The “Amari & Chula Love Earth” campaign

Bangkok, Thailand, 9 October 2017 – Amari representatives led by Chatrapee Kantariyo (second from left), General Manager of Amari Residences Bangkok and Anna Rohm (third from right), Hotel Manager of Amari Watergate Bangkok hand over e-waste products collected from hotel team members and their families to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sutha Khaodhiar (first from left), Director of Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), as part of the “Amari & Chula Love Earth” Campaign. All of the e-waste collected will be professionally managed by TES-AMM Thailand, a specialist in technology deployment, recovery, remarketing and recycling.

A collaboration between Amari hotels and resorts in Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin and Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, “Amari & Chula Love Earth” is entering its second year and is aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of proper disposal and recycling of electronic waste such as old digital cameras, notebooks, mobile phones, printers, mobile phone batteries and chargers.

Amari has extended this collaboration after receiving positive feedback from team members and their families on the benefits brought about by enhanced awareness of e-waste disposal.

Photo (from left to right)
1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sutha Khaodhiar, Director of the Centre of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, Chulalongkorn University
2. Mrs. Chatrapee Kantariyo, General Manager of Amari Residences Bangkok
3. Mrs. Anna Rohm, Hotel Manager of Amari Watergate Bangkok
4. Mr. Luc Scholte Van Mast, Managing Director, TES-AMM (Thailand) Company Limited
5. Ms. Lisa Thomas, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, ONYX Hospitality Group

Explore three unique destinations of Sri Lanka  with OZO and Amari hotels in Colombo, Kandy and Galle

Bangkok, Thailand. 2 October 2017 – A charming landscape, iconic sights, influences from its colonial heritage, rich cultural traditions and friendly locals blend perfectly in Sri Lanka, making it a one-of-a-kind South Asian holiday destination. With three hotels spread across some of the island’s most beautiful destinations, ONYX Hospitality Group presents a guide of how best to take it all in when visiting the Resplendent Isle.

The rooftop bar ON14 at OZO Colombo offers a stunning view of the city

Start the Trip in the Capital City
Make the capital, Colombo, your quick introduction to Sri Lanka. This port city offers a variety of experiences ranging from a spiritual break in the temples, exploration of culture in the museums, taking the vantage point from rooftop bars to a wide range of markets and retail options. The vocal local team at OZO Colombo recommends a late morning visit to Pettah Market and being amidst the energy of the historic streets crammed with fresh fruit, daily supplies and fabrics. This bustling area provides an adrenaline filled discovery through the city’s busiest neighbourhood. The dynamic arrangement of heritage buildings, makeshift stores and generations-old shops is like a living museum, offering authentic insights into the local lifestyle and culture, as well as providing a unique backdrop for your photo gallery.

Take a Scenic Train Ride
The three-hour train journey connecting Sri Lanka’s capital to Kandy, the cool city located in the inland hills, is a scenic delight. This train ride is not just a mode of transportation to OZO Kandy, but the highlight of the visit itself. The train leaves from the coastal lowlands and chugs up through the hill country past rolling and lush green rice fields, local communities, forests, gurgling rivers and tea plantations. All scenes provide photogenic snapshots of Sri Lanka’s dramatic scenic contrasts. For the best views, locals recommend sitting on the right side of the train while en route to Kandy.

Explore the Birthplace of Ceylon Tea
Crucial to the nation’s economy, Ceylon tea is renowned worldwide and has an interesting 150-year history which can be traced back to the period of the British Empire. In Kandy, the first successful experiments in tea cultivation were made and the first tea plantations were established, making the city a great destination for tea lovers. To learn about the production of tea, marvel at the old machinery, and taste the various blends, the team at OZO Kandy suggest a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum, located three kilometres from the hotel, or a venture into the countryside to the Geragama Tea Estate.

The design of the guestrooms in Amari Galle was inspired by the local setting blended with graphic patterns of ocean ripples and pictures of traditional stilt fishing.

