HICAP 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Chanin Donavanik

Published July 2023

Chanin DonavanikSingapore – HICAP is pleased to announce that Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee and former Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, will be awarded the HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Donavanik will be presented with the award at the HICAP being held 23-25 October 2023 at the Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford.

The HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments and contributions to expanding, enhancing, and advancing the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region and the world.

Serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dusit International since January 2016, Mr Chanin Donavanik, former Chief Executive Officer, continues to uphold the values and vision introduced more than 70 years ago by his mother, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, who founded the company in 1948.

Dusit International, or Dusit Thani Public Company Limited (DUSIT), is a leading hospitality group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Its operations comprise five distinct yet complementary business units: Dusit Hotels and Resorts, Dusit Hospitality Education, Dusit Foods, Property Development, and Hospitality-Related Services.

Businesses operating under Dusit Hospitality Education in Thailand include Dusit Thani College, a private educational institution offering culinary and hospitality management programs; Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School, in partnership with the famous Paris-based institute; and The Food School, which offers experiential training by three globally recognized institutions – including Dusit’s own Dusit Thani College; Japan’s renowned Tsuji Culinary Institute; and Italy’s esteemed La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana (ALMA) – alongside exclusive incubation services for food and beverage startups.

A prominent figure in Thailand’s tourism industry for many years, Mr. Donavanik has previously served as President of both the Thai Hotels Association and the ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association, and Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism & Service Business Committee. Currently, he serves as a Director for the European Committee of the Board of Trade of Thailand. In the public sector, Mr. Donavanik served as a member of the National Legislative Assembly in 2006.

Over the past few years, Mr. Donavanik has had the privilege of serving as an Advisory Board member of the Baptism Development Project in Jordan, initiated by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to develop the Baptism Site of Jesus as a global destination for spiritual tourism.

Mr. Donavanik holds an MBA from Boston University, and he was recently presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts in Hotel Management from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

In recognition of his significant contribution to the development of hospitality education in Southeast Asia, in 2016 Mr. Donavanik received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE).

“We are delighted and honored to award Khun Chanin Donavanik with the prestigious HICAP Lifetime Achievement Award. Khun Chanin Donavanik’s impact on the hotel industry is both symbolic and a true testament to Thailand’s rich tradition of generating world-class hoteliers.” said Jonathon S. Zink, COO, The BHN Group.

For additional information on HICAP or the Lifetime Achievement Award, visit the website at www.HICAPconference.com. HICAP’s 2023 event will take place 23-25 October 2023 at the Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford.