Insights on Travel

The Discover+ Panel on Travel, held on 10 June 2020, was graced by Shyn Yee Ho-Strangas (Moderator), Director, Global Product Management at Expedia Group; Chester Chua, Vice-President of Global Development at Marina Bay Sands; Joyce Yang, Chief Content Officer at The Smart Local Media Group; and Matt Gebbie, Director, Asia Pacific at Horwath HTL. Attendees included students at various levels of education with a common interest in pursuing a career in the travel and hospitality industry…

Conversations with Daniel Teh

Daniel Teh is the Executive Director of Pope Jai Private Limited, a social enterprise in the food and beverage industry which provides employment and training opportunities to various groups of beneficiaries. He shares key learning points from his experience in this line of work…

Conversations with Sophia Kang

Sophia Kang is the Head Bartender at Manhattan, a bar at Regent Singapore that has been ranked #1 on ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars’ and #3 on ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’. In this article, Sophia talks about how she developed her skills, as well as her plans going forward. She shares valuable insights about her journey from serving tables to leading a world-class bar in her current role, allowing us to understand her role better and inspiring those who may also wish to be bartenders…

Reflections with Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson first joined Marina Bay Sands in 2013 as the integrated resort’s Senior Vice President for Hotel Operations, successfully managing Singapore’s largest hotel (2,561 rooms and suites), as well as the iconic Sands SkyPark and Pool, Transportation, Call Centre, and Food and Beverage Operations. He was appointed Senior Vice President of Non-gaming operations in January 2018, and assumed leadership responsibility to areas including its Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Facilities, Sustainability, Security and Cyber Security, as well as Sales….

Reflections with Ho Kwon Ping

Mr Ho Kwon Ping, founding Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, an international hospitality business, founding Chairman of Singapore Management University, former journalist at the Far Eastern Economic Review, has worn many hats over the course of his long and illustrious career. It was, though, not always so smooth and successful a ride. Mr Ho has had many run-ins with the authorities: first at Stanford University in America while he was an undergraduate, then during his National Service and later under the Internal Security Act while studying at the National University of Singapore as an undergraduate again, having left Stanford after his run-in with the authorities. In all these occasions, Mr Ho’s conviction to speak truth to power prevailed…