Thomas to head Centara as vice president business development

Published on : Tuesday, January 9, 2018


centara Allen Thomas will join Centara Hotels & Resorts as vice president business development.



He holds 28 years of experience in  developing hotel and resort businesses and has held positions with HPL and Como Hotels and most recently Resorts Holdings International.



Centara in its five-year plan wants to double the company’s size and become a major regional hospitality brand.



Thomas will be reporting to Centara deputy chief executive Markland Blaiklock and be responsible for executing the company’s plan to grow from 58 to 134 hotels over the next five years.



Blaiklock was brought on board in October to lead the expansion strategy.



Centara has launched its new affordable lifestyle hotel brand COSI and signed a joint venture to take ownership of Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Cheang Watthan.



It also announced a significant upgrade of its technology infrastructure in partnership with Oracle and IDeaS; and finalised an agreement with Nakheel to develop a family lifestyle resort in Dubai.



Centara chief executive, Thirayuth Chirativat said that Allen is an industry expert with an impressive track record of growing the brand footprint of hotel and resort businesses in Asia and beyond. They were confident he would meet their expansion targets.

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