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Centara’s world-class standards reflected with 6 awards in SmartTravelAsia 2013 poll

Centara’s world-class standards reflected with 6 awards in SmartTravelAsia 2013 poll ( BANGKOK, Thailand - Centara Hotels&Resorts has won six awards in the SmartTravelAsia Best in Travel Poll 2013, conducted by the region’s only dedicated online travel magazine with over one million readers worldwide.

Vijay Verghese, editor of SmartTravelAsia, presented the awards to the Centara executive team during a ceremony on 28 August at RedSky restaurant, on the rooftop of Centara Grand at CentralWorld.

“We are delighted and proud to receive these awards from SmartTravel Asia, and we feel that they reflect the world-class standards of Centara,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels&Resorts.

“With the awards spread across a number of sectors, covering business, conference, leisure and spa categories, this does we feel enhance our international standing as Thailand’s leading hospitality brand.”

Centara had also won multiple awards in the 2012 and 2011 SmartTravelAsia polls.

Centara Grand at CentralWorld was named in the 2013 awards as being amongst the top 25 business hotels in Asia, and also amongst the top 25 conference hotels in the region.

Centara Grand Beach Resort&Villas Hua Hin, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, was named as being in the top 25 leisure hotels in Asia, and also in the top 25 spa resorts. Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui was also named as one of the top 25 leisure hotels and to 25 spa resorts.

Centara Hotels&Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 41 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 58 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 27 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 Hotels&Resorts also operates two 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 economy brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the Internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.

PHOTO: Thirayuth Chirathivat (3rd right), Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels&Resorts leads the executive team to receive awards from Vijay Verghese (3rd left), Editor of Smart Travel Asia online magazine, in the publication’s Best of Travel Poll 2013. The ceremony was held at the Red Sky Restaurant, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

Photo shows Centara’s executives from left:

-Paul Snow, Operation Manager of Centara Hotels&Resorts
-Chris Bailey, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Centara Hotels&Resorts
-Vijay Verghese
-Thirayuth Chirathivat
-Robert Maurer-Loeffler, General Manager of Centara Grand at CentralWorld
-John Kendes, Resident Manager of Centara Grand at CentralWorld

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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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