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HOTEL Asia Pacific magazine wins PATA Gold Award
– for 4th-year running


Hong Kong, 21 February 2005: Leading hospitality-industry magazine HOTEL Asia Pacific has won the 2005 PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Gold Award for the best business article. This is the fourth consecutive year that the magazine, established in January 2000, has been honoured in the awards.

The winning article, Who Wins?, appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of the magazine. The indepth cover story investigated the complex and controversial maneuverings that led to Starwood Hotels & Resorts securing the management contract of the Westin Grand Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok, and the ensuing court case between Starwood and would-be owner Asia Hotel Investments.

According to PATA, the Gold Awards: “recognise exceptional achievement in a variety of endeavors, bringing acclaim to the best the region’s travel industry has to offer. The winning projects set industry standards for excellence and innovation.”

Previous HOTEL Asia Pacific articles recognised in the PATA Gold Awards are: 

  • What Price Loyalty?, which examined the hidden costs to owners of hotel loyalty programmes (2002);
  • Safe, Not Sorry, which questioned the level of security in hotels following 9/11 and the Bali bombings (2003);
  • Fighting Spirits!, which looked at how rank-and-file hotel staff in Bali coped following the bombings (2004). 
HOTEL Asia Pacific Publisher/Editor Steve Shellum, who wrote the winning articles, commented: “The magazine has always been editorially lead, and there has certainly been no shortage of topics that have had an immense impact on the hotel industry over the past four years. 

“We see our role as being a sounding-board for issues facing the industry – whether positive or negative – and will continue to maintain our editorial independence and integrity.” 

Full PDF versions of HOTEL Asia Pacific can be downloaded from . It takes a simple, one-time registration and is complimentary to industry professionals.

Steve Shellum
HOTEL Asia Pacific
Tel: [852] 2443 7352
Also See: Travel Writers Steve Shellum and Prudence Lui honored by Marriott International / July 2003

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