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ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame

Designed to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, this is the first website to honour the many industry stalwarts who founded and shaped one of the region’s most remarkable economic sectors. Conceptualised by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil, it will be a live, ongoing project open to anyone who consider themselves, or their parents, qualified to be listed. The individuals must have been born before 1960, and held a senior executive decision-making position before 2000. Small and medium sized entrepreneurs are particularly welcome. Please email profiles to imtiaz@travel-impact-newswire.com.

7 Nov, 2017

New YouGov research: Thai social media is missing a trick by ignoring baby boomers

Thailand, 7 November 2017, YouGov News – Millennials and baby boomers in Thailand feel they are represented better by the media than by advertising, according to new YouGov Omnibus research. The online survey comparing the opinions of respondents born between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s (baby boomers) and between the early 1980s and mid-1990s (millennials), asked […]

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25 Feb, 2017

Sonu Shivdasani, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Soneva

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 and Place of birth: 23rd November 1965, London Marital and family status: Married to Eva Malmström Shivdasani Education: Eton College, followed by Le Rosey in Switzerland, Masters Degree, Oxford University in English Literature, 1993 Career: After graduation, spent two years with the family business set up by his father in in finance, trade […]

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2 Feb, 2017

Pamelia Lee, Senior Director, Tourism Development, Singapore Tourism Board

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: 16 April 1942, Hawaii. Marital Status: Married with four children and four grandchildren. Education: University of Hawaii. Career 1978 joined Singapore Tourism Board May 1978 to Aug 1984 Head of Marketing Division. Sept 1984 to Mid July 1994 Head Product Development Division, serving as chief coordinator of the S$1 billion […]

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23 Jan, 2017

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 Career 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 […]

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23 Jan, 2017

Joseph K. S. Chew, Executive Director, Singapore Tourist Promotion Board

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: 26 Dec. 1943, Singapore. Marital Status: Married with two sons and five grandchildren. Languages: Written – English & Malay. Spoken – English, Malay, Hokkien (Chinese Dialect) Education: BA (Hons) Economics, University of Singapore, 1963-66. Senior Executive Program, Columbia University, 1978 Senior Executive Program, Stanford University, 1994 Career 1966-1968 Straits […]

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23 Jan, 2017

Kevin Leong, Secretary General, Asian Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaux

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: 9 March 1950 Marital Status: Married Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (Singapore University) Career 1976 – Joined Singapore Tourism Board, and spent 36 years with the STB. Key positions held included Vice-President (Eastern Region) in the USA, Director of Exhibitions and Conventions, and Director of Events Marketing. 1979-1988 – […]

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19 Jan, 2017

Pek Hock Thiam, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Promotion Board

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 of Birth: 6 October 1941 Nationality: Singaporean Education:  1964 : Honors in Economics, University of Singapore Career: 1964 – 1969 : Shipping Executive, P&O Lines (biggest shipping line in the world then) 1969 – 1972 : Administrative Assistant, Ministry of Finance, Singapore  (taxation, custom duties, rates & fees) 1972 – 1988 : Deputy Secretary, Ministry […]

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19 Jan, 2017

Mr. Suparerk Soorangura, President, Thai Ecotourism & Adventure Travel Association

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 and Place of birth: 10 January 1951, Chachoengsao Education: Assumption Commercial College, Thammasat University, Faculty of Economics Marital status: Married with two sons. Position: Managing Director,  N.S. Travel & Tours Co Ltd. Work Experience Betagro Co.,Ltd. 1974-1990: Australian Embassy, Bangkok  1990-Present: -N.S. Travel & Tours Co.,Ltd; SERENATA Hotels & Resorts Group Business positions – Managing […]

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13 Jan, 2017

Les Clark, Tourism Planning Consultant, Greater Mekong Subregion

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 and Place of Birth: November 1, 1950, Wellington, New Zealand Marital Status: Twice married with one son Education: University of Auckland, 1970-73; Colorado State University, 1977-78; University of Surrey 1985-86. Career: 1986 – 2004: Partner, Tourism Resource Consultants. 2004 – 2008: Director, Tourism Resource Consultants Ltd 2008 – 2013: Senior Associate, TRC Tourism […]

