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Banyan Tree founder given Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Creativity Association

Category: Awards

01 Apr 2010

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Singapore- Mr. Ho KwonPing, Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd (“Banyan Tree”) has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the coveted American Creativity Association (ACA) Lifetime Achievement Award, the organisation’s highest form of recognition that honours individuals for outstanding creative accomplishments that have substantially contributed to the betterment of society.

The award is an endorsement of Mr Ho’s achievements in various fields, including his leadership of Banyan Tree, which has often been credited for forging new trends in the global hospitality industry, among them for pioneering the tropical garden spa concept in Asia and envisioning the innovative pool villas for which Banyan Tree is renowned, and which have since set the benchmark for luxury travel.

In the history of the ACA to date, only ten awards have been given. As its first non-American recipient, Mr. Ho now joins the ranks of such innovators as Senator John Glenn, the first American astronaut to circle the Earth, Earl Bakken, inventor of the heart pacemaker, and Jack Kilby, inventor of the micro-chip.

“This award celebrates individuals who have creatively stretched beyond conventional thinking and paradigms to positively influence society,” said Jamie O’Boyle, President of ACA. “KP’s life work spoke for itself during the award evaluation process.”

“I am flattered and deeply honoured by this rather unexpected but very welcome award”, Mr Ho said. “In my opinion, some innovations spark from good luck, others are born out of necessity; and in the case Banyan Tree, it has often resulted from a conscious and purposeful search for innovative opportunities driven by our brand values.”

In his acceptance speech, Mr Ho paid tribute to organisations such as the ACA, which he believes plays a vital role in “promoting the necessity for creativity in every aspect of our lives, so that like the air we breathe and the sunshine that we enjoy, creativity is not external to our lives, but is a daily necessity, a blessing, a source of inspiration and quiet enjoyment.”

Through active participation in civil society through his various leadership positions in civic and educational institutions, Mr Ho, together with wife Claire Chiang, is also one of the leading corporate social responsibility (CSR) advocates in Singapore. Banyan Tree, a founding member of the UN Global Compact in Singapore, has also won numerous awards for sustainability initiatives implemented at its resorts all over the world.

In addition to being the founder and executive chairman of Banyan Tree, Mr Ho is the Chairman of the Singapore Management University, a member of the Global Advisory Council of London Business School and INSEAD International Council and East Asia Council. He is also the Chairman of MediaCorp Singapore, and a member of the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy.