Born in Hong Kong, Ho spent his childhood years in Thailand where his father, Ho Rih Hwa, was a businessman and diplomat.5 A student activist in his teens and early 20s, Ho admits to being a rebellious youth.6 In the late 1960s, he was a student at the International School of Bangkok. Travel Chiang grew up in a two-room flat in the Little India district with her parents and five elder brothers. And that's the moment the door into Ho's past starts to inch open — he reveals to us that he had just (the night before meeting us) finished reading his father's personal diaries for the first time, having found them after recently clearing his late parents' old home. As the late Lee Kuan Yew was friendly with the Hos, Ho shared that he had gone to visit Ho's family when his father died. She died at the age of 88, seven years ago. So blasé he was about it, though, that he decided against holding a fancy book launch or having it played up with too much fanfare — although a series of recent talks and interviews he has done have propelled him (more precisely, his views) back into the public eye. “I think we were always brought up with the sense that this is an opportunity we can personally take on if we feel it fits our personal purpose,” says Ren Yung of the Banyan Tree business. He went on to Tunghai University in Taiwan where the exposure to Chinese culture left a deep impact on him. Our dream was really to write, study, and talk about development issues—social development and economic development. We introduced our work to them, we talked to them about the business, but we never forced them to join”. For my generation, this milestone represents the start of the final one-third of our lives, when experience, wisdom and grace can be all brought together to enable final acts of purpose and meaning.". 4 October 1951, Singapore–) is a social activist, entrepreneur and author. He has been a Director since 5 July 2000. “I felt a little bit foolish,” Ho admits with a candid grin. The power couple behind Banyan Tree Holdings have started preparing for succession planning. Singapore has seen over 50 years of major road projects, from the PIE to the North-South Corridor. Certainly, the person Ho is is fascinatingly unique — ex-journalist, jailed and barred from travelling to the U.S. and also incarcerated under Singapore's Internal Security Act, founder of the Banyan Tree resort empire, and founding chairman of the Singapore Management University. As a habit, the late Nathan would always send handwritten letters of thanks to his friends and volunteers. “It’s a yin and yang thing—we’re not just about embracing the environment and saving endangered species. The new properties will add to the group’s current total of 47 hotels and resorts, 64 spas, 76 retail galleries and three golf courses in 23 countries. All three family-owned companies are listed in Singapore and Thailand. Mr Ho was born into a wealthy family. Ho shares that in Li's final years, he would go out every Wednesday night to have dinner, one-on-one, with her. The tourism industry may take two steps forward and one step back on its path to recovery, said Ho Kwon Ping of Banyan Tree Holdings. Ho Kwon Ping defines success as “a sense of relief at not screwing up so badly”; Image: Courtesy of Kelvin Chia “For an entrepreneur to survive 25 years in a pretty difficult global environment is not easy. Without much research, they simply bought the land – without realising how polluted it actually was. When it comes to erudite business families, the couple behind Banyan Tree Holdings is about as good as it gets. About She’s been exposed to the workings of the family business since she was a child, and today heads the group’s integral spa and retail units. Privacy policy. One highlight among the slew of new brands and hotels coming up over the next few years is the first Singapore resort operated by Banyan Tree. “Asian economies at that time were growing on the back of contract manufacturing. But we digress.Why are we meeting him a third time in four years? But that’s not the case anymore. “Philanthropy tends to mean you give to causes when you have extra money. Creating a brand was about moving up the value chain.”, (Related: Banyan Tree Has Their Eye On The World). In other words, it’s great for my father, husband, boyfriend, or son to do NS, but not me. This is a vehicle of purpose.”, And they intend to hold fast to that foundational core of idealism for the action-packed journey ahead. That’s what she’s trying to say.” All kidding aside though, it’s clear that this is a company that means a lot to her, filled with people she regards as her larger family. Background of founder Ho Kwon Ping. In 2010, it chose advisory group EarthCheck as a strategic partner for obtaining external sustainability certification. We have to break down the traditional department silos, and put in the processes that enable us to express our brands consistently