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Langham Hotels Selected by Rawi Warin Resort & Spa Company Limited to
Manage the The Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa on Lanta Yai Island,
in Southern Thailand

12 October, 2007 - Langham Hotels International announces the launch of its first Langham Place Resort in Thailand, following a management contract signed with Rawi Warin Resort & Spa Company Limited. The agreement marks a significant first step for Langham in Thailand and a milestone for the group’s expansion in South East Asia. 

Located on Lanta Yai Island, in Krabi province, Southern Thailand, the Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa is a five-star stimulating resort designed to coexist in perfect harmony with awe-inspiring natural landscapes. The 185 rooms and villas extend directly from the beach up the hillside overlooking Klong Tob Bay. Most have magnificent sea views and the villas have their own private plunge pool and sala area where you can relax and reconnect with yourself, your loved one and nature.

“With Thailand’s steady tourism growth, hotel developers require hospitality management groups that have a strong and consistent brand essence and a focus on quality to manage their properties. They understand that this is required to ultimately out-perform the competition. The signing of Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa underscores the success we have had with our brands and is a vote of confidence in our hotel management expertise and innovative brand positioning,” said Dr. KS Lo, Chairman of Langham Hotels International.
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Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa
Rawi Warin, Koh Lanta, Krabi
(formerly the Rawi Warin Resort & Spa)
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“This is the first step for Langham Hotels International in creating a presence in Thailand. We aim to increase our investments in the country through building our own hotels, joint venture partnerships and acquiring further management contracts,” added Dr. KS Lo.

Mr. Pramote Titayangkurn, President of Rawi Warin Resort & Spa Company Limited said, “Rawi Warin Resort is built as a luxury five-star resort amidst the best that nature has to offer. The resort is now ready to take off and what we need at this point is for an international hotel management company to bring the resort to the next level.”

“Langham Hotels International has proven itself to be a successful international luxury hotel management company and we are very confident that under their management, the resort will be brought to new heights,” added Mr. Titayangkurn. Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa, Rawi Warin is also committed to respecting and supporting the unique environment and the local community of Koh Lanta Yai.

“At Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa, Rawi Warin we believe that it is important to operate our business in a manner that is as environmentally sustainable as possible for the benefit of all parties concerned – our guest, ours associates, our community and our investors,” said Andrew Jessop, Vice President – Thailand, Langham Hotels International.

“We are adopting conservation principles which are applied to all aspects of our business as we strive to protect our environment and improve the welfare of the local community,” added Mr. Jessop.

The resort has a vast array of facilities for sporting and leisure interests and even boasts of its own mini cinema. Complete the Krabi experience with a visit to Koh Lanta’s best spa – Chuan Spa, where healing hands will pamper, soothe and reinvigorate guests with a wide variety of natural treatments.

The Langham Place Eco Resort + Spa is also a refreshing venue to host meetings, incentive trips and weddings with its balanced facilities and friendly, engaged Langham Place Service surrounded by the beauty of a tropical Island.

Langham Hotels International is the subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Great Eagle Holdings, spearheaded by Dr. KS Lo, who is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Great Eagle Holdings. Spanning four continents, the group currently features eight properties with over 2,700 rooms in six gateway cities, namely London, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Auckland and Toronto.

Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. Over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience.

Two distinctive brands are managed by Langham Hotels International (LHI) – The Langham and Langham Place. The Langham offers Enchanting Hospitality – a classic, timeless luxury that one will never forget. Langham Place, the younger sibling of The Langham, delivers Stimulating Hospitality that exemplifies inspirations with an individual sense of vitality and flair.

Langham Hotels International manages five luxury properties under The Langham brand across the four continents, namely London, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Auckland. The first Langham Place opened in Hong Kong in 2005, and three new additions are scheduled to open in China – with two in Beijing (2008) and one in Changchun (2009) as well as Langham Place’s first resort in Krabi, Thailand opening on January 1st 2008. LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited, a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

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Contact:

Sherona Shng
Group Director of Communications
Langham Hotels International
Tel: (852) 3552 3938
Email: sherona.shng@langhamhotels.com

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Also See: Best Western Plans to Grow Presence in Thailand from 11 to 25 Hotels by End of 2008; One-third of the Hotels will be Managed by Best Western / August 2007
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