Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts, has announced the appointment of Marco Metge as general manager for Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.
Marco is a German national and has extensive knowledge and experience in international luxury hotel chains in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He started his hotelier apprenticeship at Mövenpick Hannover Airport Hotel in Germany in 1994. After three years he moved to Hyatt International in Germany before completing his graduate education in hospitality management at the IHK Hotel Management Academy.
Throughout his 20-year hospitality career Marco has worked in leading hotels such as Park Hyatt Hamburg, Jumeirah Beach Club Resort & Spa and Madinat Jumeirah. During his time with Jumeirah he was also part of the expansion of the luxury hotel group in Europe. In 2010 he was appointed director of operations at Jumeirah Frankfurt and after its successful opening in 2011 he moved to Rome and Istanbul as take-over general manager of two new Jumeirah properties.
In 2012 he moved to Thailand and was working as general manager for Tower Club at lebua, and lebua at State Tower in Bangkok prior to joining Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok as resident manager and has just been promoted as general manager of the hotel.
Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok was the first hotel to be opened by Centara Hotels & Resorts, 30 years ago, and is located near the elevated highway system, the underground Mass Rapid Transit and the BTS Skytrain, thereby ensuring that any district within the city is very easily accessible. The hotel features 565 guestrooms, with seven restaurants and bars, a Spa Cenvaree, fitness centre, swimming pool and other facilities.
A covered walkway provides a direct link to the adjacent Central Plaza shopping complex – one of the biggest of its kind in Bangkok with 300 shops, boutiques, restaurants and multiplex cinema. Delegates to events staged at the Bangkok Convention Centre Hall (BCC Hall) can walk to and from the hotel through the same thoroughfare.