Wander through Time in One of The Country’s Best Preserved Colonial Towns
Be transported back to colonial times at Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest remaining European fortress in Asia. The fort was first built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and later fortified by the Dutch. Wander around impressive monuments and museums from Dutch Reformed Church to the iconic Galle Light House. Today the fort is no less vibrant with chic boutiques, cafes and galleries. Destination Amari, a local guide curated by the team at Amari Galle, recommends Stick No Bills, a poster gallery featuring a rare variety of vintage movie posters as well as retro postcards depicting the vibrant colours of Sri Lanka.

Lounge around the Beach, Swim, Lay Back, Take a Nap and More
Sri Lanka is well known for its beaches. For beach enthusiasts, seeking a day at a beachfront retreat in Galle is recommended. From Amari Galle which offers an expansive beach-facing pool and guaranteed sea views from every room and suite, take a Tuk-Tuk ride to the shores of nearby Unawatuna and get active with watersports such as diving, fishing and boating. To laze the day away, head to the stunning, intimate and isolated Jungle Beach to take a dip in the Indian Ocean. No trip to Galle would be complete without checking out the traditional stilt fishermen at the Ahangama and Koggala Coasts, the best places to catch this centuries-old activity in full action.

Rest well after days of exploration at OZO or Amari
ONYX Hospitality Group offers three unique hotels in Colombo, Kandy and Galle under its two brands – Amari and OZO. Situated a short Tuk-Tuk ride from the city centre, OZO Colombo offers rooms with ocean views, a rooftop infinity pool and bar, and delectable meals at EAT. OZO Kandy is the ideal base for exploring the temples, lush landscapes and the tea plantations. The newly-open Amari Galle offers the street-food inspired Ahara Gourmet Gallery, the sun-drenched Shoreline Beach Club, and a wide range of amenities and services. Until 31 December 2018 at OZO Colombo and OZO Kandy, get 15% off on room rates when booking a minimum stay of three consecutive nights. Discover Amari Galle with this special offer. Get 15% off when booking at least 45 days in advance or 10% off when booking at least 14 days in advance, along with free early check-in for stays until 31 December 2018.

Say “I Do” in Paradise with Amari hotels in Phuket, Hua Hin and Koh Samui

Bangkok, 31 August 2017 – Looking for an ideal place as an outdoor wedding venue? Amari, part of ONYX Hospitality Group, is ready to make all wedding dreams come true at its three most lovely and romantic wedding destinations in stunning tropical paradise locations across Thailand. For anything a couple could wish, our professional wedding team will be at their service in planning every step from start to finish and creating a memorable celebration of endless love.

Feel the cool ocean breeze, listen to the gentle swash of the waves on the white sandy beach while gazing at the colourful, dusky sky and the crystal clear aquamarine sea. No other place but a tranquil and secluded cove minutes from Patong Beach in Phuket could quality as the perfect wedding venue. Even though this dream destination is bustling with people and activity, couples find peace and serenity at Amari Phuket due to its unique location tucked away from all the downtown action. The bride and groom-to-be can celebrate a warm and intimate wedding ceremony with their closest friends and family members in a green garden overlooking a picturesque beach. A traditional Thai wedding ceremony can be organised for the starting price of THB 79,500++. If a Western-style ceremony is preferred, Amari Phuket is also happy to offer a package starting at THB 69,800++.

Lounge around the pool and enjoy the ever-changing seascape at Shoreline Beach Club near Cicada Market, where Amari Hua Hin can arrange a chic lounge-style beach wedding party. At this beachside venue a short distance from the main resort, couples can cherish every romantic moment on Khao Takiab Beach under the starry night sky. Amari Hua Hin offers special ceremonial events accommodating a maximum of 50 guests. Both Western and Thai weddings are tailor-made to suit their needs with packages starting at THB 78,000 net for the Western Nuptial Ceremony and THB 82,000 net for the Thai Nuptial Ceremony.

Imagine saying, “I do”, on the island of Koh Samui with a panoramic view of the blue water and turquoise horizon while exchanging unforgettable vows. The resort’s location on a secluded stretch of Chaweng Beach is an idyllic destination for a lovely wedding with everyone standing barefoot on the golden sand. Let the sky and sea witness the couple’s amour and enjoy the precious moment of love with their beloved ones and friends. Amari Koh Samui can fulfil their desires by offering either traditional Thai or Western ceremony, with packages starting at THB 94,000 net for the Western Marital Celebration and THB 98,000 net for the Traditional Thai Wedding Ceremony.

