PHUKET, Thailand – Panoramic views across Po Bay to Ao Phang Nga National Park and the Phi Phi Islands
AccorHotels has signed an agreement with Thailand-based real estate developer Khaolak Inter Co., Ltd.
Shanghai, 22 March 2018 – ONYX Hospitality Group, one of the region’s leading hotel management companies, is enhancing its commitment to China by strengthening its Shanghai-based team structure. In addition to creating a new Greater China regional base in Shanghai, the company has appointed Gina Wo to a newly-created role as Senior Vice President and Head of Greater China, effective 26 March 2018.
Joining ONYX Hospitality Group after over 16 years at InterContinental Hotels Group, Gina will oversee all aspects of the company’s ongoing growth and expansion in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. To be based in Shanghai and reporting directly to President and CEO Douglas Martell, Gina will focus on further growth through the localisation of the company’s long-term strategic road map, to solidify the positioning of ONYX Hospitality Group as the hospitality player of choice among travellers, team members, investors and partners in the Greater China region.
One of Gina’s first priorities at ONYX Hospitality Group would be to increase the company’s corporate talent capabilities in Greater China by reviewing the existing manning and structure, as well as strengthening the company’s regional operations, hotel openings and commercial expertise in order to ensure its sustained and continued growth in line with robust portfolio expansion in the coming years. The Shanghai regional headquarters will be complemented by a satellite office in Hong Kong, with team members dedicated to supporting the company’s Hong Kong presence.
This strategic move follows significant recent China development wins for ONYX Hospitality Group, including a China-wide strategic partnership with Sincere Holdings Group for both companies to exclusively develop and open multiple Shama serviced apartment properties across 12 key cities across China. Amari, the company’s flagship hotel brand, also launched its first hotel in China in 2017 with the opening of Amari Yangshuo in Guilin.
“The importance of China goes far beyond the market being a huge growth destination for new properties, as the country is also one of our top source markets for travellers to our hotels across
the Asia-Pacific region,” said Douglas Martell, President & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group. “Gina comes to ONYX Hospitality Group following an illustrious tenure at IHG, and I am confident that with her combined development and operational expertise, leadership strengths and wealth of industry contacts, she will lead us towards greater success in China.”
Based in Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group has a growing regional portfolio of 45 operating properties across three core brands in eight countries. The Group has a robust development pipeline of over 20 new properties in markets such as China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia, and has set
a target of having 99 hotels open by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.
The Emerald Development Group Co.Ltd welcoming the leading investors and financial team from Singapore
On 27th March 2018, The Emerald Development Group Co.Ltd Mr.Sawit Ketroj (Managing Director) introducing and welcoming the leading investors and financial team from stock market of Singapore.Visiting all the projects within The Emerald Group, preparing and planning for future funding and strategy. The expecting date for all process should be complete within 2018; these will make The Emerald Group much stronger in all aspect and reliable.
December 2017, Phuket – At the recent NOW Travel Asia Awards ceremony held on November 10, 2017, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra won an award for being one of Asia’s Top Business Hotels for 2017.
Established in 2012, the NOW Travel Asia Awards honour and recognise the industry’s best as voted by more than 650,000 industry leaders and tourism influencers across the hospitality, food & beverage and tourism sectors in Asia.
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) are an integral part of any business. Indeed, they have a major hand in boosting productivity, increasing profitability, and motivating a company’s sales force. In addition, they are usually the main factor behind securing existing clients’ loyalty and new accounts.
The Novotel Phuket Phokeethra is one of the ideal locations for MICE opportunities in Phuket. The hotel offers 1,300 sq.m. of modular meeting and banquet facilities, including a splendid 950 sq.m. ballroom with a large pre-function area, great for cocktail receptions. The hotel can accommodate up to 850 guests in its state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom with vaulted ceilings and offers four additional meeting rooms. Whether you are hosting a high-profile conference in Phuket, an annual board meeting, exclusive event or exhibition, functions at this Novotel hotel in Phuket will delight delegates, families and friends.
Rest assured as every last detail is taken care of with Novotel’s ProAct: an exclusive, highly effective service to organise your conventions and seminars with the hotel’s extensive network, quality infrastructure, specially-adapted facilities and efficient logistics, with nothing left to the last minute. You can entrust our corporate events planner to work with your ideas and provide you with a customized solution that fits you. Our team is responsive to all of your needs and strives to guarantee successful professional meetings. At the heart of the hotel, a connected, stylish and cosy working area meets the needs of all mobile workers. Alone or as part of a team, you can organise your business meetings or confidential interviews in the best possible conditions at Novotel Phuket Phokeethra.
