Centara’s CEO won Asia’s most Influential people in Travel Business award

| January 14, 2015


Centara Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce that Mr. Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, has once again been recognized at Now Travel Asia Awards as “Asia’s Top Influential Person in Travel Business”.  The sumptuous 2014 Gala Ceremony was held in Bangkok at Pathumwan Princess Hotel on December 4th and during the night, in addition to Mr Chirathivat’s award, Centara properties took the top prizes in two other important categories.


The timeless Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin won the honors as “Asia’s Top Heritage Hotel”, while the Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas in Phuket was recognized as “Asia’s Top Beach Hotel”.


Mr. Chirathivat was naturally thrilled that Centara hotels and resorts are gaining a reputation for excellence in service, ambience and presentation, although he is a little more modest when it comes to his own award.  “If it wasn’t for the hard work and wonderful attitude of the staff at Centara, I would not appear to be doing such a good job,” he commented gratefully, acknowledging the staff effort that goes into supporting his role as CEO.


Mr Chirathivat has had a long and prestigious involvement in the travel industry and as CEO of Centara, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the company keeps growing and succeeding.  This experienced manager of people and property has more than 25 years in the hotel management business, starting work in 1990 as an F&B Coordinator at the Hyatt Central Plaza in Bangkok – now the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. He was subsequently promoted to F&B Promotions Manager, and then to Project Development Manager.  Prior to being appointed CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Mr Chirathivat was Senior Vice President for Project Management, directly responsible for overseeing construction and renovation projects for the entire group of hotels.


Mr Chirathivat also holds a bachelor degree from Chulalongkorn University and Master’s in Food, Hotel and Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in the US.  He also attended the Program of Management Development and Executive Education at Harvard Business School and has undertaken management programmes at other well-known universities and institutes.


“I am aware of the high regard in which these awards are held throughout the industry and I’m very happy to be recognized here, but I’m particularly pleased that our hotels are gaining such a positive response from the experts at Now,” said Mr Chirathivat.


Now Travel Asia has come to award honors to hospitality and travel businesses in over 20 categories since they inaugurated the Awards in 2012, and they have received a tremendously positive industry and public response internationally. This year, the awards ceremony was designed to officially showcase the NOW Travel Asia Awards on the world stage and globally position the NOW Travel Asia magazine as Asia’s leading travel authority.  The 2014 NOW Travel Asia Awards Gala Ceremony certainly succeeded in one aim; it was a huge social success, with over 200 leaders in the travel and hospitality industries from around Asia, including representatives from top hotel, spa, airlines, restaurant and entertainment venues all attending the event and networking. The ceremony gala also served a vote of confidence in the city of Bangkok as a true international leader in travel services as well as a world-class destination.


Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 48 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom.  A further 26 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar, Laos and Oman brings the present total to 74 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 travellers. 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 centres 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 travellers 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.


Suthikiati Chirathivat (3rd left), Chairman of the Board of Centara Hotels & Resorts, congratulatesThirayuth Chirathivat (centre), Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts on him receiving the Asia’s Most Influential People in Travel Business-Thailand award from the NOW Travel Asia Magazine. The reception was held at Red Sky restaurant, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.


Photo shows from left are:
-Chris Bailey, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Centara Hotels & Resorts
-Suparat Chirathivat, Vice President of Centara International Management, a management division of Centara Hotels & Resorts
-Suthikiati Chirathivat
-Thirayuth Chirathivat
-Thirakiati Chirathivat, Vice President for Procurement of Centara Hotels & Resorts
-Supatra Chirathivat, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibilities of Centara Hotels&Resorts
-Robert Maurer-Loeffler, General Manager of Centara Grand at CentralWorld


Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket

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