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Centara moves into Laos with 5-star Grand hotel in downtown Vientiane

March 31, 2014 Hotel Openings No Comments Email Email

centraraCentara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, is to have its first hotel in Laos in 2017 with the opening of the luxurious five-star Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane.

Located in the downtown district of the Laotian capital of Vientiane, the hotel will be designed to a French colonial style.

Centara will manage the new-build property under a management contract.

The hotel is owned by a well-known Laotian company and is being developed under an investment of Baht 1.5 billion (USD 46.2 million).

“We are very proud of the fact that our top-tier Grand brand is expanding even further overseas,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“The brand is carrying our unique style of Thai hospitality into new markets, backed by the confidence of international investors.

“Vientiane is an exciting destination for us, and the hotel joins our Grand branded properties in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Mauritius, Shanghai, Addis Ababa, Doha and, of course, Thailand.”

Including Vientiane, Centara now has a total of 20 Grand hotels.

“Laos is a natural market for us, being a direct neighbour of Thailand, and we are delighted that we shall have a five-star hotel in the centre of downtown Vientiane,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“This will add to our marketing strength in Southeast Asia, providing an exciting new destination for our large customer base around the world and adding to the opportunities for our business partners.”

Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane will have 200 rooms and feature Centara’s five-star facilities, including two restaurants, a Spa Cenvaree, a Kids’ Club, swimming pool, fitness centre and meeting facilities, including a ballroom.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 46 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom.

A further 20 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar and Laos brings the present total to 66 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its recently launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens have their own leisure zone. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available; the brand is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.


Photo 1: Thirayuth Chirathivat (4th left), chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts and Ekaphanh Phapithack (4th right), owner of Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane, shaking hands after signing a hotel management agreement for Centara to manage the new Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane. The ceremony took place at Lotus Suite 10, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. 

Photo shows from left:

-Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing of Centara Hotels & Resorts

-Suparat Chirathivat, vice president for development of Centara International Management Co Ltd

-Dr Ronnachit Mahattanapreut, senior vice president of finance and administration of Centara Hotels & Resorts

-Thirayuth Chirathivat

-Ekaphanh Phapithak

-Sounthorn Chanthavong, deputy general director and senior legal advisor of Joint Development Bank

-Thanongsack Phounsombath

-Dusit Suriwan

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