Kathleen Tan Awarded The “Most Influential Industry Person” In China

On June 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Kathleen Tan Awarded The “Most Influential Industry Person” In China GURGAON, 24 June 2013--- AAE Travel’s Chief Executive Officer, Kathleen Tan received “Most Influential Industry Person” (行业最具影响力人物)Award at the China Finance Summit 2013 (中国财经峰), held in Beijing, China.She is the first foreigner ever to accept this prestigious award.

China Finance Summit 2013 awards enterprises and corporations of various industries as recognition to the efforts made in economic development and environment.The nominees include country-owned, private and foreign enterprises in China as well as prominent figures from any industry. The 600 attendees present at the summit included government leaders, international organizations, NGO leaders, mainstream media, industry experts, academics and representatives from global corporations.

Earlier this year, Kathleen has been appointed CEO of AAE Travel, a joint venture between AirAsia and Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company. She oversees the Expedia and AirAsiaGo businesses in Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

In 2004, Kathleen was asked by AirAsia’s Group CEO, Tony Fernandes to “Go Change China”. Armed with a big map of China and a never-say-die attitude, she took on the challenge and started her journey of advocating the low cost airline model in China, inspiring thousands of young people to fly.         

Organizers of China Finance Summit 2013 praised Kathleen for leading the AirAsia brand to success in China. “During the past eight years, Kathleen’s strategic vision, boldness, and leadership have grown AirAsia’s revenue twenty-fold to over RM 10 Billion (US$ 3.5 Billion) in 2012. Her self-motivation and passion for the work won respect and trust from many partners from China.”

Tony Fernandes said, “Kathleen deserves this award and I am incredibly proud of her. Clearly, her commitment, energy, leadership and engaging personality have endeared her to China. She’s so passionate about the business in China, it has won her many fans throughout the industry. Amongst them are high-ranking government officials and respected individuals from the aviation, business and media world.”

Kathleen said: “When I took on the big mission to change China, I never dreamt that I would someday win an award for my work!  I am truly humbled and honoured by this gesture and yet, it’s such a sweet moment for me. However, this award is dedicated to everyone who has supported me and the team in China. I’d also like share this award with my AirAsia China team, Weibo fans and last but not least, Tony. Thank you for believing in me! I hope this will inspire more women and enterprising young individuals in China to step up, work hard and keep believing. One day, your efforts will pay off.”




AAE Travel, Asia’s leading online travel company, is a joint venture company between Expedia, the world's leading online travel company and AirAsia, the world's best low cost airline. Headquartered in Singapore, AAE oversees both Expedia and AirAsiaGo businesses across Asia Pacific.

It prides itself in helping travelers plan and book their travel by providing a personalized service, the latest technology, as well as a wide selection of over 200,000 hotels and 400 airlines. Every local website offers holiday packages, cheap flightshotel bookings, car hire and in-destination attractions to suit all travelling needs. In Asia, Expedia operates 11 sites including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and India. Expedia has been awarded the ‘Best Online Travel Agent’ in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by TTG Asia, Asia-Pacific’s leading travel trade publication.

As one of the fastest growing online travel portals in Asia, AirAsiaGo offers travellers an extensive selection of hotels, activities and travel services at competitive rates. With over 100,000 hotel partners worldwide and AirAsia’s complete flight inventory available on the site, travellers can book everything they need for a holiday – rooms to meet every budget, activities of every kind and travel services to compliment.