Bangkok – Centara Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Dec. 12. Part of the Central Group, the kingdom’s biggest retailer, and formed initially as Central Hotels & Resorts, the company’s first hotel was the Hyatt Central Plaza Bangkok, today known as Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.
From the one property has grown a chain of hotels and resorts that currently includes 38 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in Thailand, and a further 18 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka and Mauritius, bringing the present total to 56 properties.
There are currently six hotel brands within the Centara main brand, ensuring that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, long-stay guests and meetings and incentives groups will all find accommodation that is appropriate to their needs.
Centara operates 24 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travelers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of.
Centara also has three major convention centers in Bangkok, and two in the northeast of Thailand, at Udon Thani and Khon Kaen.
Bangkok – Amari has announced its partnership with BBC Worldwide, to introduce its international hit reality TV format, “Dancing with the Stars,” to Thailand.
“Dancing with the Stars” is one of BBC Worldwide’s Global Brands, and in 2010 was named the world’s most successful reality TV format by the Guinness Book of Records. The show pairs local celebrities with professional dancers who each week teach their partner a dance routine from the world of ballroom or Latin. Every week, the pairs perform their routines in front of a set of judges who mark each couple out of 10. Viewers are also able to vote for their favorite couple with scores from viewers and the judges combined.
With the addition of Thailand, there are 43 local versions of “Dancing with the Stars” around the world spanning six continents. The brand has also extended into live events, gaming and digital properties.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Worldwide to bring such a globally successful TV show to Thailand,“ said Peter Henley, president and CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group. “What better way to bring the colors and rhythms of modern Asia to life than through the medium of dance and music. We look forward to embracing “Dancing with the Stars” and introducing the energy and excitement of the show to our Amari guests and the Thai viewing public.”
For the first time, the show will be financed via an Ad-Funded Programming (AFP) model, with Amari as the exclusive sponsor of the show. “Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Thailand’s Channel 7 in January 2013 with seven 90-minute episodes. The Thai series will be independently produced by MCL (Metine Company Ltd) and Kantana Group PLC and funded by advertising. Amari will feature in ad breaks throughout the series and will have logo signage within the show.
Centara will be managing the hotel under a contract signed in February 2010 with the Cliff Residence Company Limited, a division of the Tulip Group. The newly built nine-storey hotel will have 161 rooms and suites and is being developed under a budget of Bt1.1 billion including land.
“We have worked very closely with the Tulip Group to bring this project to fruition, and we are delighted to be announcing the opening date,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts (www.centarahotelsresorts.com). “The location is superb, being in the center of the exclusive Phratamnak district and within just two minutes of Phratamnak Beach, and the design of the hotel is that of understated club-like luxury,” he said “We have enormous confidence in the future of Pattaya, and regard this beautiful property as being an important strategic step in our growth plans.”
“Airbnb is about creating unique, memorable experiences, and we’re seeing a huge increase in demand in Thailand and across Asia,” says co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Nathan Blecharczyk. “Thailand is one of the premier travel destinations in the world, and Thai people are also traveling abroad at increasing rates, so Thailand will be a crucial market for us as we continue to grow.”
Airbnb is currently the world market leader in unique, short-term accommodations. In June the company celebrated 10 million nights booked, and on any given night, over 50,000 guests are staying at Airbnb accommodations around the world. Airbnb is also available for download in mobile application on both iOS and Android platforms. The app was named iTunes’ “Travel App of the Year. “
Classic Kameo Hotel Rayong (www.kameocollection.com) comprises four room types: deluxe rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites, and spacious two bedroom suites, all decorated with high quality, contemporary furniture and feature separate living and kitchen areas, and a bathroom with shower and bathtub.
The stylish, modern Classic Kameo Hotel Rayong is the fourth Kameo Collection property in Thailand. The others are Kameo House Rayong; Kameo House, Sriracha; and Karavel House, Sriracha. A fifth Kameo Collection property, Classic Kameo Hotel, Ayutthaya, opens later this month.
Her Banyan Tree experience includes managing the Double Pool Villa construction at Banyan Tree Phuket as executive assistant manager–rooms, from 2005 to 2007; hotel manager for Angsana Bintan from 2007 to 2009; part of the core pre-opening team for the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in 2009; opening Banyan Tree Samui as resident manager from 2010 to 2012; and a short stint as part of the pre-opening team at Banyan Tree Tianjin in July 2012. The Sukhothai-born Ms. Aumpa holds two degrees from Thammasart University in Bangkok and a Certificate of Education in Professional Development Program from Cornell University School of Hotel Management in New York, USA.
The MPA’s strategic conference focuses on a few keys that will help reduce copyright theft and expand the diversity of legitimate choices available to consumers as well as to seek ways to include strong intellectual property rights provisions in every Great China trade agreement in order to ensure that all parties uphold commitments to protect the power of creative ideas around the world.
The Landmark Goes Green project/activity has been well received during the past five years. Contact 02-254-0404, ext 7777 to take part in the ‘Landmark Goes Green V’ activity/project or to purchase a ‘Beanie’ Teddy Bear at the Lobby area of The Landmark Bangkok.
Conceived and developed in-house, the creative brief and aim is to showcase the magic that The Peninsula brings to its guests with photography, video, and going “behind the scenes” – in short, each image and scene tell a story.
The “Peninsula Moments” images are shot by photo-journalist and portrait photographer Russell Wong, a Singapore-based photographer known for his portraits of celebrities ranging from Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh to Tom Cruise, together with his work in Hollywood as stills photographer for motion pictures such as “Underworld,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hero,” and “House of Flying Daggers.”
The stills photography is complemented by a series of short video vignettes in various formats, produced by Ridley Scott Associates, and directed by Jean-Claude Thibaut and Antony Cook, whose previous work includes videos for Luis Vuitton, Hermes, and Boss.
Taling Ngam Resort scooped up two awards, securing the title of both “Thailand’s Leading Beach Resort,” as well as “Thailand’s Leading New Resort.”
In addition to its two prizes, the illustrious resort was also nominated for six additional awards categories at WTA. The prestigious annual travel awards ceremony for Asia, Australasia and Indian Ocean region took place at InterContinental Singapore recently. WTA is revered as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ worldwide.
General Manager of the resort, Arnaud Girodon on receiving the prize said, “This is a truly magnificent achievement and tremendous recognition for our team at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. In 10 short months since opening, we have received overwhelming praise from our guests, media and our industry peers. We will continue with our efforts and we’re excited to see what else the future holds for us!”