Centara Hotels & Resorts recently made an important appointment for their operations in Thailand. The group is Thailand’s leading hotel operator, with a hotel near Central World counted among its properties.
Centara recently announced their appointment of the Brit, Andrew Langston, as their new Senior Vice President of Business Development in the company’s development team, to report directly to Centara Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock. The appointment was made by the company in order to bring in the Brit’s 34 years of experience in the hospitality industry in order to aid the company in moving forward -with their ambitious 5-year expansion plan.
Throughout his 34 year career in the hospitality industry, Langston has taken senior management positions in several major hotel groups like Banyan Tree and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), with his most recent position acting as Executive Vice President of Strategic Advisory & Asset Management at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group, for whom he was based in Thailand, working throughout Asia.
Centara issued a statement on the appointment, saying that they believe that Langston’s talents in the industry have been honed at the highest levels, having his start serving the British royal family as a footman at the Buckingham Palace, where he looked after Her Majesty, the Queen of England, Diana the Princess of Wales, and other key figures in the royal family.
Centara CEO ThirayuthChirathivat says that Langston’s laudable history and experience in hotel operations, asset management, investment and negotiation will be invaluable to the future operations of Centara Hotels & Resorts.
Langston also spoke on the matter, saying that he’s excited to have the opportunity to work with such a large, respected Thai hospitality group, one with such exciting ambitions for significant and strategic growth, both within the country and across the world.
Over the next five years, as part of their expansion plan, Centara Hotels & Resorts aims to double its size with new properties in Thailand and newer international markets, as well as establishing a foothold into new markets and niches.
It has two flagship properties in Bangkok, one of which is a hotel near Central World; Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World, and the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao.