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22th October 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, announced the appointment of Andrew Langston, a British national with over 34 years’ experience in hospitality management and development, to help execute their ambitious 5-year expansion plan. Mr. Langston will assume the position of Senior Vice President Business Development in the company’s development team, reporting to Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock.

Langston arrives with exceptional experience and a vast cross-discipline, global network.  He has held senior management positions with major hotel groups such as Banyan Tree and Intercontinental Hotels group [IHG] and most recently he held the position of Executive Vice President, Strategic Advisory & Asset Management, at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group, for whom he was based in Thailand and working throughout the Asia region. It can certainly be said that Langston’s talents in the service industry were honed at the highest level, having earlier in his career served the British royal family as a footman at Buckingham Palace, a role which included looking after H.M the Queen of England, Diana the Princess of Wales and Prince William amongst others.  This natural aptitude in hospitality saw him move into the hotel industry where his steady advancement included responsibilities in Singapore, Philippines, Korea, Macau, China, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand and Australia.

“Thailand has been my home for many years now so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a large, highly respected Thai hospitality group which has such exciting aspirations of significant and strategic growth, both within the Kingdom and globally.  I’m looking forward to contributing to the continued rise of this esteemed organisation.” said Langston.

“Andrew’s extensive experience in hotel operations, asset management, investment and negotiation will be invaluable to the future expansion of Centara Hotels & Resorts” said Centara CEO Thirayuth Chirathivat. “We are delighted to welcome someone of Andrew’s calibre and track record to spearhead our domestic, regional and global development efforts and we are confident that together we will make great strides towards realising our plan to double Centara’s revenues and number of properties over the next five years”.

About Centara

entara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator. Its 60 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, China, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. Centara’s portfolio comprises six brands - Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara, Centara Residences & Suites and COSI Hotels – ranging from 5-star city hotels and luxurious island retreats to family resorts and affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology. It also operates state-of-the-art convention centres and has its own award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree. Throughout the collection, Centara delivers and celebrates the hospitality and values Thailand is famous for including gracious service, exceptional food, pampering spas and the importance of families. Centara’s distinctive culture and diversity of formats allow it to serve and satisfy travellers of nearly every age and lifestyle.

Over the next five years Centara aims to double its size with additional properties in Thailand and new international markets, while spreading its footprint into new continents and market niches. As Centara continues to expand, a growing base of loyal customers will find the company’s unique style of hospitality in more locations. Centara’s global loyalty programme, Centara The1 Card, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

Find out more about Centara at www.CentaraHotelsResorts.com  

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pornchanokth@chr.co.th / +66 (0) 2 769 1234 #6733

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