For more information, please contact:
Amari Phuket – Tel. +66 (0) 7634 0106-14 or www.amari.com/phuket/weddings.aspx
Amari Hua Hin – Tel. +66 (0) 3261 6600 or www.amari.com/huahin/weddings.aspx
Amari Koh Samui – Tel. +66 (0) 7730 0306-9 or www.amari.com/koh-samui/

ONYX Hospitality Group collaborates with WWF-Thailand on Eco-Schools Programme   at Wannawit School

Mrs. Valaithip Piriyawarasakul (3rd left), Chairperson of ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation, Ms.Yowalak Thiarachow (3rd right), Country Director of WWF-Thailand and executives of ONYX Hospitality Group congratulate Ms.Nittaya Tunyong (Centre), Wannawit School Board Member and Eco-Schools student committee on opening ceremony for implementing Eco-Schools Programme.

1st photo (standing from left to right)
1. Mr. David Cumming, Regional Vice President of Operations for Bangkok, Malaysia and Laos, ONYX Hospitality Group
2. Ms. Thaveerut Charupatanapong, Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, ONYX Hospitality Group
3. Mrs. Valaithip Piriyawarasakul , Chairperson of ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation
4. Miss Nittaya Tunyong, Wannawit School Board Member
5. Ms.Yowalak Thiarachow, Country Director of WWF-Thailand
6. Ms. Waraporn Tong-on, Environmental Education Project Manager, WWF-Thailand
7. Ms. Lisa Thomas, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, ONYX Hospitality Group

Bangkok, 30 August 2017- ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation, in collaboration with WWF-Thailand, is taking part in an environmental educational Eco-Schools Programme at Wannawit School in Bangkok. The opening ceremony started with the presenting of Eco-Schools Armbands to the student committee to symbolise their commitment to preserving and maintaining a sustainable school environment. To achieve the goal, WWF-Thailand will share their knowledge about sustainable environmental management to the student committee while ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation will provide financial support via its ‘Baht for a Better Life’ CSR programme.

The Eco-Schools Programme is a fundamental initiative which encourages young people to engage with their environment through actions to preserve and protect the ecosystem. The actions will start in the classroom, expands towards the whole school and eventually foster change in the community at large. This programme is intended to provide the youth with the achievement of being able to influence the environmental management policies of their schools, and ultimately steer them towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag. The Eco-Schools programme is an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people, their families, school staff and local authorities.

In the Eco-Schools programme, students and adults will learn about environmental management through hands-on practice in schools by following 7 steps:

1) Set up of an environmental committee
2) Review of a relevant environmental situation
3) Creation of an action plan
4) Monitoring and evaluation of activities
5) Integrating the plan into the school curriculum
6) Informing and Involving the students and community
7) Creating an Eco-Code
After the opening ceremony, ONYX Hospitality Group volunteers conducted a fun and insightful learning activity with Wannawit students on the topic of waste management that is one of the themes of the ‘Eco-Schools Programme’.

Following this initial collaboration, ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation and WWF-Thailand look forward to expanding the Eco-Schools Programme to other schools in other locations where Amari properties are located, with the intention of expanding on the company’s commitment towards promoting and supporting the environmental preservation in the communities where the company is part of.

ONYX Hospitality Group collaborates with WWF-Thailand on Eco-Schools Programme at Wannawit School

ONYX Hospitality Group collaborates with WWF-Thailand on Eco-Schools Programme at Wannawit School
Ms. Lisa Thomas, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, ONYX Hospitality Group, presented Eco-Schools Armbands to the Eco-Schools student committee of Wannawit School, to drive good environmental practices at the school.
ONYX Hospitality Group collaborates with WWF-Thailand on Eco-Schools Programme at Wannawit School
The Eco-Schools student committee of Wannawit School.

