The School of Travel Industry Management recognized two distinguished alumni for exemplary professional achievement and contributions to the community and TIM at the 11th annual Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism luncheon Oct. 29 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.
Independent media representative Audrey Higuchi and Alan Ong, senior vice president for operations and projects and general manager of the Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur, (pictured) were recognized.
The event was co-hosted by TIM, TIM International alumni association and the Hawaiʻi Hospitality Hall of Fame. The hall of fame honored Alfred Apaka Jr., Fred Dailey, Stanley Kennedy Jr., Richard Kimball, Annalie Tatibouet and Ruddy Tongg.
TIMI alumni hosted a mixer at ZenShu Restaurant in Honolulu in October.
The event welcomed four TIM alumni who had traveled from Asia to speak at the school’s Ambassador L. W. “Bill” Lane Lecture on Sustainable Tourism.
The speakers were Alex Kong (’94), founder of AsiaTravelMart.com; and Aliana Ho (’73), vice president for sales and travel trade marketing at HongKong Disneyland; Clyde Min (’71), vice president for asset management at Pacifica Partners, Singapore; and Tsuyoshi Sakata (’71), president of Japan’s TSC Consulting Corporation.
The food at the laid-back Japanese sports bar was specially prepared by owner and fellow TIM alumnus, Wilson Chan (AS ’98 Kapiʻolani; BS ’01), pictured with TIMI President Dave Evans.