SINGAPORE, 10 September 2021: Best Western Hotels and
Resorts president and CEO David Kong will be inducted into BTN Group’s Business
Travel Hall of Fame later this year.
The Business Travel Hall of Fame, established in 2011,
honours distinguished business travel leaders that have had a profound impact
on the travel category.
Representing the lodging sector, Kong follows in the
footsteps of industry giants, such as the founders of Hilton Hotels, Southwest
Airlines, and JetBlue, CEOs of American Airlines, British Airways, Avis, Hertz
and the chairmen of Hyatt, Marriott, and Concur.
Kong, the longest-serving CEO in the hotel industry, is
being recognised as a trailblazer whose contributions will leave a lasting
imprint on the travel industry.
“David’s induction into The BTN Group’s Business Travel
Hall of Fame is a testament to the key role he has played as a leader and
advocate in the business travel sector,” said BTN Group executive vice
president Louis Magliaro. “His work to transform BWH Hotel Group into a
global powerhouse has undoubtedly forever changed the landscape of the travel
industry. With this recognition, we are celebrating both David’s personal
contributions, as well as the contributions of BWH Hotel Group, to our
Kong responded: “I am deeply honoured to be recognised
by BTN Group and inducted into the Business Travel Hall of Fame,” said
Kong. “To be included among such a distinguished list of accomplished
individuals is truly humbling.”
Under his leadership, BWH Group invested more than USD2
billion in property improvements and renovations. The group is celebrating its
75th anniversary this year.