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13 Jan, 2017

Dr. Mina Gabor, First Woman Secretary, Department of Tourism, The Philippines

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 of Birth: 13 September 1939 Family: Widowed Education: – St. Scholastica’s College High School – BS in Commerce, University of Sto. Tomas – Master in Business Administration, University of the Philippines – PhD in Entreprenology, International University of Entreprenology, Hawaii Career: 2011 – Present: Founder and President, International School of Sustainable Tourism 2011 – […]

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10 Jan, 2017

Naphalai Areesorn, Founding President, Thai Spa Association

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 of Birth: 18 May, 1952 Family: Married with two sons Education: Early schooling in Singapore and Malaysia. BA in Languages, Colorado Women’s College, USA; EMBA, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University Career: 2001 – present: Editor-in-Chief, Thailand Tatler. Heads the editorial team of Blue Mango Publishing, publisher of Thailand Tatler and […]

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10 Jan, 2017

William E. Heinecke, Founder, CEO & Chairman, the Minor Group, Thailand

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 and Place of Birth: June 4, 1949, USA Marital and Family Status: Married with two children. Education; Bangkok International School 1963 – 1967, previously based in Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Career First employment venture was selling advertising next to his go-karting column in the Bangkok Post which proved so successful that at 17 […]

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9 Jan, 2017

Elizabeth P. de la Fuente, Executive Director, Hotel & Restaurant Association, the Philippines

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.

Place and date of Birth: 09 June 1944 Marital Status: Married with two daughters and two sons Education 1964 Maryknoll College, Liberal Arts Major in English Literature, Minor in Psychology. Dean’s List of honour students 1978-80 Executive Sessions, Conference Management Programme, Yale University. 1979 Convention Management Programme, International Association of Professional Congress Organisations. 1985-85 Executive […]

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9 Jan, 2017

Sheikh Jamaluddin bin Sheikh Mohamed, CEO, Brunei Tourist Board

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 and Place of Birth: 3 Oct 1957, Brunei Darussalam Marital status: Married with two sons. Education 1993-1994: Imperial College, University of London, Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management), Diploma Imperial College, Final year project: Banking Strategy in Europe 1978-1982 University of Teessdie, England, B.Sc (Hons) Computer and Mathematical Sciences Full time 4 years […]

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7 Jan, 2017

Jose Aspiras, Secretary/Minister of Tourism, the Philippines

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 of Birth: 1924. Place of Birth NA. Marital status – Married with six children Education: NA Career Journalist, News Reporter and Columnist for the Star Reporter and the Evening News; United Nations War Correspondent in Korea; Jailed for refusing to divulge his sources of informations but subsequently acquitted by a unanimous decision of […]

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7 Jan, 2017

Sumate Sudasna, Managing Director, Conference & Destination Management

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: 2 April 1952, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with two children and one grandchild Education: Triam Udom Suksa School, Bangkok, 1969 Studied Industrial Design at University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1972-73 Career 1972-1977: Dusit Thani Hotel, Front Office 1977-1978: Asian Tours Centre, tour guide 1978-1981: Dusit Thani Hotel, Front office manager […]

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7 Jan, 2017

Staporn Sirisinha, Executive Director, Thailand Incentive & Convention Association

Date and Place of Birth: November 22, 1945, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with two children Education: Bachelor of Economics, Thammasat University, Bangkok Career With the Tourism Authority of Thailand for 12 years: 1972-73 Assistant Director, TAT Frankfurt. 1973-76 Assistant Director, TAT New York 1977-82 Director, TAT Singapore 1983-84 Director, TAT Convention Department 1984-88 Founding/Executive Director […]

