Top tourism honours for 32 recipients at Singapore Experience Awards 2013

Top tourism honours for 32 recipients at Singapore Experience Awards 2013
Robert Khoo former CEO of Natas who won Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism (left) and Mark Alvarez Lim assistant manager of Port Belly who won the best customer service award for food and beverage outlets.

The 2013 Singapore Experience Awards winners were announced last night, in a gala ceremony held at the Singapore Marriot Hotel with Guest-of-Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

A total of 32 individuals and organisations were honoured for their efforts in constantly innovating and creating distinctive and compelling Singapore experience.

Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board said, "Behind many great experiences are great teams and individuals whose attention to detail and commitment to provide the human touch make all the difference.

"This year's finalists and recipients are amongst the many whose passion and dedication have helped drive Singapore towards our goal of providing memorable experiences. Their work and dedication are truly an inspiration to the tourism sector."

The Awards, which is in its fifth year, saw four recipients clinching top honours under the Special Recognition and Outstanding Contribution categories.

Mr Robert Khoo, the now retired CEO of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) Group, was accorded the evening's highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.

The year's Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Mr Olivier Bendel, CEO of Deliciae Hospitality Management for his contributions to the Singapore dining scene with Sentosa Cove and Duxton Hill.

For his strong advocacy of and contributions to Singapore's MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) industry, Dr Perry Shum, founding member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society, was recognised as Business Event Ambassador.

Finally, Gardens by the Bay was awarded the Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism award for cementing Singapore's unique positioning as a City in a Garden.

One of the judges, Dr Yek Tiew Ming, Principal of ITE College West, said: "The nominees I have met during the judging process were all excellent in what they do; professional, passionate, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile in delivering their services. All of them are the shining ambassadors that I expected for Singapore.

"I firmly believe that tourism is an industry that needs to embrace meeting and interacting with people. Tonight's finalists and winners have clearly done that, and wholeheartedly with passion."

dithwoo@sph.com.sg

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