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Centara wins 5 Top Asia awards in SmartTravelAsia 2014 poll

Centara wins 5 Top Asia awards in SmartTravelAsia 2014 poll ( BANGKOK, Thailand - Thailand’s Centara Hotels&Resorts has won five awards in the SmartTravelAsia Best in Travel Poll 2014, conducted by the region’s leading dedicated online magazine for frequent flyers.

The open poll ran for three months May-July and is based on findings from travelers who undertake at least 12 air trips each year.

Vijay Verghese, editor of SmartTravelAsia, presented the awards to the Centara executive team during a ceremony at Centara Grand&Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

“The awards are based on direct feedback from frequent travelers from around the world, and we are delighted to have received such a strong endorsement from our guests,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels&Resorts.

“With the awards covering the business, conference, leisure and spa categories, and therefore representing a broad customer base, we are proud to see our reputation enhanced as Thailand’s leading hospitality brand.”

Centara had also won multiple awards in the 2013, 2012 and 2011 SmartTravelAsia poll, which is now in its 10th year.

Centara Grand at CentralWorld was named in the 2014 awards as being amongst the top 25 business hotels and the top 25 conference hotels in Asia.

Centara Grand Beach Resort&Villas Hua Hin, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, was named as one of the top 25 spa resorts in Asia.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui was awarded as one of the region’s top 25 leisure hotels and top 25 spa resorts.

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 (L-R): Nisara Khamphong, public relations manager of Centara Grand&Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld; Kanokros Sakdanares, corporate director of marketing communications of Centara Hotels&Resorts; John Kendes, resident manager of Centara Grand&Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld; Vijay Verghese; Thirayuth Chirathivat; Thirakiati Chirathivat, vice president for procurement of Centara Hotels&Resorts; Tara Hanrahan, corporate director of spa operations at Centara Hotels&Resorts.

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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