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Centara Hotels & ResortsAs Centara Hotels & Resorts commemorates its 40th anniversary, the renowned Thai hotel operator has unveiled a story of remarkable triumph and visionary ambition. The year 2023 was a celebration of four decades of unparalleled hospitality and a testament to Centara’s strategic foresight and resilience in the global market.

In a year that rewrote the playbook of success, Centara demonstrated its prowess by launching three new properties, adding 899 keys to its already impressive portfolio. This expansion, bringing the count to 95 hotels and resorts, clearly indicates Centara’s unrelenting drive towards becoming a top 100 global hotel operator by 2027.Centara Wraps Up a Successful 2023

The inauguration of Centara Grand Hotel Osaka, a 33-story urban marvel in Japan, marked a significant milestone in Centara’s global journey. This establishment, flaunting contemporary design and top-tier facilities, has already captivated the hearts of business and leisure travellers alike. Its eight world-class bars and restaurants are a microcosm of the cultural fusion and hospitality excellence that Centara embodies.

In Thailand, Centara reinforced its dominant position with the debut of Centara Ubon in the northeastern city of Ubon Ratchathani and Centara Ayutthaya, a leisure haven adjacent to the historic city’s UNESCO World Heritage temples. These launches underscore Centara’s commitment to offering its guests diverse and culturally rich experiences.

2023 was also a year of redefining Centara’s brand identity. The rebranding of Centra by Centara to Centara Life is a bold move, aligning with the company’s philosophy of “Elevating the Essentials.” This transformation promises a vibrant new visual and experiential makeover, enhancing guest journeys with added comforts and local delights.

The appointment of Michael Henssler as the new Chief Operating Officer marks a strategic addition to the Centara family. Henssler’s 30 years of rich experience in the hotel industry, including his tenure as Kempinski’s COO for Asia, positions him perfectly to steer Centara towards new and dynamic global markets.

Centara’s commitment to excellence was further validated through prestigious awards. Named the “Strongest Brand in Thailand” by Brand Finance and receiving accolades from the Investment Analysts Association (IAA) and Kincentric Best Employers Awards, Centara has solidified its reputation as an industry leader. Moreover, the company’s dedication to sustainability is evident in its pursuit of full GSTC certification by 2025, highlighting its responsibility towards environmental stewardship.

The year also brought accolades for Centara’s individual properties. For instance, Roukh Kiri Khao Yai and Centara Reserve Samui were celebrated in the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023, reflecting the brand’s diverse and exceptional offerings.

Thirayuth Chirathivat, CEO of Centara, reflected on the year’s success with pride and optimism. “2023 was a year of strategic growth and industry recognition for Centara. As we emerge stronger in the global hospitality sector, these accomplishments are not just milestones but stepping stones towards a future where innovation, sustainability, and exceptional service are the cornerstones of our brand,” he stated.

As Centara continues its journey, its story remains one of inspiration and aspiration in the global hospitality industry. For more information on Centara Hotels & Resorts and their journey, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com.




Written by: Michelle Warner