Archive - March 2019

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Centara’s New Agenda – fresh thinking for meetings
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Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin
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Centara Grand Beach Samui to undergo major update
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Six Senses Samui extends winter through-to-spring offer

Centara’s New Agenda – fresh thinking for meetings

CENTARA HOTELS & RESORTS is bringing fresh thinking and new approaches to deliver better meetings with the launch of New Agenda: Meetings Redesigned, providing a one-stop MICE service and enhanced customer experience.

 Winfried Hancke, corporate director of operations food & beverage, Centara Hotels & Resorts, says the new program was conceived in response to customer feedback and a desire to take full advantage of the company’s venues and prime locations.

“Our clients told us they were open to bold ideas and innovative ways to engage meeting participants, and we listened,” he says. “We are confident that the ideas and resources at the core of New Agenda: Meetings Redesigned will deliver more stimulating and effective meetings for our clients and their organizations.”

For too long, offsite meetings have followed a cookie-cutter approach that makes one meeting feel identical to another, resulting in bored participants and low engagement.

New Agenda is designed to put an end to that, with a one-stop MICE service and enhanced customer experience and helps business to achieve the essential part of MICE: The spread of knowledge and professional practices and a key factor in building better understanding and relations among professionals.

The New Agenda program is built around three main elements:

A one-stop Meeting Guru to serve as a single onsite resource and point-of-contact for end-to-end event management, ensuring seamless communication, planning and execution.

A redefined approach to team-building led by Centara’s in-house team-building specialists and in partnership with the professionals at Asia Ability, to develop effective new team-building techniques and energizing activities.

Creative catering to reinforce engagement and strengthen participant involvement, with new ideas brought to life by Centara’s talented Food & Beverage teams such as “dinner in the dark” concept by having Thai dancers enter with each course with dimmed LED Candles in hand or with blindfolds provided to create an ultimate sensory experience for all guests.

New Agenda was progressively rolled out to a total of 25 operating Centara’s properties.

 

 

Elite Weddings and honeymoon specialists visit Centara Grand Hua Hin

 

THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND (TAT) staged Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meet 2019, held for the fourth time with Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

 The event featured some of the country’s most exclusive and discerning products for a rapidly growing market, as one the main venue highlights, led by Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT deputy governor of international marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, and David Martens, general manager and corporate director of operations, Centara Hua Hin, Krabi & Samui.

More than 70 participants from 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, and Malaysia took part in the sessions and tours of Hua Hin, including being welcomed at Mrigadayavan Palace of Thailand’s Royal Family.

Srisuda Wanapinyosak, from TAT added: “The opening of the Mrigadayavan Palace for such exclusive private parties for pre-weddings and honeymoons is expected to be a major draw card for buyers seeking exclusive new services and products to present to their respective guests.”

Following a welcome reception, the main business events were held at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.

They included a briefing presentation on the Amazing Thailand Romance Market Insight by 10 keynote speakers to bring in outside perspective and share industry trends and tips to Thai sellers, and lastly, the Thailand product presentation for buyers, making for a great opportunity to enhance the positioning of Thailand as the preferred wedding and honeymoon destination among other popular choices.

David Martens from Centara Grand Hua Hin described Hua-Hin as a spectacular seaside town within just a three-hour drive from Bangkok. It serves as a good space for wedding ceremonies, with soft natural light, as it faces east, making for a great option for a beach destination wedding.

“For Centara Grand Hua Hin, the hotel itself boasts that charming old-world feel. It was restored to its original elegance of 1923. “

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, which first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, is regarded as one of the grand hotels of the East, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes. With its perfect location in the town centre, it’s ideal for exploring and shopping, and as a prime destination for couples and families.

 

 

 

Centara Grand Beach Samui to undergo major update

CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT SAMUI is being updated and refurbished, starting this June.

The classic resort on Chaweng Beach will retain its colonial-style charm but benefit from major improvements before re-opening in 2020.

“Even a hotel with the fabled history of this one benefits from refreshed design and innovative additions,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat. CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“When you are one of Samui’s most famous properties, you don’t rest on your laurels. Delighting our guests requires creative thinking and continuous improvement.”

The resort will stay open only until June 1, 2019, then close for the renovation work.

Centara plans to redesign all rooms and suites, add luxury villas, and introduce exciting new dining concepts and services. The objective is to retain the unique, classic charm of the existing hotel, but transform it to a new level of luxury.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui has been welcoming guests for 23 years, during which time it has witnessed the development of the surrounding town and island into one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations. Thanks to its prime location, Thai-style hospitality and exceptional facilities, it has stood the test of time consistently, winning a host of international awards and proving one of the true Grande Dame hotels of Samui.

 

 

Six Senses Samui extends winter through-to-spring offer

SIX SENSES SAMUI has extended its 40 per cent savings offer until June 30, 2019 with Kids Stay & Eat for Free during the Easter holidays in April.

For those travelers planning a trip in the first half of 2019, the 40 per cent off accommodation includes all villa types, except for Hideaway Villa.

Families traveling during the Easter holidays can alsotake advantage of Kids Stay & Eat for Free offer, where children aged up to 12 years can stay and enjoy meals at Dining on the Hill for free from April 6 to 26, 2019.

There are many on-site activities, plus a huge array of things to do and see on Samui Island. Guests can either spend time by the resort’s main swimming pool, where burgers, pizzas and other favorites are freshly prepared, or the youngsters can join Grow With Six Senses program which includes coconut painting, paper folding classes, or rock painting, to name just a few.

Samui has virtually unlimited family-focused activities and the Experience Team will make all the arrangements for a family holiday that will be long treasured.

Stunning Six Senses Samui nestles on a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, approximately three miles (six kilometers) from Samui Airport and a 45-minute flight south of Bangkok.

Six Senses Samui is inspired by a traditional Thai fishing village, and most villa accommodations have private pools. They are located on 20 acres (eight hectares) of natural vegetation offering panoramic sea views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Award-winning dining is on offer at Dining on the Rocks, with 270-degree vistas of the outlying islands. All the treatments expected from a Six Senses Spa, and many more, are offered with each one in the unique style of Six Senses Samui and tailored to the individual.

Special rates start from US $479 or 15,000 THB per night in a Pool Villa and are subject to terms and conditions.

To learn more about this offer, please visit www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/offers/, send your inquiry to reservations-samui@sixsenses.com or call 6677245678.

 

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