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7 Jan, 2017

Asad Shiraz, Senior Director, Tourism Marketing, Singapore Tourism Board

 Date and Place of Birth: 24 May 1957, Singapore Marital Status: Married Education Bachelor of Administration (First Class Honours), Brock University, Canada Graduate of Senior Management Programme, Civil Service College, Singapore Career Joined the Singapore Tourism Board and spent 20 years between Nov 1982 –Nov 2002 Marketing Officer, Nov 1982 – Mar 1985 Senior Marketing […]

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2 Jan, 2017

Khoo Hock Aun, Deputy Executive Director, ASEAN Tourism Information Centre

Place and Date of Birth: Penang, Malaysia, 10 October 1955 Marital Status: Married Education Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness), University of Agriculture (Putra) Malaysia. Nuffield Foundation Study Fellow with the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, United Kingdom Career Staff Writer, Malaysian Business magazine (1978-1983) Executive Director, ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (1986-88) Deputy […]

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2 Jan, 2017

Robert W. Guy, CMP, Managing Director, Singapore & Malaysia, Destination Asia

Date and Place of Birth: July 25, 1944, Illinois USA Marital Status: Married. Education College of San Mateo & Stanford University, Palo Alto California Career Destination Asia – Managing Director Singapore & Malaysia October 2010 to present Pacific World – Regional Managing Director, January 1989 to August 2009 Tour East – Group General Manager May […]

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28 Dec, 2016

Wichit Na-Ranong, Managing Director, Pearl Group of Companies, Phuket

Place & Date of Birth: Phuket, July 28, 1943. Marital Status: Married with one son and one daughter. Education: – Bachelor of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok – Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California, USA. – Honorary Doctorate Degree on Hotel and Tourism Management, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand – Honorary Doctorate Degree on […]

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17 Dec, 2016

U Maung Maung Swe, President, SM Tours & Transport, Myanmar

Date and Place of Birth: January 26, 1954, Mandalay, Myanmar. Religion: Buddhist Marital Status: Married Education Diploma in Japanese (1971~1974) B.E (Electronic) 1971-1977, (Yangon Institute of Technology) Language Skills Myanmar, English, Japanese, Chinese Thai: Spoken Career 1978 – 1981: Tourist Burma 1983 – 1994: Vice President, Siam Travel Service Co., Ltd, Bangkok 1984 – 1994: […]

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13 Dec, 2016

U Khin Maung Latt, Director General, Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar

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 of birth: July 11, 1943. Marital status: Married with one son. Education Graduated in 1965 from the Defence Services Academy, Pyin Oo Lwin. Served in the Air Force, Attended a 2-year training course at the Air University, Montgomery, Alabama, USA Graduated in 1987 with a Diploma in ACSC Career May 1995 Joined Ministry of […]

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13 Dec, 2016

Joan Sarasin, Managing Director, Convention Organisers Co., Ltd

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 and Place of Birth: 24 September 1946, in Penang, Malaysia Marital Status: Married with two daughters. Education Loreto Convent, Darjeeling, India; Pitmans Secretarial College, London. Career 1965-1967 – held two secretarial positions in Bangkok. 1967-1970 – Executive Secretary, Tenneco (Thai) Oil Co; 1970-1981 – Executive Secretary to the GM, Tawana Sheraton; 1981 onwards – […]

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13 Dec, 2016

Kamarulzaman ‘Kip’ Bahadun, President, ASEANTA

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 and Place of Birth: 19 November 1941, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Marital status: Married to Rozita Rohaizad in 1993. Education: Studied Accountancy in the UK Career Executive Secretary of UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) Malaysia’s ruling political party, from 1981 to 1984. Acted in the movie The 7th Dawn in 1964, starring William Holden and Capucine, […]

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8 Dec, 2016

Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services, Malaysia

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 and Place of Birth: January 13 1956, Kuala Lumpur Marital Status: Married with four children Education Master of Arts (Sustainable Tourism) (Honoris CAUSA) Presently Group Managing Director of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd; AOS Conventions & Events Sdn Bhd; AOS Training Centre Sdn Bhd; AOS Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd; The Jungle […]

