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Chairman of Langham Hotels International - Dr. K.S. Lo named Asia Pacific Hotelier of 2004
Dr. Lo Ka Shui, GBS JP, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Great Eagle Holdings and Chairman of the Langham Hotels International Group was presented with the Asia Pacific Hotelier of 2004 award at today's 8th Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference held at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore.
The prestigious award is a tribute to Dr. Lo's dedication, commitment and achievement to the hotel industry in the region and particularly Hong Kong. As one of Hong Kong's leading property and hotel companies, Langham Hotel International is a dynamic, modern international hospitality ownership and management company which has become a real success story for an Asian home grown brand.
Langham Hotels International (LHI) is wholly owned by Hong Kong based Great Eagle Holdings Limited which is one of Hong Kong's leading property and hotel companies, developing, investing in and managing high quality office, retail, residential and hotel properties in Hong Kong, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The group's extensive international hotel portfolio currently comprises eight properties with over 4,760 rooms in six gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong, Toronto, Melbourne and Auckland.
In the fourth quarter of 2004, the Group opened Langham Place, a 1.8 million square feet complex in the prime shopping district of Mongkok, Hong Kong. It consists of a 600,000 square feet shopping mall, a 770,000 square feet intelligent office tower and the five-star Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong. The project which took over 14 years to materialize due to the complexity of multiple land ownership in the area is now singlely accredited for the revitalisation of Mongkok.
In Hong Kong, LHI owns, manages and operates the luxury 490-room Langham Hotel, Hong Kong, the all new 665-room five-star Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong, and the newly refurbished four-star 468-room Eaton Hotel Hong Kong. Internationally, it owns and operates four luxury hotels, including the 429-room Langham Hotel, London, the 325-room Langham Hotel, Boston, the 387-room Langham Hotel, Melbourne, the 410-room Langham Hotel, Auckland. In Canada, LHI owns and asset manages the four-star 1,590-room Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. Of these, five properties are accredited by the prestigious "The Leading Hotels of the World" being some of the world's finest luxury hotels.
A cardiologist by training, Dr Lo, graduated in 1970 from McGill University in Canada, with B.Sc. in Biophysics, and in 1974 graduated from Cornell University with M.D.. On his return to Hong Kong, Dr. Lo joined the Board of Great Eagle Holdings in 1980.
Each year, the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference honours an Asia Pacific Hotelier who has had the greatest impact on the region's hospitality industry. The Hotelier of the Year award was first presented at the 3rd Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference in 2000. Past recipients were Mr. Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman of Hong Leong Group, Dr Hari Harilela, Chairman of The Harilela Group, Mr. Richard Hartman, Managing Director of InterContinental Hotels Groups, Mr. Gwee Liang Kheng, President and Chief Executive Officer of publicly listed company Hotel Plaza Limited, and also President and CEO of United Overseas Land and Mr. David Baffsky, Chairman of ACCOR Asia Pacific. This year's award a signature limited edition lead cristal piece entitled "The World is My Playground" depicts a pair of Chinese Dragon Fish, or Lungyu swimming through the waves. The Lungyu, symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. A mythical creature that overcomes obstacles until success is his, very apt words to describe this year's award recipient.
A signature limited edition lead cristal piece by Liu Li Gong Fang, designed with a strong symbol of the Dragon fish philosophy. Dragon and Fish in Chinese Art Culture, are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.
A pair of dragon fishes, flying with the wind with energetic, intelligent and ambitious and swimming through the waves, leaping over the dragon gate with battling oncoming obstacles, bravery and wisdom will accomplish with success in the end.
GREAT EAGLE HOLDINGS LIMITED
Dr. Lo Ka Shui, GBS JP
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director
Dr. Lo was born in Hong Kong on February 19, 1947. He graduated in 1970 from McGill University in Canada, with B.Sc. in Biophysics, and in 1974 graduated from Cornell University with M.D.. Dr. Lo was trained and specialized in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, and did research in Nuclear Cardiology at the University of Michigan Hospital in USA until 1979.
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