW organizers

2015 Nepal. Back on top of the World campaign, Nepal Tourist Board appreciation

2016 Honorary Doctor of Letters ( Hon DLitt ) lifetime award by the University of West London

Source: Dr Bert van Walbeek