Leading Thai hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts is to have its first hotel in Laos in 2017 with the opening of the luxurious five-star Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane.
Located in the downtown district of the Laotian capital of Vientiane, the hotel will be designed in a French colonial style. Centara will manage the new-build property under a management contract.
The hotel is owned by a well-known Laotian company and is being developed under an investment of Baht 1.5 billion (USD 46.2 million).
Thirayuth Chirathivat (4th left), chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts and Ekaphanh Phapithack (4th right), chairman of Simoung Group and Joint Development Bank shake hands after signing a hotel management agreement for Centara to manage the new Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane. The ceremony took place at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.
“We are very proud of the fact that our top-tier Grand brand is expanding even further overseas,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“The brand is carrying our unique style of Thai hospitality into new markets, backed by the confidence of international investors.
“Vientiane is an exciting destination for us, and the hotel joins our Grand branded properties in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Mauritius, Shanghai, Addis Ababa, Doha and, of course, Thailand.”
Including Vientiane, Centara now has a total of 20 Grand hotels.
“Laos is a natural market for us, being a direct neighbour of Thailand, and we are delighted that we shall have a five-star hotel in the centre of downtown Vientiane,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing of Centara Hotels & Resorts.
“This will add to our marketing strength in Southeast Asia, providing an exciting new destination for our large customer base around the world and adding to the opportunities for our business partners.”
Centara Grand Hotel Vientiane will have 200 rooms and feature Centara’s five-star facilities, including two restaurants, a Spa Cenvaree, a Kids’ Club, swimming pool, fitness centre and meeting facilities, including a ballroom.
Meanwhile, the final development phase of the new Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khon Kaen has been completed and the hotel now stands alone as the largest events venue in the city.
The newly completed Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khon Kaen.
The hotel convention hall can hold up to 2,000 attendees seated theatre-style and is divisible into three smaller sections. The hall opens to the outdoor swimming pool, making it an ideal venue for both conferences and outdoor receptions.
The Prachasamosorn Ballroom can hold up to 700 for cocktails, and there are eight intermediate meeting rooms with a capacity of between 60 to 120 people.
“We are very happy indeed to announce completion of this final phase, and our hotel is now ready to shine as a regional events venue and to welcome independent travellers and groups alike with our warm Isaan hospitality,” says general manager Patrick Tan.
Located in the centre of the city, the hotel is approx. 15 minutes from Khon Kaen International Airport.