Stiebel Eltron heads south to expand business channels

Phuket, Thailand, 13 September 2017 – Mr. Roland Hoehn and Mr. Panlob Chieochanwittayawet held a press conference at Amari Phuket to bring Phuket media through the growing business in the southern market, the fastest-growing region in Thailand. Additionally, he also highlight Stiebel Eltron’s CSR initiative in the south to support Tor Chor Dor (Thailand’s Border Patrol Police) Ratchapitak School in Surat Thani province which was hit by flood early this year.

Mr. Roland Hoehn (left), Managing Director and Mr. Panlob Chieocharnwittayawet (right), Sales and Marketing Director of Stiebel Eltron Asia

Stiebel Eltron, Thailand’s leading manufacturer of water heaters, water filters and hand dryers, is looking to the south of Thailand as a strategy to increase new sales channels.

Outside of Bangkok, the southern market has shown great business potential from both the hospitality and property sector. Tourism continues to increase so business development opportunities arise for Stiebel Eltron with every hotel and building.

Stiebel Eltron continues to expand its business outside of Bangkok and one of their strongest regions outside of the Bangkok metropolitan area is the south of Thailand with accounts for 16% of total sales. Over 32% of the sales outside of Bangkok metropolitan are in the south with Phuket dominating 30 per cent of the total regional sales.

“We have been very encouraged by our growth across the country and the south region is a very important market for Stiebel Eltron. We are focusing efforts on supporting this growth by improving our network of marketing and sales channels. This year we hope to add even more distribution channels in the south as well as more potential service centers,” said Roland Hoehn, Managing Director of Stiebel Eltron Asia.

German-Thai Synergy
The award-winning company continues to develop new product lines to meet the needs of Thai consumers. Stiebel Eltron recently unveiled its Stiebel Boost, the quiet but powerful water pump.

The sleek water pump is crafted with the German engineering standards with award-winning design reputation. The Stiebel Boost’s contemporary design will elevate and enhance any household exterior design. Moreover, the water pump is designed to provide powerful performance without the disturbing loud noises.

The Stiebel Boost comes in 4 different models including 3A-CS (300 watts), 4A-CS (450 watts), 6A-CS (600 watts) and 7A-CS (750 watts). Each model retails for THB7,990, THB8,990, THB10,990 and THB12, 990 consecutively.

Stiebel Boost

Innovation at your finger tips
Among Stiebel Eltron’s new product line-up is the WL series water heater, which features innovative LCD touchscreen, memory function and SPA setting. The WL series is Stiebel Eltron’s first ever model to feature the revolutionary touchscreen which took three years to conceptualize, test and certify and guaranteed to provide the best shower experience. The WL 35 EC (3,500 watts) unit retails at THB6,990, while the WL 45 EC (4,500 watts) retails at THB7,490.

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To see vdo from this event please visit: Stiebel Eltron – Press Conference 2017 at Voyager Lounge, Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket welcomes the Australian Foreign Minister

From left to right: Pierre-Andre Pelletier (Regional Vice-President, Operations – Southern Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives), Craig Ferguson (the Australian Consulate-General to Phuket), the Hon. Julie Bishop MP (Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia), and Richard Margo (Amari Phuket’s Hotel Manager)

Phuket, 18 August 2017 – Amari Phuket’s team, led by Pierre-Andre Pelletier, Regional Vice-President, Operations – Southern Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives (left) and Richard Margo – Hotel Manager (right) gave a warm welcome to the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia (second from right), and Craig Ferguson, the Australian Consulate-General to Phuket (second from left), during the latter two’s visit to Amari Phuket for a reception to mark the formal opening of the Australian Consulate-General in Phuket.

ONYX Hospitality Group announces the promotions of Pierre-Andre Pelletier and David Cumming as part of continued regional expansion

Phuket, 3 August 2017 – As part of its continued expansion across the Asia-Pacific, ONYX Hospitality Group has announced two senior promotions with Pierre-Andre Pelletier named Regional Vice President of Operations for South Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives; and David Cumming named Regional Vice President of Operations for Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos.

ONYX Hospitality Group announces the promotions of Pierre-Andre Pelletier and David Cumming as part of continued regional expansion
Pierre-Andre Pelletier & David Cumming

Previously the Vice President and Area General Manager for South Thailand, Pierre-Andre takes on added leadership responsibilities in the Maldives and Vietnam. ONYX currently operates Amari Havodda Maldives and is preparing for the early 2018 opening of OZO Hoi An. The company is in active negotiations with partners on potential new developments in both destinations.

Hailing from a family of hoteliers and restaurateurs, Switzerland-born Pierre-Andre joined the company in 1993. He has served as General Manager of Amari Pattaya, Amari Watergate Bangkok and more recently, the group’s flagship Amari Phuket, where he will continue to be based.

David is elevated from his previous role as Vice President and Area General Manager for Bangkok. In his expanded role, David will support the company’s future growth in Malaysia, where ONYX has one newly-launched Amari and three additional hotels in the pipeline, and Laos, the location of three new Amari properties currently under development.

A 25-year veteran in hospitality, David has been with the company since 2004 and has been General Manager at both Amari Pattaya and Amari Watergate Bangkok. He also held a corporate leadership role as Vice President of Operational Development at ONYX Hospitality Group, providing his wealth of industry expertise to new hotel openings. David will continue to be based at Amari Watergate Bangkok, location of the group’s global head office.

“This is an exciting time in the ongoing development and expansion of ONYX Hospitality Group, and also the year that we enter new markets like Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos,” said Douglas Martell, President & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group. “The expansion of both Pierre-Andre’s and David roles is an important step towards enhancing our commitment within these markets and paving the way for our future growth.”

Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 44 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of 21 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.

Amari Phuket wins three awards at Andaman hotelier and tourism fair 2017

From left to right: Sawaeng Yiti (Amari Phuket’s Florist), Chansupa Suanya (Amari Phuket’s Florist), Katapunyo Songkhun (Amari Phuket’s Commis III Chef) and Kritsada Ketphu (Amari Phuket’s Executive Sous Chef)

Phuket, 25 July 2017 – Amari Phuket is proud to announce its winning of three awards from the Andaman Hotelier and Tourism Fair 2017, the biggest event for the hotel industry in Phuket. Representatives from the kitchen and housekeeping departments participated in the competitions. Katapunyo Songkhun (second from right) won the silver medal for the live cooking event of the Phuket Lobster Culinary Freestyle Challenge Individual Junior Category. Kritsada Ketphu (right) won the bronze medal for the live cooking event of the Phuket Lobster Culinary Freestyle Challenge Individual Professional Category. Sawaeng Yiti (left) and Chansupa Suanya (second from left) were both the second runner-up in the event for making flower arrangements from banana leaves. The awards inspire our team to continue their dedication to delivering high-quality service to our guests.

Amari enters Sri Lanka with the opening of a new beachfront resort in Galle

Bangkok, Thailand. 19 July 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group, one of Asia’s leading hotel management companies, has launched a brand-new Amari property in Sri Lanka’s historic southwest coastal city of Galle. The 172-room Amari Galle, located a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort, is ONYX Hospitality Group’s third hotel in Sri Lanka. This hotel is also the Group’s third Amari opening this year, following Amari Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Amari Yangshuo in China.

Amari enters Sri Lanka with the opening of a new beachfront resort in Galle
Amari Galle feature direct ocean views.

This new beachfront hotel is prominently situated on the Colombo-Galle main road and offers easy access to nearby attractions including Galle Fort, the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by the Europeans, and Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa, popular destinations for water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and kite surfing. Sri Lanka’s international airport in Colombo is about two and a half hours away by car.

Amari Galle’s architecture and design takes inspiration from the natural beauty of the Galle coastline. A panoramic view of the ocean, the gentle sea breeze and warm southern smiles of the Amari Galle team are what greets guests upon arrival.

Every guest room and suite at Amari Galle offers direct sea views and private balconies. The hotel offers accommodation options in five broad categories: deluxe ocean view, deluxe terrace ocean view and grand deluxe ocean view rooms, one bedroom suites and a 360 square-metre presidential suite complete with roof terrace and private plunge pool.

