Centara Makes Second Move into Middle East with Hotel in Oman

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    Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest operator of hotels, is continuing its expansion into the Middle East with the opening of a hotel in Muscat, Oman.Centara Muscat Hotel will be operated under a management contract and is scheduled to open on 1 June 2015.

    Irfan International Hotel Limited Liability Company owns the property.

    The hotel marks Centara’s second step into the Middle East, the first property, in Qatar, having been announced in February.

    “The Middle East region is a strategic one for us, and we are delighted to be announcing the opening of Centara Muscat Hotel,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

    “Oman becomes our tenth overseas destination, and we deeply appreciate the trust that international investors are placing in our unique Thai style of hotel management.”

    Centara’s overseas expansion began in 2009, and along with Oman the company now has properties either open or under development in Vietnam, Indonesia (Bali), China (Shanghai), Laos, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Qatar.

    “We have a strong marketing organisation within the Middle East, along with a very large customer base, and having a hotel in Oman is a strategic advantage for us,” says Chris Bailey, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts.

    “Our guest mix will be both leisure and business, and the hotel facilities will reflect this.”

    Centara Muscat Hotel will have approximately 154 guestrooms, with two food and beverage outlets, a swimming pool, a spa and a fitness centre. The hotel will also include extensive meeting facilities.

    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.

    The signing took place at Lotus 12, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

    Daniel Fountain / 22.04.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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