December being a month for reminiscing and some relaxation, the GM gang under the leadership of Chatchawal Supachayanont, GM of the Dusit Thani Pattaya, met at The Zign Hotel Pattaya on Thursday Dec. 8 for an evening of fellowship and good cheer.
Somkhit Tonsaiphet, GM of The Zign Hotel Pattaya spoke about the 5 star luxury resort, his pride and joy. He said, “The Zign, which opened 4 years ago on prime beach property, boasts 959 rooms and villas. Many hotels boast of beach side properties, but we can honestly say that ours is literally right on the beach.”
Chatchawal Supachayanont expresses gratitude and extends his best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Somkhit went on to say that “The Zign is a masterpiece of a ‘de-sign’ art hotel. Our exotic resort combines a modern lifestyle with a tropical heaven.”
To create an atmosphere of luxury and serenity, the Zign spared no expense in conjuring up an oasis by the sea, with a long dining table enclosed with breezy silk sheets erected under a bright moon-lit and starry night sky.
An expansive buffet was laid out replete with an array of mouthwatering steaks and exquisite seafood. Indian food served from a tandoor added a mystic touch of exotic ambience to the affair.
We met Philip Delaloye, an old friend and veteran guru of the hospitality business. Philippe looked thrilled and excited. On questioning we learned that Philippe had just landed a most lucrative job as the general manager of the soon to be opened Cape Dara Resort. Philippe could not hold back his exhilaration as he started to speak of his new baby. “I want to tell all my friends that I have started work with the Cape Dara Resort Pattaya as its general manager in the pre-opening office,” he announced with a twinkle in his eye.
David Cummins (left), GM of the Amari Orchid, and Tony Malhotra, Deputy MD of Pattaya Mail pause for a photo.
Before one could fit a few words in sideways, Philippe went on to say, “The ‘Dara’ in our name stands for ‘Stars’. Our resort will be the newest and most splendidly located, upscale resort addition on the booming, elegant North side of Pattaya Bay. Located at the end of Soi 20 Pattaya-Naklua Road, a few meters on the left after the dolphin roundabout, the elegant architecture of the Cape Dara Resort will become another landmark among the top hotels of this resort city. We will have 275 rooms when completed and we hope to have a slingshot opening in June 2012.”
Fellow GMs let out a loud cheer of “Bravo Philippe” as they congratulated him on this wonderful achievement.
Tony Malhotra and Austin Robinson, GM of the new Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya get acquainted with each other.
Chatchawal, the fearless leader of the gang, a figure of strength and optimism spoke encouraging words, “Year after year our gatherings are proving that GMs in Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard are a united group, working for a bright future of the hospitality business in Pattaya. Next year Pattaya will see a boom in tourists and corporate arrivals. Businesses around the world have come to realise that Pattaya is not only a preferred destination for rest and recreation but is also a preferred location for the MICE market.”
Towards the end of the evening, Chatchawal thanked the management of The Zign for their warm hearted hospitality and wished his colleagues and friends a joyous festive season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Sanpech Supabowornsthian (right), Assistant Managing Director of The Zign, seems to agree with Michael Procter’s proclamation.
“The snacks are superb,” Michael Procher, GM of the Nova Platinum seems to be saying to Chatchawal Supachayanont and Somkhit Tonsaiphet.
Chatchawal Supachayanont (Dusit Thani), Thomas Koh (Garden Cliff Resort), Somkhit Tonsaiphet (The Zign) and Peter Malhotra (Pattaya Mail) enjoy cocktails before dinner.
Guests enjoy the serene surroundings on the beach of The Zign.
Prayuth Thamdhum, GM of the Montien Hotel Pattaya in his fantasy world of song.
The ladies go into a trance as Tony Malhotra sings love songs.
Tony Malhotra, David Cummins, Noppon Kanjanamanee, Pattamon Mekavarakul (Cape Dara Resort), Austin Robinson, Michael Procher, Sanpech Supabowornsthian, Chatchawal Supachayanont, Philippe Delaloye, Thomas Koh, Somkhit Tonsaiphet, Nijjaporn Marprasert (Siam Bayview) and Harald Feurstein (Hilton Pattaya) pose for a group picture.