Ahara Gourmet Gallery, the signature market-style restaurant of Amari Galle, offers guests the opportunity to interact with chefs and experience the vibrant flavours of Asian and international cuisines inspired by the region’s rich street food culture. Shoreline Beach Club provides the ideal setting for guests to take in the calming view of the ocean while sampling a variety of snacks and cocktails.

The rooftop bar Bommu, named from the local expression ‘let’s have a drink’, is the ideal place to unwind and mingle. The ambience of the bar is picturesque with the serene and ever-changing ocean horizon as the backdrop. Bommu introduces a range of classic and innovative cocktails, locally inspired tapas and soothing tunes from the house DJ.

Another feature unique to Amari is the Voyager Lounge, a comfortable and relaxed space ideal for informal gatherings, reading, working or light meals. Open to all guests, this 24-hour facility also features a library, showers and luggage-sized lockers, perfect for travellers who are arriving early or departing late at night.

Amari Galle is well positioned to cater to a wide variety of guest needs. For families with children, there is a kids’ pool, a supervised Kids Club and babysitting services on request. Guests who want to indulge in complete relaxation can visit Breeze Spa which offers a range of mood-based therapies.

Amari Galle is equipped to handle meetings, seminars, product launches and workshops with a ballroom that can accommodate approximately 250 people for seated dinners, supported by three IDEA rooms designed for creative meetings. Amari Galle is also a perfect venue for weddings. The hotel’s experienced team of wedding planners provides guidance from recommending enticing menus to creating stunning set ups for that special day.

Enjoy opening offer at Amari Galle Sri Lanka with price starting from USD 115++ per night in a Deluxe Ocean View room including breakfast valid until 31 October 2017. For more information or reservations, visit

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Emerald Group has organized “Thank you agents’ party in Phuket”

Emerald Group has organized “Thank you agents’ party in Phuket” for their cooperation and supports of Emerald Group throughout the years. Together in the Great atmosphere of our newest gallery of “The Emerald Oceanfront Residence”. Mr. Sawit Ketroj (managing director) takes this opportunities to announce the growth and progress of the company as well as the ongoing project. This celebration had great response from the leading agents that had attended the event.

Mr.Sawit Ketroj – Managing Director of Emerald Group

ONYX Hospitality Group Enters Next Phase of Regional Growth

Bangkok, Thailand – 22 May 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Martell as Chief Executive Officer. Previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ONYX, Mr Martell succeeds Peter Henley who will retire after successfully leading the company’s multi-brand and pan-regional expansion as Chief Executive Officer over a period of nine years.

Mr Martell will build on the achievements created by Mr Henley whilst further enhancing the foundations to ensure the company’s ongoing success as it enters the next phase of regional growth. He will lead a long term strategic plan as part of the company’s aim of becoming the best mid-sized hospitality player in Asia, with an emphasis on further growing the ONYX regional portfolio, augmenting the value proposition of each brand and enhancing operational excellence.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Mr Martell boasts a wealth of hospitality experience from management and operational functions across a number of roles held in various markets including China, Japan, Australia, Europe and India. Prior to joining ONYX Hospitality Group as Chief Operating Officer in 2014, Mr Martell spent 13 years at InterContinental Hotels Group, where he held senior leadership roles in Australia, China and Japan, before being appointed IHG’s Vice President of Operations for Southwest Asia based in India.

“This is an exciting period in ONYX Hospitality Group’s ongoing transformation, and I am honoured to be entrusted with the leadership of one of Asia’s fastest growing hospitality companies,” said Mr Martell. “I am confident that with the ongoing dedication of our team members and support of our owning company, investors and partners, we can continue to build on the company’s successes to further expand our presence across the region.”

ONYX Hospitality Group currently operates 42 hotels in eight countries under three core brands – Amari, OZO and Shama – and has over 20 properties in the development pipeline in locations such as Australia, Vietnam and Laos. Most recently, the group launched Amari Yangshuo in Guilin, China and Amari Johor Bahru in southern Peninsula Malaysia, and plans to open new properties in Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Malaysia in the coming year. The company has announced its aim of having 99 hotels open across the region by 2024.