F&B & Hospitality

Ho Kwon Ping

Former journalist-turned-global hospitality magnate has his eye on sustainability


Banyan Tree Holdings' executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping is the other half of the dynamic duo behind the international hospitality brand; his wife, Claire Chiang, is senior vice-president of Banyan Tree Holdings and co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.

Ho was schooled at Tunghai University in Taiwan, Stanford University in California, and the University of Singapore. He worked as the economics editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong before joining the Thai Wah family business after his father suffered a stroke. In 1994, after turning an abandoned tin mine into Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, he launched the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts brand with Chiang.

Today, Banyan Tree manages more than 48 resorts and hotels, 64 spas, 74 retail galleries and three championship golf courses in 28 countries worldwide. The group recently launched new properties in Cambodia, Indonesia and China, as well as its first establishments in the Middle East (Qatar), Europe (Greece) and Africa (Mozambique). Closer to home, it is also planning an eco-friendly, nature-inspired resort in Singapore, which is slated to open in Mandai by 2023.

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Ho published a book in 2018, Asking Why, which incorporates his speeches to various audiences, lectures, and articles commissioned by The Straits Times for its op-ed pages, over a period of 40-odd years. 

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