Hong Kong – 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.