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8 Dec, 2016

Daw Nyunt Nyunt Than, Director, Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar

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 of Birth: 23 June 1944 Religion: Buddhist Marital Status: Married Education B.A. Honours (Psychology), 1965 (Yangon Arts & Science University) Diploma in Economic Planning, 1980 (Institute of Economic, Yangon) Diploma in French, 1984 (Institute of Foreign Languages, Yangon) Career 1966-1976  Township Trade Manager, Syriam Township, Ministry of Trade 1976-1984  Branch Manager, International Trade Department, […]

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8 Dec, 2016

U Myo Lwin, General Manager, Tourist Burma

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 and Place of Birth: December 1941, Pyawbwe, Mandalay Education Rangoon Arts and Sciences University, Class of 1963, Studied Political science, English Literature, History Tourism Planning Course in Munich by CDG 1981. Religion: Buddhist Career After working as Deputy Director in International Trade Department, joined the then Tourist Burma in April, 1981. Tourist Burma was […]

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8 Dec, 2016

Virachai Vannukul, Managing Director, Air Siam

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 and Place of Birth: July 21, 1934, Bangkok. Marital status: Married and separated Education Diploma of Higher Accounting 1950, The School of Accountancy, London Presidential MBA from Pepperdine University, California, 1978, graduated with honors. Second MBA (1985) and MA (1983) in Executive Management, Claremont Graduate University, California Second doctoral program, Ph.D. in Organization […]

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7 Dec, 2016

Sonny Aung Khin, Proprietor, Padonmar Restaurant Yangon

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 and Place of Birth: 10 December 1939/ Yangon, Myanmar. Marital Status: Single Education Bachelor of Arts – History, University of Rangoon, Myanmar – (1966) Career Sales Representative, B.O.A.C. (now British Airways), Rangoon – (1960-1970) Sales Manager, Air France , Rangoon –(1970-1976) General Manager, Skyline Travel Services, Bangkok – (1978-1992) Founder, Burma Cultural Tours, Bangkok […]

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7 Dec, 2016

U Htay Aung, Minister of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar

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 of Birth: 12 June 1951, Yangon, Myanmar Marital Status: Married with one son Education Master Degree in Tourism Administration (George Washington University, U.S.A in 1991) Registered Lawyer and Higher Grade Pleader Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand, February, 2016) Career Joined the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in 1989 and […]

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7 Dec, 2016

Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, Senior Tourism Advisor, Myanmar Tourism Federation

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 and Place of Birth: September 26, 1948, Mandalay, Myanmar Ethnic/Religion: Bamar, Shan, Mon, Rakhine/Buddhist Marital Status: Married with 2 Daughters Education: Master of Arts in Political Studies (1974), School of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (1972-1974) Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Political Science, Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University, New Delhi, India […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Alwin Zecha, Executive Chairman, Pacific Leisure Group

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 and Place of Birth: Sukabumi West Java, Indonesia, 4 April 1936. Marital status: Married with one daughter and two sons Education From 1941 to 1950, attended Dutch Secondary, Chinese/Japanese School, Dutch/Indonesian Elementary in Indonesia. Thereafter went to the United States and did high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1952. That was followed by […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Sri Mulyono Herlambang, President, Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies

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 and Place of Birth: 9 November 1930, Solo, Java He began his career in the Indonesian Air Force as Ensign First Air in 1951, followed by the School of Life Sciences Strategy (1952), USAF Flight School (1955), Staff College (England 1959). Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 27 November 1965 until March […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Kusa Panyarachun, Managing Director, World Travel Service

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 and Place of Birth: 30 December 1918, Bangkok Married Status: Twice married with one son Education Vachiravudhvidhayalai and Thepsirin High School 1938, Secondary School in Philippines and College in Williston Academy in USA for two years Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Pennsylvania, USA in 1947 Career During World War II, worked with the […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Kurt Wachtveitl, General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