to ourselves and our customers,” Ren Yung believes. It was very touching for me (to read) how happy he was that I was going to come home finally and this and that, and then he had his stroke. For my parents' generation, this milestone would have represented the start of the twilight years, the slow retiring from not only business but also public activities, and the dimming of the light. For indeed, when you have one-third of your life left to accomplish "final acts of purpose and meaning", every minute counts. "It's good not to know too much", he concludes. “Every little thing you do helps to build up a strong company culture.” For this year’s 25th anniversary festivities, for instance, staff got a chance to shine in a group-wide talent contest, whose finals were held in June at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico. "The other perspective, I suppose, is you do begin to see your own mortality. 13 At the time, Ho was about to take up a job at INSEAD, a business school in Fontainbleau, France. He is also the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and Chairman of The Singapore Summit. Because she remembered that my father did not have a good way of going... On the Monday after that, my mother had a massive aneurysm. He tells us about his and his wife's last visit to Nathan at his home — they chatted with him for over two hours, enjoying Mrs Nathan's samosas. “The target customers for these new brands are best defined by their beliefs and values rather than by standard demographics,” says Ren Yung. | Mr Ho joined the Banyan Tree Group (“BT Group”) as Associate Director of Corporate Development in 2010. He says he … And we're toasting each other, and I toasted her and say, 'may you live long', and she said, 'Yeah, but you know you're going to die too', and I said 'you are going to die too, just live life with meaning' and all that... and she said, there's only a good way to go, not a good time to go. That’s something that is really on my mind.”. She was Singapore’s Woman of the Year in 1999, and a former nominated member of parliament. Ho Kwon Ping's foray into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke. CEO, New World Development. Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series. Executive Director and CEO, HCL Corporation. “An analogy I use is that of animals crossing a river where they are in danger of being eaten by crocodiles,” says Ho. I came back, and then we worked together for another 10-over years, but over that period of time he was already beginning to deteriorate and he had quite a number of mini-strokes before he began to lapse into a coma for a number of years, so he had a very long dragged-out illness. In his diaries, Ho was moved to discover that his father had kept every aerogramme (a lightweight, self-sealing letter card. Claire Chiang (b. So it’s quite funny to hear Ho slip into a more colloquial register at one point during this conversation—when daughter Ren Yung (the second of their three children) mentions the word “multi-hyphenate”. Has he any plans for this final burst of fire? “Expressing a brand today is multidimensional—there are so many different touchpoints, both internally and externally. To nurture its own staff (whom the company terms associates), Banyan Tree runs its own management and spa training academies, and pays out all service charges to employees, which is not the norm in many countries’ hospitality industries. “It’s a natural alignment between Mandai Park Holdings and Banyan Tree in terms of like‑minded values regarding the protection of nature,” says Chiang. Flights to nowhere > Flights to somewhere. Ho shares at this point that, in the wake of the launch of Asking Why, somebody wrote to him and suggested that his next book should be "why not?" ), or to check out his house, but because of his latest book,Â, Ho Rih Hwa, and those of you from Singapore Management University (SMU) would likely recognise his name, from the university'sÂ. Whatsapp Linkedin FB Messenger Telegram Reddit WeChat Pinterest Print … Born in 1952, Ho Kwon Ping was educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore. Banyan Tree Holdings is a Singapore-based leisure business group , which owns both listed and private companies engaged in the development, ownership and operation of exclusive luxury hotels, resorts, spa, residential homes and retail galleries based in Asia. There’s more synergy and we can work together as a team”. Her son, Ho Kwon Ping, was born in Hong Kong in 1952 and later became a businessman. Noting that former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has essentially created a hegemonic Singapore national identity for us, SR Nathan Fellow Mr Ho Kwon Ping said that Mr Lee’s recent passing serves as a poignant reminder about how it is now time to forge our own identity based on a collective of diverse identities and histories. We don't always live up to it... You never