AirAsia Group won Asean Business Award for tourism

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AirAsia Group Bhd won the Asean Business Awards for Priority Integration Tourism Sector category yesterday.

The award recognises outstanding performance in the Asean priority integration sector of tourism.

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the award, the group’s first from Asean, is a really important recognition towards the company’s image as an Asean company.

“This is the first one we won from Asean which is really important to me because I always seen ourselves as an Asean company.

“It was a great award to win because it what we always said we are. We are making Asean smaller, we are connecting Asean more – I was pleased with this award,” he told reporters after the award ceremony here, last night.

The award was presented by Philippines president Rodrigo Roa Duterte, witnessed by Philippines Trade and Industry secretary Ramon Lopez and Asean Business Advisory Council (BAC) chairman Joey Concepcion.

The ABA was created by the Asean BAC in 2007 to recognise outstanding Asean enterprises, serve as a platform to spread information on the Asean Economic Community, and spotlight small medium enterprises that have the potential of becoming global economic players in their respective industries.

In addition to tourism, Priority Integration Sector awards were given for achievements in 11 other sectors – fisheries, electronics, e-Asean/ICT, textiles, logistics, wood-based, rubber, agri-foods, healthcare, automotive and retail.

Another Malaysian based company, Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd, won the Priority Integration Sector under rubber category, yesterday. – AFP