Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, Founder and Honorary Chairperson of Dusit International, has received the prestigious SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award from the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM).
Established in 2016, SHTM’s annual awards are designed to honour outstanding personalities who have contributed substantially to the development of hospitality and tourism in Hong Kong, the region and around the world. This year, the recipient was selected in accordance with the theme ‘Celebration of Women in Leadership.’ Thanpuying Chanut established Dusit International in 1948 and opened her first property in Bangkok, Princess Hotel, in 1949. It was one of the first properties in the city to feature a swimming pool, an elevator, and air conditioning. In 1970 she opened the Dusit Thani Bangkok; then the city’s tallest, grandest building. Thanpuying Chanut opened more five-star hotels in Thailand and overseas, and branched out into hotel and culinary education with the Dusit Thani College in 1993, and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School in 2007. On 5th May 2000 His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred upon Ms Piyaoui the highest royal decoration for a civilian: Knight Grand Commander (Second Class, Higher Grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao with the right to bear the title “Thanpuying,” the equivalent of “Dame.” The Award was presented to Thanpuying Chanut, now 97 years old, in Bangkok in February 2018. A ceremony was held in her honour in Hong Kong on 22 June 2018, where she was represented by her son, Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International. Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit International, proudly represented his mother at the event in Hong Kong. Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, Founder and Honorary Chairperson, Dusit International. “Throughout her life my mother has worked tirelessly, and unselfishly, to promote and develop Thailand’s tourism industry overall and she is delighted and honoured to be recognised with this prestigious award,” said Mr Donavanik. Mr Chan Tze-ching, Chairman of the PolyU Council, said, “Our awardee, Thanpuying Chanut, is a legend and pioneer in her industry. Her exemplary accomplishments have not only played an important role in raising the level of the regional and global hospitality business but also helped transform it through a