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BANGKOK, April 7, 2014 - Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading operator of hotels, is opening five-star luxurious Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane, its first hotel in Laos in 2017.

Located in the downtown district of Vientiane, the Laotian capital, the 200 room hotel will be designed in the French colonial style and feature Centara's five-star facilities, including two restaurants, a Spa Cenvaree, a Kids'Club, swimming pool, fitness center and meeting facilities including a ballroom.  Centara will manage the new property under a contract with Simuong Group Co., Ltd, a well-known Laotian company that is developing this 46.2 million project.

"We are very proud our top tier Grand brand continues to expand overseas," said Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts. "The brand carries our unique style of Thai hospitality into new markets, backed by the confidence of international investors."

"Vientiane is an exciting destination for us and this hotel joins our Grand branded properties in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Mauritius, Shanghai, Addis-Abba, Doha and, of course, Thailand," added Chirathivat.  "With the new Vientiane property, Centara now has a total of 20 Grand hotels."

"Laos is a natural market for us, being a direct neighbor of Thailand," said Chris Baily, senior vice president for sales and marketing for Centara Hotels & Resorts.  "We are delighted we shall have a presence in the center of downtown Vientiane.  It will add to our marketing strength in Southeast Asia, providing an exciting new destination for our large customer base around the world and add opportunities for our business partners."

About Centara Hotels & Resorts

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand's leading operator of hotels, with 46 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 20 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali, Sri Lanka and Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar and Laos brings the present total to 66 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 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand's most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its recently launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travelers. 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 Hotels & Resorts also operates three state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok and two in northeastern Thailand, one located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travelers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.

Contact: Nancy Vaughan - Vaughan Communications / (602) 912-9126

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