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 and Place of Birth: 31 July 1937, Munich Marital status: Married with three children: Inka, Kim, and Carla, two granddaughters and one grandson. Education A graduate of the Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland, he studied Philosophy at the University of Madrid, as well as History of Art and Literature at the Dante Alighieri […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul, Managing Director, The Landmark Bangkok

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 and Place of Birth: July 24, 1941, Bangkok, Thailand Marital status: Married with 3 sons and one daughter Education Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University (1964) Honorary Doctorate in Tourism and Hotels, Dhurakijpundit University (1997) Honorary Doctorate in Tourism and Hotels, Sripatum University (2006) Career The Shell Company of Thailand, Internal Auditor […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Daisy Hadmoko, Editor/Publisher, Travel Indonesia Magazine

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 and Place of Birth: Maymyo, Burma. November 9, 1930. Education St Joseph’s Convent, Maymyo 1935 to 1942. Evacuated to India in 1942 at beginning of Japanese invasion of Burma. High school: Simla, India, 1944. Faculty of Science, University of Punjab, Lahore 1945 to 1947. At outbreak of India-Pakistan partition riots. Returned to Burma. Kindergarten […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Pradech Phayakvichien, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

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 of Birth: April 29, 1949 Education: 1998-1999 – National Defense College, Bangkok 1973-1975 – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA-M.S. (Urban Design) 1964-1969 – Silpakorn University, Bangkok-B.Arch. 1957-1964 – Vajiravudh College, Bangkok Career May – October 2012, Acting Rector of Silapakorn University May – October 2012, Acting Rector of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Yavalaksana Pangsapa, President, ASEANTA

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 of Birth: 10 October 1936 Marital Status: Widow Education: 1950 – Mater Dei High School, Bangkok 1950-1952 – High School at Ursula College, NSW, Australia 1952-1954 – Secretarial Courses at L.W. Chant, Sydney, Australia 1954-1956 – Cosmetology at New Berry College, Hollywood, California, USA Career 1956-1958 Frank’s Beverly Hills Company, California, U.S.A. 1958-1960 Trans […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Tony Bruggemans, CEO, Sahid Int’l Hotel Management & Consulting Corp, Indonesia

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 of Birth: June 13, 1943 Education CERIA Brussels Hotel School Diploma. Fluent in French, English, German, Dutch and Afrikaans. Career Spent 14 months as Chef Intendant of the First Belgian Dutch expedition in the South Pole before immigrating to the United States. Spent 8 years in Hawaii as Food & Beverage Manager and […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Capt Jothin Pamon-Montri, VP Flight Operations, Thai Airways International

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 of and Place of Birth: 22 December 1935, Bangkok Marital Status: Married, with one son, two daughters  Education: -Certificate (G.C.E.), Shoreham Grammar School, UK -Certificate, Air Services Training Hambe, UK and Embry Riddle, USA -Certificate, Commercial Pilot & Instrument Rating Multi-engine rating and ground instruction for air Transport License Training: -1976, Certificate “Intensive Advanced […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Seree Wangpaichitr, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

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 of Birth: 24 July 1939 Marital Status: Married Education – Bangkok Christian College – Chulalongkorn University, B.A. in Political Science (majoring in International Relations) – Training in Tourism Management at the School of Tourism Industry Management, University of Hawaii, USA – Training in Tourist Business Operations at the Pacific Asia Travel Association, San Francisco, […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Dra Cri Murthi Adi, Director Marketing, Directorate-General of Tourism, Indonesia

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 and Place of Birth: April 2nd, 1932, Lumajang, East Java Religion: Muslim Education: 1953 – 1958 BA – English Literature, Gajah Mada University, Jogjakarta Indonesia 1959 – 1961 MAT – Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Speaks fluent Dutch, English and French, and passive German, Japanese. Career 1962 Dept. of Education and Culture as Head […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Daniel Corpuz, Executive Director, Philippine Convention & Visitors Corporation

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 and Place of Birth: 23 May 1952, Iloilo City, Iloilo Marital status: Married Education B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1968 – 1973 Tourism Management (Diploma with Distinction) Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Salzburg, Austria, 1975 – 1976 M.A. in Urban Planning, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1980 […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Gen. Chalermchai Charuvastra, First Head of the former “Tourism Organisation of Thailand”

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.