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December 2017, Krabi – At the recent NOW Travel Asia Awards ceremony held on November 10, 2017, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort was recognised as one of Asia’s Top Family Hotels for this year.
Established in 2012, the NOW Travel Asia Awards honour the industry’s best as voted by more than 650,000 industry leaders and tourism influencers across the hospitality, food & beverage and tourism sectors in Asia.
For your next holiday, discover the outstanding amenities and activities for family that Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has to offer. Each stay is enhanced by our signature Leisure Concierge service from the minute you arrive, and your personal assistant is available to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
All 276 rooms and suites are decorated in a French colonial style with teakwood floors and furniture, and are fitted with a signature MyBed by Sofitel, marble bathtubs and a large private balcony overlooking the sea, pool or garden.
Families will enjoy dining at three restaurants serving Thai, Indian, Italian and international cuisines, and relaxing beside Thailand’s largest free-form swimming pool. You can also find sanctuary at So SPA with L’OCCITANE, stay in shape the fitness centre, enjoy a challenging game at our exclusive 9-hole golf course, or explore idyllic tropical islands by private speedboat and Make your stay a little more magnifique with our exclusive Club Millésime privileges.
Life is Magnifique at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.
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Bangkok, Thailand – 30 November 2017. ONYX Hospitality Group has appointed Craig Bond as Executive Vice President of Operations.
Craig joins ONYX from Oakwood Asia-Pacific where he held the role of Vice President of Operations, overseeing the Group’s portfolio across the region as well as supporting the opening pipeline. Prior to joining Oakwood, Bond held leadership roles with Pan Pacific Hotels, Mirvac and Saville Hotel Group across Australia and the Oceania regions.
Commenting on his new role, Craig said: “I am excited to be joining ONYX at a time when the group is expanding into new markets and territories; and I look forward to being a part of the company’s growth as we continue our journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the Asia-Pacific region.”
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 22 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.
November 2017, Phuket – There is something to celebrate about 50 years of exciting adventures and grand innovations. But don’t imagine that we would be rejoicing with pomp and ceremony, streamers and fireworks. That’s old-fashioned and for the faint-hearted. What we want is to show the world that at the grand age of 50, we’re not done with innovating or impressing people with our “Feel Welcome” spirit. On November 19th, together we are all going to open our doors to the people who don’t usually come through them, to our neighbors, those “Local Heroes”
Every day, hundreds of residents pass our hotels without stopping by. And every day, in our neighborhoods, those very same people protect us, care for us, educate us, entertain us, feed us and make our lives easier. They are our “Local Heroes”. They are doctors, nurse, ambulance drivers, teachers, policemen, firemen, artists, bakers, grocers, volunteer workers and so on. They look after us and our neighborhoods. So now it’s time we looked after them.
Just imagine. All together, on the same day, the entire AccorHotels Family pays tribute to the hospitality industry with a “Feel Welcome” day on November 19th. Our management team led by General Manager of Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, Cedric Besler, has invited our Heroes to join our special cocktail night at ESTRELA Sky Lounge. Our Heroes include Vice Governor, Provincial Administration Organization, Doctor, Nurse, Lawyer, Fireman, Proprietor, National Team Badminton Athletes, and Travel Agent and so on.
To entertain our Heroes, we will provide delicious gourmet food and special drinks, accompanied by soothing music from a local DJ.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Phuket gives recognition to 71 long-serving associates during the Marriott milestone’s gala dinner
Phuket, Thailand 27 November, 2017: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa together with Marriott Vacation Club – Phuket Beach, Marriott Vacation Club – Mai Khao Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach and Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach honoured recently a total of 71 associates who have been serving the company for the past 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
The Annual Marriott Milestone’s Gala Dinner and Long-Serving Awards Ceremony, which was held at Mai Khao Ballroom of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, gave recognition to 71 associates who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20 years of service thus far and the man of the night, the role model for our Marriott’ associates, Mr. Trevor Denman May, General Manager of Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach who have already put in 25 years of service with the Marriott International.
Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, said: “Every year we recognize our associates who have been with Marriott hotels & resorts for their milestone years at our long service dinner. This year, we made it more memorable night as six of Marriott properties in Phuket hosted this associate’s appreciation event together for the first time ever. I believed that it will get bigger and stronger as we will have even more associates who will reach 5 to 25 years since the successful merger with Starwood. We now have a new way of thinking about our priorities and a mission of “Bridging Culture and Inspiring Discovery Around The World”. We focused on the basics: delivering great experiences for our guests and taking care of each other”. On behalf of management team, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thanks to all of you. We appreciate your hard work, dedication and commitment. Congratulations to those that have made it to their 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year anniversaries”.
