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Centara's best associates recognized with inaugural awards event

Centara's best associates recognized with inaugural awards event ( BANGKOK, Thailand - Centara Hotels&Resorts, as Thailand’s leading operator of hotels and a company that is rapidly expanding, has initiated an annual awards scheme to recognize associates who have made significant contributions to the growth and service quality of the organization.

The first Centara Awards ceremony was held on 3 July at the World Ballroom, Centara Grand&Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, and was attended by Centara’s key corporate executives and general managers from around the world.

“The Centara Awards are a matter of great personal pride to me,” said Suthikiati Chirathivat, chairman of Centara Hotels&Resorts.

“When I and my brother Samrit founded this company more than 30 years ago, as Central Hotels&Resorts, the hotel industry very quickly became a passion.

“Since 2007, the year we rebranded to Centara Hotels&Resorts, we have been on a path of rapid strategic expansion, and this requires the very best people who can continue to evolve Centara’s core values so that we remain true to our roots.

“Our management and our associates are the most important resources of the company, as they carry forward the vision and the passion that we have had since the beginning.”

There are three awards: Manager of the Year Award, Special Contributions Award, and General Manager of the Year Award.

Wuthisak Pichayagan, executive assistant manager for food and beverage at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya was named as Manager of the Year.

Thanawathna Panyasarn, doorman at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, was presented with the Special Contributions Award.

Voytek Klasicki, area general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort&Spa Maldives, was named as General Manager of the Year.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels&Resorts, said that although these three awards went to different functions of the company, they each had several aspects in common.

“Amongst the qualities we were looking for in selecting the winners were that they are good role models, enjoy sound working relationships with colleagues and team members, and act as outstanding ambassadors for the hotel and the company, both amongst guests and in the local community,” he said.

“Our heartiest congratulations go to the three winners, because all the criteria for the awards were very exacting, and they certainly deserve the accolades.”

Centara Hotels&Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 21 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar, Laos and Oman brings the present total to 68 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 30 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with 7 branches of the 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 have their own leisure zone. Centara also operates three state-of-the-art convention centers 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 affordable lifestyle brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at affordable prices; the brand is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.

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PHOTO: Suthikiati Chirathivat (center), Chairman of the Board and Thirayuth Chirathivat (right), chief executive officer of Centara Hotels&Resorts present the certificate and plaque for General Manager of the Year in the Centara Hotels&Resorts Awards 2014 to Voytek Klasicki (left), area general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort&Spa Maldives. The award was presented in a ceremony at World Ballroom B, Centara Grand&Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wilasinee Jinaut, Centara Hotels & Resorts, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand, Tel: +66 (0) 2 769 1234, Fax: +66 (0) 2 769 1235, Email:

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