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19 October 2007
FTA Seventh Annual Evening in Hong Kong
With Very Special Friends
Grant Hyatt Hong Kong, OCTOBER 18, 2007 Hong Kong S.A.R.
– The Seventh Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates (FTA) “An Autumn Evening in
Hong Kong with Very Special Friends” proved a memorable evening for the
fortunate seventy guests who attended this annual FTA spectacular.
All Guests at the reception, held at the Grand Hyatt Hong
Kong, were formally introduced and chimed. The guest list included some of the
region’s top, corporate hospitality executives, hotel general managers and
VIP’s. Those present included Kinnie Wong, Assistant Commissioner for Tourism,
Hong Kong S.A.R., Steven Hicks, Senior Vice President of Cotai Hotel Operations,
Venetian Macau Ltd., Brian Deeson, Senior Vice President, Accor Asia Pacific,
Nigel Roberts, Senior Vice President-Operations, Langham Hotels International,
Gregoire Simonin, Group Culinary Project Design Manager, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Group, Rudolf Mueller, Executive Chef, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ambrose W.S.
Cheung, Executive Director, The Lai Sun Development Co. Ltd., David Ganesh Sarju,
Partner, Gladstone Morgan, Tommy Lam, President, Academy of Wine Singapore and
Jesse Yee, Executive Director, KELY (Kids Everywhere Like You).
The elegant four-course dinner, prepared by the culinary
team of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, was preceded by International Loyalty Toasts
by eleven of those most illustrious.
Paul Alex White, Senior International Banking Centre
Manager for HSBC presented a bank draft in the amount of US $500.00 for the
China Tibetan Childrens Health and Education Fund to Stephen Young, Senior Vice
President, International Development, Wyndham Worldwide, who was representing
Madame Annie S.C. Wu, Honorary Chairperson.
The 2007 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a
Humanitarian was presented to Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts by Brian
Deeson, Chairman, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association).
Paul Alex White then presented an HSBC bank draft drawn on
the account of FTA in the amount of US $5,000.00 as a donation in honor of
Andrew Jones to KELY.
Following the Summons of the Brigade, Fred Tibbitts,
President & CEO and Joy Taprakhon, Manager Asia Pacific, FTA conducted a Lucky
Draw for one bottle of each of the seventeen wines served with the dinner.
The Sponsors for the dinner included IBM, Ecolab, Ernest &
Julio Gallo Winery, Castello di Gabiano, Banfi, Phillips Foods Asia, Torres,
Wente Family Estates, Salvadori Olive Oil, Stolzle-Lausitz, Trinchero Family
Estates, Concha y Toro, Barokes Wines and Moet Hennessy Diageo.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates is a leading, global beverage
and technology consulting agency to some of the world’s leading hotel and
restaurant groups. The company has offices in New York State and Bangkok.