2017 is a phenomenal year of our JW Marriott Resort & Spa as well as the Marriott International. Currently we are very grateful to have our 856 dedicated associates, who been working with us and bringing their professional skills to make guests everlasting memories. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our associates. Not only have they made us as a team but also helped us reach out to the world. We will be continuing our best to take good care of our associates as we believe in our core values “Take care of associates and they will take care of the customers” growing with them and continue to provide them nothing less than the best. With their support, we wish to reach new heights next year” said Khanisthanee Kanhdanisdha, Director for Human Resources of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Phuket.
Bangkok, 21 November 2017 – With several long weekends coming up, It’s time to get the bags packed, get out of town and have fun together with the family. Any ideas about the destination yet? Amari, a brand of ONYX Hospitality Group, not only offers guests a pleasant stay with well-equipped and comfortable rooms along with full facilities; but also invites all family members to enjoy the most popular theme parks located near its hotels in Hua Hin and Pattaya in Thailand and in Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
Just a three-hour drive from Bangkok, guests will discover rest and relaxation at Amari Hua Hin, providing warm and spacious Family Suites with king-sized bedrooms connected to a separate room with two single beds. These suites are exclusively designed so families can share a memorable holiday together. After a re-energising rest, the whole family can enjoy a big splash at Vana Nava Hua Hin, Asia’s first water jungle, located just six minutes away by car from Amari Hua Hin. Kids and adults alike will love the jaw-dropping range of 20 attractions including signature rides and slides. After a day of thrills and spills, rejuvenate at the pool at Shoreline Beach Club; sip a favourite drink and savour the sharing tapas menu whilst gazing at the blue skies and horizon. Rates for the Amari Hua Hin Family Suite starts at THB 7,100 ++ per room per night including breakfast for four.
Should families decide to head towards the east coast of Thailand, they can get a burst of adrenaline at Ramayana Water Park. Just a short drive from Amari Pattaya, Ramayana Water Park has 10 different attractions with an architectural design inspired by ancient cities. Cartoon Network Amazone – the world’s first Cartoon Network themed water park – is positioned just 20 minutes from Amari Pattaya – where the little ones can have a chance to meet their favourite cartoon characters. After a day of outdoor activities, lounge away in a Deluxe Family room featuring either one king-sized bed or two single beds together with a set of two bunk beds for kids. Rooms are also well-equipped with LCD TVs and DVD players. Enjoy a favourite movie together with kids and catch a glimpse of the scenic sunset from the private balcony. Rates at Amari Pattaya start at THB 4,960++ per room per night including breakfast for two.
For families looking for a city vacation, the southern Peninsula Malaysian city of Johor Bahru with its proximity to Singapore might be the ideal destination. As the city’s newest hotel, Amari Johor Bahru is also home to six exclusive Deluxe Pool Access rooms, the first of its kind in the city. With the hotel’s main pool literally steps away from bed via a private outdoor terrace, the Deluxe Pool Access rooms are already becoming a hit with families. Guests can take the time to energise and revitalise at Breeze Spa while the kids are busy enjoying cartoon movies screened in the Idea Room on weekends and public holidays. For fans of Angry Birds, the Angry Birds Activity Park is just a short walk from Amari Johor Bahru located on the 3rd floor of the nearby Komtar JBCC Shopping Mall. Alternatively, families won’t want to miss Legoland, the first international theme park in Malaysia, located a short drive away. The theme park and water park combination of Legoland provides all-day activities that fuel creativity and imagination. After a fun-filled day, return to a wonderful dinner at Amaya Food Gallery, Amari’s signature restaurant inspired by Asian street food markets. Rates at Amari Johor Bahru start at MYR 540.00 +++ per room per night including breakfast for two persons.
ONYX Hospitality Group continues Asian expansion with a new Amari hotel in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo
Caption: Douglas Martell, President & CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group (third from left) with Walgampala Winil, Chairman of Winil Gems and Winil Holdings (fourth from left), at the signing of the management agreement for Amari Colombo. They were joined by Russell Cool, Area General Manager of Sri Lanka for ONYX Hospitality Group (extreme left), Nigel Harris, EVP and Chief Growth Officer, ONYX Hospitality Group (second from left), Dinesh Walgampala, Director of Winil Holdings (fifth from left) and Gayan Ranatunga, CEO of Winil Holdings (extreme right).
Colombo, 14 November 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group, one of the region’s leading hotel management companies, will launch a brand-new Amari hotel in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.
