PHUKET, THAILAND, June 4, 2009 -- Outrigger Enterprises Group announced
today that it has been selected to manage a new luxury collection of residences,
villas, town homes and apartments being developed by Laguna Resorts &
Hotels Public Company Limited in Laguna Phuket, located on Bang Tao Bay
on the northwestern coast of Phuket, Thailand. The new collection will
be named "Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas". When fully built
out, it will consist of 309 two-, three- and four-bedroom units, many with
their own private swimming pools. The first units will be ready for occupancy
in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Laguna Phuket, widely recognized as Asia's finest destination resort,
is a 1,000 acre mixed-use tropical resort with five miles of pristine sandy
beaches, six deluxe resort hotels (Banyan Tree Phuket, Sheraton Grande
Laguna, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Allamanda Laguna
Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Resort), the Laguna Phuket Golf Club, spas,
restaurants and bars as well as a retail shopping center. Laguna Resorts
& Hotels Public Company Limited, a public company listed on the Thai
stock exchange, developed the Laguna Phuket Resort starting in the mid
1980s from the remains of an abandoned tin mine once thought to be too
polluted to develop. Laguna Phuket has since won numerous environmental
awards as a result of that successful effort.
Laguna Phuket Aerial
"We are excited to work with Laguna Resorts on this great new luxury
product that they are building in the prestigious Laguna Phuket destination
resort," said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group.
"Laguna Phuket has such a well-deserved reputation as a quality resort
and we are thrilled to be a part of it."
"We welcome the Outrigger brand and their expertise in villa and condominium
management," said Michael Ayling, managing director of Laguna Resorts &
Hotels Plc. "We're delighted to announce the opening of Laguna Phuket's
seventh resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas. We're positive
that Laguna Phuket will greatly benefit from Outrigger's quality management
services of Laguna Village."
Approximately one-half of the 309 units have been completed, with the remaining
units scheduled for completion in 2011. Amenities at the Outrigger Laguna
Phuket Resort and Villas will include a beach club, private clubhouse,
fitness center, tennis courts, an Angsana spa, as well as retail shops
Phuket is one of Asia's most popular beach destinations, offering an
unbeatable combination of soft, white sand beaches and superb hospitality.
It was named the number one luxury destination by the New York Times in
2009 and is consistently voted among the world's favorite island destinations
in the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine's annual survey. Phuket is
serviced by the Phuket International Airport, which is the second busiest
passenger airport in Thailand, behind only Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Since the early 1980s, tourism has been Phuket's main economic driver.
Whether it is world class diving in the Andaman Sea, golf at world-standard
championship courses or exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, Phuket
is a favorite visitor destination.
"Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas will be our third property
in Phuket, in addition to the Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort in Chalong
Bay along the quiet southeastern coast of Phuket and the Outrigger West
Sands Resort on Mai Khao Beach in northwestern Phuket," said Mr. Carey.
"Phuket and Bali are the top leisure resort destinations in Asia and we
now have five resorts open or under development in those two locations."
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort Guestroom
In three short years, Outrigger has grown its presence in Southeast
Asia to include the five resorts in Phuket and Bali, as well as properties
in Hainan Island, China and Vietnam. "The Outrigger brand is synonymous
with warm weather, beachfront, leisure resort destinations," said Darren
Edmonstone, senior vice president - Asia of Outrigger Enterprises Group.
"We are searching out the best resort destinations in Southeast Asia for
About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing
hospitality services companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Outrigger is
a family-owned company with over 60 years of hospitality experience and
runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and
vacation resort properties, including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, OHANA
Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection, Wyndham Vacation
Ownership, Embassy Suites®-Waikiki Beach Walk™* and Courtyard by Marriott**.
Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties
and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners
in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information,
log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.
*Embassy Suites is a registered trade mark of Hilton Hotels Corporation.
** Courtyard by Marriott is a registered trade mark of Marriott International,
About Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited
Laguna Resorts & Hotels Plc was founded in 1983 with the acquisition
of a parcel of land on the site of an abandoned tin mine at Bangtao Bay
in Phuket which was later developed into the Laguna Phuket integrated resort
complex. Today, Laguna Phuket is Asia's finest destination resort. A collection
of deluxe hotels and villas, including - Banyan Tree Phuket, Dusit Thani
Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Sheraton Grande Laguna, Allamanda Laguna
Phuket and Laguna Holiday Club Resort - all sharing 1000 acres of tropical
parkland and three kilometres of beach frontage with the Laguna Phuket
Golf Club, Canal Shopping Village, Banyan Tree Spa, four Angsana Spas,
Laguna Wedding Chapel and Quest Laguna Phuket Adventure, a leading corporate
training and outdoor recreation facility. For more information please visit