Place and Date of Birth: Not Available Date of Passing: 8 April 2009 Education: -Wat Thepsirin School in 1933 -Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in 1940 -Thai Command and General Staff College in 1947 -British Army Staff College, Camberley, England in 1949 -Thailand National Defence College in 1962 -Honorary Degree of Strategic Development, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat […]

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29 Nov, 2016

John M. Daniels, President Director, Bali Discovery Tours

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 and Place of Birth: August 16, 1953, Michigan, USA Education Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. B.A. Graduate 1975. Summa Cuma Laude. Phi Beta Kappa key recipient. Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Association. Career Bali Discovery Tours – President Director – January 2000 to present Spice Island Cruises – Managing Director – […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Pornthip Hirunkate (Addie), Managing Director, Destination Asia Thailand

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 and Place  of Birth: 14 July 1952, Bangkok Education 1972: Holy Infant Jesus Commercial School, Bangkok 2009: Thai Institute of Directors, Director Certification Program Career 1974-1984  Tour Guide, Tour East  (Thailand) Ltd. 1984-1990  Incentive Tour-Coordinator, Tour East 1990-1992  Marketing Manager, Tour East 1992-1997  Country Manager, Tour East (Thailand) 1997-2001  General Manager, Destination Asia (Thailand) […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Elly Nurlaila Hutabarat, President, ASEANTA

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 and Place of Birth: 9 October 1944, Bogor, Indonesia Education University of Indonesia, majoring in Psychology, MBA Program for Executives, Jakarta, Indonesia Career Pantravel, President Ayu Berga, GSA for Saudia, Chairperson Pan Maritime Wira Pawitra (shipping company) Chairperson Intrareps (International Tourism Representatives), Chairperson Pan Convince (PCO), Chairperson Associations: Indonesia-Australia Business Council, President (2005 – […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Niels Lumholdt, Senior VP Industry Affairs, Thai Airways International

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 and Place of Birth: 12 December 1932, Esbjerg, Denmark Education Completed high school in Copenhagen, Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota. Career Joined the American Express Company in Minneapolis right after graduation. Returned to Denmark in 1956, joining SAS as a sales assistant stationed in Copenhagen. Completing the SAS Management Training Programme, served as […]

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28 Nov, 2016

I Gusti Putu Laksaguna, Deputy Minister for Internal Control, Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

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 and Place of Birth: January 12, 1953, Tabanan, Bali Education Bachelor’s degree from the Institute of State Administration of Indonesia, Master’s degree from the University of Surrey, UK. Diploma in Hotel Management, Certified Food and Beverage Executive and Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Institute. Career Ambarrukmo Palace Hotel, Yogyakarta, 1972, moved to […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Sani Soemakno, President, ASEAN Hotel & Restaurant Association

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 and Place of Birth: Ambarawa, February 13, 1936 Marital Status: Married Religion: Islam Education: 1960 – 1963: Toyo University Japan, 
Hotel Management & Travel Business 1969 – 1970: University of Hawaii, USA Hotel Industry Management 1971: Cornell University Ithaca, New York USA Hotel Management Professional career: 1957 – 1960: Front Office Manager, 
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28 Nov, 2016

Roberto Jotikasathira, President, ASEANTA

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 and Place of Birth:  10 August 1932, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with one son. Education: The son of a Thai diplomat and Italian mother, he did most of his schooling in Rome and London. Then did a brief stint at the University of Rome studying political science. Professional Career: Spent many early years in Italy […]