Developed in collaboration with Winil Holdings, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka-based Winil Gems Group, Amari Colombo will be strategically located in the Kollupitiya commercial district of the capital, within close proximity to the official residence of the Prime Minister, the US Embassy and the Kollupitiya bus and train stations. Other nearby attractions include the National Museum of Colombo, Gangaramaya Temple and Park, a wide range of shops and restaurants, and Kollupitiya Market, one of the city’s most vibrant trading hubs.
Upon completion in mid-2019, the 24-storey property will offer 180 rooms and suites along with signature Amari features including the street food market style Ahara Gourmet Gallery, Breeze Spa and Voyager Lounge. Other highlights include a rooftop pool, bar and recreation centre and an elevated Thai specialty restaurant, all offering unparalleled views of the ocean and the city skyline. The hotel will also offer dedicated executive floors with access to an executive lounge.
Located on 254 Galle Road at the junction where the Colombo Plan Road (formerly known as Marine Drive) meets Galle Road, Amari Colombo is also perfectly situated for direct access to the planned underground highway linking this vibrant Colombo 3 district to the businesses and attractions of the downtown Fort area.
“Since launching our first hotel in Sri Lanka with the opening of OZO Colombo in 2014, ONYX Hospitality Group has remained committed to this market and has built up a network of three hotels in three unique destinations,” said Douglas Martell, President and Chief Executive Officer, ONYX Hospitality Group. “We are proud to be in partnership with Winil Holdings and its Chairman Walgampala Winil to bring our iconic Amari brand to life at this exceptional location in the Sri Lankan capital.”
Walgampala Winil, internationally renowned gems businessman, Chairman of Winil Gems and Winil Holdings, added, “Having personally experienced Amari hotels in Thailand and witnessed the expansion of the ONYX Hospitality Group portfolio across Asia and Sri Lanka, I am excited to be working closely with the ONYX team and drawing on their hospitality management expertise as we launch our first hotel in this unmatched location. I look forward to the coming years of successful partnership.”
Originally from Thailand and expanding rapidly across Asia, Amari is a flagship brand of ONYX Hospitality Group with a rich and long standing heritage of over 52 years. Amari celebrates the colours and rhythms of modern Asia, with each hotel in its portfolio highlighting the textures and flavours of its unique setting through architecture, design, cuisine and service.
2017 has been a significant year of expansion for Amari, with the brand being launched in new locations including Sri Lanka, Malaysia and China. Amari Colombo will be the second Amari-branded hotel in Sri Lanka, and will complement the recently launched Amari Galle, located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka near the historic Galle Fort.
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 over 20 new properties in markets such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia, and has set a target of having 99 hotels open by 2024 as part of its journey towards being the best medium-sized hospitality player in the region.
Caption: Holding the Award is Prapa Hemmin, Event Director of Laguna Phuket Triathlon with Suratwadee Phetriang, PR & Marketing Communications Manager of Laguna Phuket (2nd from left) at the Award Gala.
Photo credit: SPIA Asia 2017
Recently (on 7 November), “Laguna Phuket Triathlon” was named Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand (Silver) at Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia) 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Winning the award for two consecutive years, the 2017 edition is a step up from the Bronze Credential LPT has won in the same category last year.
Also joined Laguna Phuket Triathlon in this category were “Laguna Phuket Marathon” (Gold) and “FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand 2017” (Bronze).
SPIA Asia 2017 saw an expansion of both the sports conference and Awards Gala formats to now include 47 Asian countries across 23 distinct categories, both professional and community focused. 400 entries were received this year, and an independent panel of industry experts and appointed awards auditors have closely reviewed all the 205 shortlisted entries before awarding the top performers with Gold, Silver & Bronze accolades.
“We’d like to thank MMC Sportz Marketing for hosting such prestigious event to recognize us in the sports industry, Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand, Sport Authority of Thailand and Tourism Authority of Thailand for continuous support in Thailand’s sport tourism segment, Phuket Provincial Office and Thai Airways International (PLC) for being there for Laguna Phuket Triathlon from the beginning, as well as all of our sponsors,” said Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Event Director of Laguna Phuket Triathlon.
“Special thanks go to Go Adventure Asia our long-term partners, all of our triathletes from our first race in 1994, event staff and volunteers both from Asia’s premier resort Laguna Phuket and local communities surrounding us.”
Registration to this year Laguna Phuket Triathlon (Sunday 19 November) opens until 13 November at www.lagunaphukettri.com. For more information about SPIA Asia 2017 and all winners listing, please visit www.spiaasia.com.