14 April 2004-04-14
Fred Tibbitts &
Associates Third Annual
“A Spring Evening in Singapore with very Special Friends”
RAFFLES-EQUINOX, SINGAPORE, APRIL 13, 2004
Singapore –The “Third Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates (FTA) Spring Evening
in Singapore with very Special Friends” proved to be another memorable event for
guests, who included ambassadors, hotel executives, managing directors, regional
vice presidents, GMs, industry press and wine partners.
The reception was sponsored by Moet-Hennessy Asia-Pacific, and featured Moet
& Chandon Brut Imperial. All guests were formally announced.
The six-course gala dinner was preceded by a Buddhist prayer; followed by a
number of Loyalty Toasts led by the Ambassador to France, His Excellency, The
Hon. Jean Paul Reau and the Ambassador to Hungary, His Excellency, The Hon.
Gyorgy Nanovizky. These were followed by toasts from, among others: Dr. Nicola
Occhipinti of the Embassy of Italy; T. Markland Blaiklock, Managing Director of
Raffles Hotels & Resorts; and Steven Hicks, Regional Vice President of
Operations-South East Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group.
Dinner was prepared by Raffles Executive Chef Otto Weibel. Each course was
served with wines personally chosen by Fred Tibbitts, representing labels from
Australia, California, France and New Zealand. The wines were expertly paired
with the extravagant menu by Adrian Wong, Director of Food & Beverage, Raffles,
FTA President and CEO Michael Charlton announced that the 2004 FTA
Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian will be presented at the FTA
Fall Dinner in Hong Kong on 29 October to Kevin Murphy, Senior Vice
President-Development, Langham Hotels International. A scholarship in his name
will be awarded to an exceptional student for the Masters in Management Graduate
Studies programme offered in Hong Kong by Australia’s Macquarie University in
conjunction with the International College of Tourism and Hotel Management,
The 2004 FTA Literary Award for Excellence will be presented in Hong Kong to
Steve Shellum, Publisher/Editor of Hotel Asia Pacific magazine, and a
scholarship in his name will be given to a worthy student at the School of Hotel
and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong University.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates, headed by President & CEO, Michael Charlton, is
the pre-eminent consultant and facilitator on wines and spirits to some of the
world’s leading hotel groups. The company is based in New York.