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28 Nov, 2016

P.R.Gopal, President, NATAS, Singapore

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 and Place of Birth: Singapore, 15 May 1936. Education: The Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore Marital status: Married with 2 girls and 1 boy Professional Career: After school, he had various jobs from school teacher, clerk, customs. Prior to involvement in the travel industry, he served 10 years in the Armed Service as Commission Officer and […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Suchada Yuvaboon, Chairperson, Rose Garden Riverside

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 of Birth: 7 March 1945 Family: 3 Children – Arrut, Col. Kana and Anak Navaraj Education: Wattana Wittaya Academy, Thailand Virgo Fidelis Convent, England Hammersmith College of Art & Building, England ICCA – Conference Management Program, Salzburg Professional Career: 2001 – present: Chairperson – Rose Garden Riverside 1987 – present: Managing Director – Phuket […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Kamala Sukosol, Chairman & CEO, Sukosol Group

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 and Place of Birth; 22 October 1941, Bangkok Education: Master of International Affairs: Columbia University, New York Bachelor of Arts: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A. Professional Career: The daughter of Thai magnate Kamol Sukosol, Kamala inherited her father’s innate talent for business. After her studies in New York, Kamala returned to Thailand to join […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Dr. Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, Chairperson & MD, Dusit Thani Corp

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 of Birth: 15 May 1924 Education: Elementary – Saowapha School; Secondary – Suksanaree School. University – 4th Pre-University of Moral and Political Science (Thammasat University Higher studies for two years in the US Honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the National Institute of Development Administration. Marital status: Divorced with two daughters and one son. Professional […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Moehamad Soeparno, President, Garuda Indonesia

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 and Place of Birth:  23 February 1938, Cirebon Marital Status: Married to the late Mariah Soeparno, three children. Religion: Muslim Education: – Akademi Pimpinan Perusahaan, Jakarta (Jakarta Corporate Leadership Academy), 1962 – Civil Air Transportation courses in Frankfurt and Amsterdam (1972 and 1974) – Advanced Transportation Management Program, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill (1982) Professional Career: 1959: Started […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Charn Pirapokin, President, Siam Express

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: June 6, 1944, Bangkok. Education: Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, CA (1962-1964) Junior College: Carrillo College, CA (1964-1966) California State Polytechnic University (1966-1969) Diploma: Architectural Engineer B.S. Marital & Family Status: Married since 1975, 2 daughters and 2 sons Professional Career: 1969-1970: Project Engineer for Visarut Construction Company. 1970-1973: […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Ermin Garcia, President, ASEANTA

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 and Place of Birth: 23 March 1948, Dagupan City Education: Ateneo de Manila University, 1968, AB Behavioral Science High School – St. Louis University, Baguio City, 1964 Marital Status: Married with Ma. Patricia Recto-Garcia Children: Karina-Denise, Ermin Patrick III, Anna Karmina Professional Career: Since 1968, Editor-Publisher, SUNDAY PUNCH, Dagupan City, one of the country’s oldest […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Kephas Sri Budoyo, Founder-Member, ASEANTA

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:  26 September 1928, Klaten, Central Java Marital Status: Married to Mrs. Anna Maria Suryati, six children Education: SMA (High School) Jakarta; Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia Career 1951-1956: A Government Employee, he was Assistant to the Minister of Education & Culture in charge of the KUDP (Koordinator Urusan Demobilisan Pelajar), […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Dharmnoon Prachuabmoh, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

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 of Birth: 10 December 1934 Education: -Bangkok Christian College -Geelong Church of England Grammar School, Australia -Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. BS (Econ) -Advanced training on Destination Planning and Development conducted by International Union of Official Tourist Organization (IUOTO) -1985-1986: National College, Class 28 Professional Career: Tourist Organization of Thailand (TOT) […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Chatrachai Bunya-Ananta, President, Thai Airways International

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 of Birth: 6 November, 1932 Marital Status: Married with two daughters, one grandson and one granddaughter. Education: 1947 Assumption College, Bangkok 1951 St. Stevens College, Hong Kong 1951-53 Portsmouth Technical College, UK 1954-56 Cardiff University College, University of Wales, UK B.A. Economics & Accountancy 1968 Management Programme Cranfield College of Technology, UK 1979 Advanced […]

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27 Nov, 2016

Meity Robot, President, ASITA, Indonesia

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.

