Centara Takes Seven Awards In Online Travel Magazine Poll

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    Centara Hotels & Resorts has won seven awards in four different categories from SmartTravelAsia.com, an online travel magazine. Winners of the Best of Travel Poll 2010 were voted for by worldwide readers and users of the website.Three properties were voted into the Top 25 Leisure Hotels & Resorts category, with Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hua Hin appearing in the 10th position, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui at number 18, and Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya at number 23.

    Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hua Hin was also voted into 11th position in the Top 25 Spa Hotels & Resorts category, while Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui was voted 13th.

    Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld was voted 18th in the Top 25 Conference Hotels category, and number 22 in the Top 25 Business Hotels.
    The awards were presented to Centara Hotels & Resorts by Vijay Verghese, Editor&Director of SmartTravelAsia.com.

    Centara had previously won four awards in SmartTravel’s poll for 2009.

    “We are delighted to have received these seven awards,” said Suthikiati Chirathivat, Chairman of the Executive Board of Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited (CENTEL). “This does we feel reflect the fact that Centara is expanding fast as a company and achieving strong brand recognition in the prime marketing categories.”

    Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts, said that the awards are enormously encouraging for the group’s marketing division.
    “More and more of our business is done via the internet, and the awards raise and strengthen our profile,” he said. “This is vital for us as we expand the number of hotels and resorts within the group, both in Thailand and overseas.”

    Centara Hotels & Resorts has currently a total of 41 properties, 35 of them in Thailand and 6 overseas. Of this total, 28 are open for business and 13 are under development. Three will open during this year, three in 2011, six in 2012 and one in 2014.

    Daniel Fountain / 30.09.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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