BY CK Lam
On March 7, 2017, Hotel Equatorial Penang hosted its annual Business Appreciation Dinner 2017 at its Grand Ballroom. The annual dinner was a token of appreciation to all the esteemed organisations for their support throughout the years.
The event themed “Le Chapeau Couture” kept the guests amused with entertainment by Master of Ceremony, Alan Labush besides ballet, cabaret, and live band performances.
The theme Le Chapeau Couture centers around fashionable hats and headpieces which followed the much celebrated French couture famed for centuries.
Over 150 guests comprising corporate clients, travel agents and airline representatives arrived for the cocktail reception at the foyer decorated with French inspired set-ups.
Also in attendance at the event was Penang State EXCO for Tourism Development YB Danny Law Heng Kiang.
The event opened with a welcome speech by newly appointed general manager Andreas Knüssi. The Swiss with 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, generally in South-East Asia, was last appointed as a general manager in China.
In his speech, Knussi thanked all present and also extended his gratitude to the sponsors of the evening: China Southern Airlines, RC Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd, Big Planet Travels Sdn Bhd, Penang Golf Club, merchants and hotels.
A selection of French delights prepared by the hotel’s culinary team was served at the French-inspired evening with the accompaniment of dancers and music.
As the event drew to an end, several guests emerged winners of the lucky draw and competitions, walked away with return air tickets, luxurious bags, watches, room stays, dining vouchers, and fabulous goodies.
The Best Dressed award saw lucky guests – Mr Sacha Saufi and Ms Lee Seow Peng bagging luxurious watches from Tag Heuer.
Group photo (by EQ) with general manager Andreas Knüssi
* Many thanks to Hotel Equatorial Penang for extending this invitation.