The high-flying chief
In just two decades, Qatar Airways’ has become a force to be reckoned with in the aviation world. The airline’s outspoken CEO, Akbar Al-Baker, speaks his mind to Sim Kok Chwee.
Rocking and rolling in Asia
A Hard Rock hotel has just opened in Goa and the brand will also debut in China in Shenzhen, followed by Haikou. It’s rock-and-roll in Asia for EVP and chief development officer-hotels Marco Roca, who speaks to Raini Hamdi.
Airport lounge for the masses
Frustration with the poor passenger experience at airports was what led Song Hoi-see, CEO & founder of Plaza Premium Group, to pioneer the world’s first independent airport lounge business
Newsmaker: Wyndham turns focus to SE Asia
HAVING grown massively in China, Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) is now bent on huge growth in South-east Asia, where it admits it’s been “a...
Newsmaker: Tan succeeds Logan as IHG’s development head
THE number of Asian professionals who head development for international chains in their own region can be counted on one hand. Clarence Tan has no...
Newsmaker: Urhammer preps Contiki for the future
WITH no prior experience in the travel industry, Casper Urhammer took on the top job at Contiki Holidays over a year ago and now plots...
It’s for the kids
Nothing motivates more than building a legacy for the kids, which is why Outrigger Enterprises Group is buying resorts globally and creating a space for itself. President and CEO David Carey talks to Raini Hamdi
Newsmaker: Vaissie keeps International SOS on crisis watch
THE lack of an adequate emergency and medical system in Asia three decades ago was what prompted Arnaud Vaissie, chairman and CEO of International...
Newsmaker: De Souza propels Wyndham’s growth in Asia
FORMER Best Western International (BWI) head honcho in the region, Glenn de Souza, has set up his own hotel management company and wants “the...
Not a clash of titans
Nobu Hospitality believes its upside-down model from restaurants to hotels is hotter than hell’s kitchen. After expanding in the US, Europe and the Middle East, it is now whipping up interest in Asia. CEO Trevor Horwell talks to Raini Hamdi