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24 October 2006
FTA Sixth Annual Fall Evening in Hong Kong
With Very Special Friends
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, OCTOBER 19, 2006 Hong Kong-SAR
– The Sixth Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates (FTA) “A Fall Evening in Hong Kong
with Very Special Friends” proved a memorable evening for the fortunate fifty
plus guests who attended this annual FTA spectacular.
All guests at the reception, held at the Grand Hyatt Hong
Kong, were formally introduced and chimed. The guest list included some of the
region’s top, corporate hospitality executives, hotel general managers,
directors of food & beverage as well as numerous Hong Kong-based Consul
Generals. Those present included Gordon Fuller, General Manager, Grand Hyatt
Hong Kong; John Berndt, Vice President of Operations, Marco Polo Hotels; Martin
Jones, Senior Director of Food & Beverage, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels &
Resorts; Christoph Zbinden, Group Director of Food & Beverage, Mandarin Oriental
Hotel Group and Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive, Ocean Park Corporation as well as
the Consul Generals to Hong Kong from Chile, the Czech Republic, Myanmar and
The elegant four-course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef
Marco Avitabile and his culinary team, was preceded by International Loyalty
Toasts by the Dinner Personalities and many of those most illustrious.
The 2006 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a
Humanitarian was presented to Dr. Kam-hon Lee, Professor of Marketing and
Director, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, School of Hotel and Tourism
Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong by Ambrose W.S. Cheung,
Executive Director, Lai Sun Development and Esun Holdings.
Nick Gandolfo, Vice President Commercial Banking and Paul
White, Manager Premier Centre for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Ltd presented an HSBC bank draft drawn on the account of FTA in the amount of
$5,000.00 US to fund a scholarship from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in
the name of Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee then called forward Michelle Cheung, Catering
Coordinator, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and 2005 Graduate, The Chinese
University of Hong Kong to be presented with the Kam-hon Lee Scholarship for
The Sponsors for the dinner included Camus La Grande
Marque, Concha Y Toro, Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, IBM Retail Store Solutions,
Maxxium Hong Kong Limited and Sanpellegrino.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates is the pre-eminent global wine
and spirits consulting agency to some of the world’s leading hotel and
restaurant groups. The company is located in New York State.