From the left: Chris Bailey, senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Centara Hotels & Resorts; Suparat Chirathivat, vice-president of Centara International Management, a management division of Centara Hotels & Resorts: Suthikiati Chirathivat; Thirayuth Chirathivat; Thirakiati Chirathivat, vice-president for procurement of Centara Hotels & Resorts; Supatra Chirathivat, senior vice-president for corporate affairs and social responsibilities of Centara Hotels &Resorts; and Robert Maurer-Loeffler, general manager of Centara Grand at CentralWorld.
THIRAYUTH CHIRATHIVAT, CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, has again been recognized at Now Travel Asia Awards as Asia’s Top Influential Person in Travel Business. The ceremony was held in Bangkok at Pathumwan Princess Hotel.
In addition to Mr Chirathivat’s award, Centara properties took the top prizes in two other important categories.
The timeless Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin won the honours as Asia’s Top Heritage Hotel, while the Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas in Phuket was recognized as Asia’s Top Beach Hotel.
Mr Chirathivat has had a long and prestigious career in the travel industry, and, as CEO of Centara, has worked to ensure that the company keeps growing and succeeding. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the hotel management business, starting in 1990 as an F&B Coordinator at the Hyatt Central Plaza in Bangkok – now the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. He was subsequently promoted to F&B promotions manager, and then to project development manager. Prior to being appointed CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Mr Chirathivat was senior vice president for project management, directly responsible for overseeing construction and renovation projects for the entire group of hotels.
He also holds a bachelor degree from Chulalongkorn University and Master’s in Food, Hotel and Tourism Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology in the U.S. He also attended the Program of Management Development and Executive Education at Harvard Business School and has undertaken management programs at other well known universities and institutes.
“I am aware of the high regard in which these awards are held throughout the industry and happy to be recognized here, and particularly pleased that our hotels are gaining such a positive response from the experts at Now Travel Asia,” said Mr Chirathivat.
Now Travel Asia has come to award honours to hospitality and travel businesses in over 20 categories since they were inaugurated in 2012. This year, the awards ceremony was designed to officially showcase the NOW Travel Asia Awards on the world stage and globally position the NOW Travel Asia magazine as Asia’s leading travel authority.