By Alison Eyring
Established in 1994 by former journalist Ho Kwon Ping and his wife Claire Chiang, the Banyan Tree has grown from humble beginnings to a highly respected brand in the hospitality industry, and a destination treasured by travellers the world over.
The group started out with a resort built on an abandoned and - they subsequently discovered - highly-polluted tin mine on the Thai resort island of Phuket.
From such unlikely beginnings - and after and extensive clean up - sprang an environmentally-conscious luxury beach resort, which in turn has spawned a chain of spas and hotels that today spans from the bustling heart of downtown Shanghai to the coast of Mexico.
Today Banyan Tree operates in more than 30 resorts and hotels and a chain of luxury spas in 28 countries. And it is looking to expand further, with a particular focus on new markets in the Americas and China.
Recently, as part of our continuing series Driving Growth, I had the pleasure of speaking with Abid Butt, who took over in 2012 from Banyan Tree founders as the group's first professional CEO.