Full Name:  – Augustine Constantine Robot-Lewerissa better known as Meity Robot) Date and Place of Birth: 3 August 1937, Jakarta Marital Status:  Married to Robby S. Robot with 4 children Education: – HBS (Dutch High School) English Trade Correspondence Business Management, New York Airline Management, Los Angeles Airline Reservations & Ticketing Courses at Pan Am Training […]

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27 Nov, 2016

Prem Paul Ohri, President, ASEANTA

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 and Place of Birth: 15th October 1928, India Marital Status: Married Education: Bachelor of Arts (Honors) University of Punjab (1949) India Master of Arts (Economics) University of Delhi (1951) India Bachelor of Laws University of Delhi (1952) India Present Positions (as of Nov 2016) Managing Director G.C.Nanda & Sons Pte Ltd Director Leisure […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Wuryastuti Sunario, MD, Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board

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 of Birth 6 November 1940 Place of Birth Salatiga, Indonesia Education GCE Advanced Level, Oxford University, in English Literature, French and German Languages and Literature 1959 University of Reading, Berkshire, England, General Degree in English, French and German Literatures. 1962 Bachelor of Arts, Padjadjaran University in Bandung, majoring in English Language and Literature. Career […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Pakir Singh, Secretary-General, ASEAN Tourism Association

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 of Birth : July 21, 1945 Place of Birth: Singapore Religion: Sikh Education : Bachelor of Arts ( Honours ) in History from the National University of Singapore Bachelor of Law from the University of London Master of Arts ( History ) from the National University of Singapore Master of Human Resource Development from […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Datuk Abdullah Jonid, Executive Director, ASEAN Tourism Information Centre

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 and Place of Birth: 10 May 1938, Pontian, Johor Education Cambridge School Certificate (1957) Diploma in Tourism Studies Bournemouth College of Technology, United Kingdom (1973) Group Training Course in Tourism in Japan under the Colombo Plan Training Course in Court Procedures, Police College, Malaysia Career Began career in the Malaysian Government service in […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Tunku Iskandar, President, ASEAN Tourism Association

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 of Birth: 01 January 1947 Marital status: Married to Maneesah Ahmad since 1970, 3 daughters / 3 sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren Education: M.Sc. International Marketing, University of Strathclyde, UK. Professional Career: Fully involved in travel & tourism business since 1972, in various capacities: Mitra Malaysia Travel and Mitra Kembara Travel – Group President Pacific […]

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8 Nov, 2016

Joop Ave, Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecoms, Indonesia

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 of Birth: December 5, 1934 Place of Birth: Yogyakarta Marital Status: Unmarried Education Studied at the Foreign Service Academy (1957) and the University of the Philippines, Manila. Fluent in English, Dutch, French and German. Career Born to Dutch ancestors, he served in the Fourth Development Cabinet under Indonesian President Suharto. Active for 20 […]

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8 Nov, 2016

Narzalina Lim, Secretary, Department of Tourism, The Philippines

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 of Birth: 17 February 1947 Marital Status: Married, 2 children Nationality: Filipino Education 1971: Master of Arts in English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 1967:  Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Maryknoll College, Quezon City (Dean’s Honor List) 1963: High School, Philippine Women’s College, Iloilo City, Philippines, (Graduated Valedictorian) 1972:  French Language, […]

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8 Nov, 2016

Col Somchai Hiranyakit, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

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 of Birth: 22 October 1925 Place of Birth: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Education A career military officer. Completed Dhepsirin School (1941), Pre-Military Academy Class No.5 (1943), and B.Sc (Army) from the Royal Military Academy in 1949. After further training as an Anti-Aircraft Company Commander (USA) Anti-Aircraft Mechanics (USA), graduated from the Army Command and General […]

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