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Centara Hotels & ResortsIn an era where the essence of travel is continuously evolving, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s premier hotel operator, embarks on a transformative journey that redefines luxury and sustainability and sets a new benchmark in the global hospitality industry. With an ambitious vision that propels them toward the list of the world’s top 100 hotel operators by 2027, Centara has meticulously crafted a strategy that intertwines innovation with tradition, sustainability with luxury, and global expansion with local authenticity.

As we venture into 2024, Centara stands on the cusp of a pivotal transformation. The past year marked a significant milestone in Centara’s illustrious journey, celebrating 40 years of unparalleled service and achievements, including prestigious recognitions such as Kincentric’s “Best Employers Thailand Award” and the “Strongest Brand in Thailand” for Centara Grand. Achieving a remarkable 52% increase in total revenues from the previous year and an 83% surge in EBITDA, Centara’s financial health is as robust as its commitment to excellence.

Centara’s strategic blueprint for 2024 is nothing short of revolutionary. With the unveiling of six new properties across Thailand, Laos, and the Maldives, including the highly anticipated Centara Mirage Lagoon Maldives, Centara is expanding its geographical footprint and elevating the guest experience to unprecedented levels. This multi-island destination, poised to redefine family vacations with its underwater-themed resort and water park, signifies Centara’s innovative approach to hospitality.

Michael Henssler, Chief Operating Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Michael Henssler, Chief Operating Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

The renovation of flagship properties such as Centara Karon Resort Phuket and Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya further exemplifies the brand’s dedication to excellence. These enhancements, coupled with the revitalization of the Centara Boutique Collection and the introduction of Centara Life, underscore a strategic pivot towards diversity and sophistication in the brand’s offerings.

Centara’s ethos of Thai-inspired, family-centric hospitality remains at the heart of its expansion. The CentaraThe1 membership program is set to deliver even more significant benefits, reflecting the brand’s commitment to rewarding loyalty with exceptional experiences. Meanwhile, digital innovations, including a new application and chatbot, are designed to streamline the booking process and enhance guest interaction, reinforcing Centara’s customer-first philosophy.

Environmental stewardship is a cornerstone of Centara’s operational philosophy. With ambitious targets such as a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2029 and a vision for net zero emissions by 2050, Centara is leading by example in the pursuit of sustainability. The certification of 24 hotels and resorts by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Green Key is a testament to Centara’s unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility.

As Michael Henssler, Centara’s Chief Operating Officer, reflects on the journey, the sentiment is one of pride and anticipation. The leap from 150th to 111th in the global rankings underscores the brand’s upward trajectory and reinforces its potential to exceed its ambitious targets. Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s CEO, shares this optimism, emphasizing the brand’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled guest experiences.

As Centara continues to navigate the path to global acclaim, its story is not just one of growth and expansion but a narrative of transformation, sustainability, and innovation. With each step forward, Centara moves closer to its vision of becoming a top global hotel operator and redefines the essence of hospitality for travellers worldwide.




Written by: Yves Thomas