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Radio jock to hoteliering whiz: Far East Hospitality CEO Arthur Kiong’s remarkable journey

Far East Hospitality CEO proves it doesn’t take a degree to succeed in what you do

Mr Arthur Kiong runs a company that operates a combined portfolio of close to 16,500 rooms over 95 hotels and serviced residences in nine countries. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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SINGAPORE - In mid-2002, the Western advertising world was abuzz about an audacious ad for the just-opened Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York depicting the Statue of Liberty basking in a golden glow with both hands raised in exultation – apparently, at the prospect of the famed hospitality label re-entering the city.

After the Sept 11 attacks on New York and elsewhere, the hotel, fearing the ad would reflect poor taste, sought to pull it from newspapers and magazines. One, though, somehow slipped through: in The New Yorker. 

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