know.". Banyan Tree Holdings. All rights reserved. Inspired by the work of women’s rights activist Shirin Fozdar, Chiang conceived retail arm Banyan Tree Gallery as a showcase for items created by rural craftswomen. IPS-Nathan Lectures Singapore: The Next Fifty Years - Lecture III: Security and Sustainability by Ho Kwon Ping. Mr Yong Pung How, SMU Chancellor 2011–15. Ho Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. These two are obviously adept at giving cerebral answers to interview questions. Gan See Khem Gan See Khem is the executive chairman and managing director of Health Management International; and managing … That move would give it much more prominence than other long-running and more distinguished lecture series in Singapore, which most recently featured Malaysian Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim: But when we asked Ho if he remembers his last moments with his parents, it is a distinct memory of the final evening and conversation he would ever spend with his mother that he shares first. – Ho Kwon Ping, Banyan Tree Holdings “Thankfully we’ve extended our survivability past two years, even if it’s a worse-case scenario,” he noted. Since 2007, it’s been running the Seedlings programme, which provides youths with mentorships and scholarships. Minfong would go on to become a noted writer. Banyan Tree Founders, Ho Kwon Ping And Claire Chiang, Together With Daughter, Ho Ren Yung Talk About Their Entrepreneurial Journey As A Family, Executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings; married to Claire Chiang, Senior vice president of Banyan Tree Holdings; married to Ho Kwon Ping, Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series at the Institute of Policy Studies. SMU founding chairman Ho Kwon Ping will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. However, as the eldest son, he felt it was his duty to take over the reins of his family business. “For various reasons, we’ve reduced our burn rate, we’ve negotiated bank loans. Multi-what?” Ho asks, with some amusement. Indeed, what at first seemed like a brief idyll actually had a profound influence on their lives. He was designated Executive Chairman on 1 March 2004 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2019. Mr Ho Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. We rushed her to the hospital; three days later, she died. “And our guests also realise that they are part and parcel of this whole sustainability enterprise.” Since its inception in 2009, this foundation has disbursed close to US$8 million. (Photo of page from Asking Why). Claire Chiang (b. “Huh? “We are a brand known for well-being and sustainability. He worked as a broadcast and financial journalist and was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. | For more information, please refer to our Privacy Policy. He is also the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and Chairman of … is certainly the next question one should ask, as "it opens the world to you to create the world that you want to do". #Tatlergram: Where Do Our Society Friends Go for a Hotel Staycation in Singapore?  Ambassador to several countries such as Thailand, Belgium and Germany. In every decision we make, we go beyond what is necessary because we are thinking about how to help people maximise their potential. I see that in the actions of my parents when they go to our properties. 337 likes. Three new brands are currently in the pipeline, as are a total of 60 hotels and resorts, over half of which will be in China. Meanwhile, thank you and Claire for all the kindness you have showered on me, all these years. Named the first Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series at the Institute of Policy Studies in 2014, he published Asking Why, a collection of his writing, last year. For someone now running a large multinational company, Ho Kwon Ping's early career is perhaps surprising. “It’s about how we are all in this together, I think that’s the whole point,” says Ho of this choice. And we need to be aware that in this zone, we don’t yet have the economies of scale of a global company, and neither do we have the comfort of being a mom-and-pop operation. Take the opportunity to do so. And as both of them enjoyed drinking, they often drank together too. Claire Chiang, Ho Kwon Ping and Ho Ren Yung. Ho was born to Ho Rih Hwa, a businessman and diplomat, and Li Lienfung, the noted bilingual author. We believe exceptional customer experiences start with our associates, so we are spending a lot of time building that strong foundation of service culture and leadership from within.”, Another priority is improving the digital capacities of Banyan Tree brands. In 1994, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University. “At that time, it was about building a foundation for Singapore, about education and jobs,” says Chiang. Source: Singapore Management University website. Ho's dad is the late Ho Rih Hwa, and those of you from Singapore Management University (SMU) would likely recognise his name, from the university's Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series. “Sometimes I feel we’re like an antelope in the middle of the stream right now. Ho also says he will always remember Lee's kindness towards his family, when he agreed to give the inaugural Ho Rih Hwa lecture. He also hopes to continue having an interest in the world, but ultimately, apart from the certainty of grandfatherhood — he will be a granddad of three by the end of this year — he admits he "really (doesn't) know". Little did Ho know, though, that it would be the last time he would get to see the late former president alive. Brands that drive emotional responses will be the ones that last. ... Ho’s shift into the business world came several years later when he decided to join the family business after his father suffered a stroke in 1981. The Straits Times, 2 May 2020. In the 1980s, along with Ho’s brother, architect Ho Kwon Cjan, the couple bought a piece of land in Phuket, Thailand, at a pretty affordable price. If you like what you read, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Telegram to get the latest updates. Ho Kwon Ping is the founder of Banyan Tree, a worldwide chain of luxury resorts based in Asia. And that's what led us to what we started with, in a completely not-morbid way — the remainder of his life. For one, the founder of Banyan Tree Holdings, Ho Kwon Ping, is a Singaporean national who was once a prisoner. Minfong would go on to become a noted writer. “From how guests interact with our website, to their preferences during their stay, there are a million touchpoints we want to capture and understand better,” she says. At the time, Chiang was pursuing a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Hong Kong, while Ho worked as a journalist for the Far Eastern Economic Review. As Banyan Tree turns 25, the Singaporean hotelier reflects on surviving crises, the importance of diversity, redefining luxury, and his biggest regrets. Ho's father would eventually slip into a coma following a massive stroke in 1993, and eventually died age 81 almost six years later, in 1998. It was found sealed on his table by his family, who passed it on to Ho. He went on to Tunghai University in Taiwan where the exposure to Chinese culture left a deep impact on him. So why does Ho Kwon Ping keep asking why? Reflecting on the suddenness of death, Ho told us about the eulogy he delivered at SMU's memorial service for the late former president S R Nathan. What about how being a granddad has changed him, we ask — back in 2015, Ho told Tatler that one of his life's highlights was the birth of his first and only grandson so far; that little boy is now three. It is about thanking and celebrating our dedicated associates.”, With this new world, of course, comes new expectations. Banyan Tree was born from this entrepreneurial zeal, and shaped by the ideals of the couple’s youth, not to mention a dash of bad luck. He is with the late SR Nathan, former President of Singapore. Another poignant moment in our conversation came when Ho talked about his late father's affliction by a series of debilitating strokes in his later years. “Other companies would bring in celebrities, big names. Li has another son, Kwon Cjan, who is also involved in business. That’s what she’s trying to say.” All kidding aside though, it’s clear that this is a company that means a lot to her, filled with people she regards as her larger family. Father Ho Kwon Ping, a former journalist who took over the reins at his own dad's manufacturing business before starting Banyan Tree, is now … Ho Kwon Ping, the executive chairman of this hospitality group, is also the founding chairman of the Singapore Management University. Brands that drive emotional responses will be the ones that last. For one, the founder of Banyan Tree Holdings, Ho Kwon Ping, is a Singaporean national who was once a prisoner. Ho explains that "asking why" is a habit he actively encourages in his children and his grandchild. So I feel blessed in the sense that we had a great conversation about death and life, and all these kinds of stuff that two drunken people have. “I think giving people an unprecedented access to nature in such a small and highly urban state is probably going to be an experience that’s quite unparalleled in the rest of the world,” says Ho. “When it opens, guests will have a glimpse of a world that’s truly immersive.”, Indeed, a brave new world awaits, not just in the tropical wilderness of Singapore, but perhaps also in the self-perception of this homegrown brand as it starts a new chapter. They soon found out that the land was sold cheap for a reason—it had been polluted by tin mining, and that the cobalt colour was caused by acidic chemicals. October 12, 2018, 11:30 AM. 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