ONYX Hospitality Group collaborates with WWF-Thailand on Eco-Schools Programme at Wannawit School

ONYX Hospitality Group collaborates with WWF-Thailand on Eco-Schools Programme at Wannawit School
ONYX Hospitality Group volunteers and WWF staff conducted a fun and insightful learning activities with Wannawit students about waste management.
ONYX Hospitality Group offers Super-Hot Deals at the 44th Thai Tiew Thai Fair

Bangkok, Thailand – 25 August 2017: Looking for ideas for your next vacation? ONYX Hospitality Group’s hotel and resort brands including Amari, OZO and the Mosaic Collection, welcome local wanderlusts and expatriates to pack their bags and get away to various wonderful destinations in Thailand and eight other countries with super special deals exclusively available at the 44th Thai Tiew Thai Fair on 31 August–3 September 2017 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

ONYX Hospitality Group offers Super-Hot Deals at the 44th Thai Tiew Thai Fair
Angkhang Nature Resort
ONYX Hospitality Group offers Super-Hot Deals at the 44th Thai Tiew Thai Fair
Amari Galle Sri Lanka

Amari, one of the flagship brands of ONYX Hospitality Group, has a variety of fascinating destinations both in Thailand and regionally to make every travel dream come true. Dreams of refreshing the fatigued body and getting a glowing suntan can be fulfilled at the relaxing and stunning beaches near Amari Nova Suites Pattaya, Amari Hua Hin and Amari Vogue Krabi. Rates start from 2,500 THB, 2,800 THB and 3,500 THB, respectively. Or how about a sojourn to the brand-new Amari Galle Sri Lanka with rates starting from 5,000 THB? Football lovers are more than welcome at Amari Buriram United with rates starting at 1,900 THB. Also, Amari Yangshuo Guilin is ideal for nature enthusiasts who want to escape from skyscrapers and unwind in the midst of beautiful mountainscapes. Rates start at 5,800 THB.*

Business and leisure can certainly be well-balanced at urban settings like Amari Johor Bahru Malaysia and Amari Doha Qatar with rates starting at 2,750 THB and 4,500 THB respectively. Avoid spending time in traffic before your next flight by staying at Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok or find your inner peace at Amari Residences Bangkok with rates starting at 2,400 THB and 3,400 THB, respectively.*

For guests looking for a perfect night’s sleep, a refreshing and energising breakfast and great connectivity, OZO is the perfect choice. Relax, sleep tight and wake up to a bright morning by the sea at OZO Chaweng Samui with rates starting at 2,500 THB. Alternatively, guests can immerse in the heart of Hong Kong at OZO Wesley Hong Kong with rates starting at 4,250 THB. Further afield, guests can enjoy easy access to the renowned Sri Dalada Maligawa, a World Heritage Site, at OZO Kandy Sri Lanka, with rates starting at 3,560 THB.*

Explore the historical wonders of Vat Phou, a World Heritage Site in Laos, located next to Champasak Grand Hotel, where rates start at 1,300 THB.  Enjoy the cool mountain climate at Angkhang Nature Resort, located close to the Royal Project Foundation’s Royal Angkhang Research Station, with rates starting at 1,700 THB*. For more information, meet our team at The ONYX Hospitality Group stand at P150–P153, Plenary Hall, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

*Rates are valid for stays between 1 September 2017 and 31 March 2018. Net rates quoted vary from property to property, and are on a per-room and per-night basis, including breakfast for two. Conditions apply and all bookings are subject to availability. Additional charges will apply for stays on weekends, long weekends and public holidays.

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 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 https://goo.gl/D7sSdw.

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.

ONYX Hospitality Group’s Arts for The Planet 2017 awards

 

Mr. Peter Henley, President and CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group (5th from right) and Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto (5th from left), Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and the founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab, congratulate Kasetsart University students who won the Best Design, Inspiring Design and Creative Design Awards as part of its Arts for The Planet project.

Bangkok, Thailand. 4 May 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group, led by President and CEO, Mr. Peter Henley (centre), congratulates students of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab who won the Best Design, Inspiring Design and Creative Design Awards as part of its Arts for the Planet 2017 project. The four winning teams received trophies and scholarships worth a total of 110,000 THB from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation at the award ceremony and exhibition event.

The event was part of the Arts for The Planet 2017 project, which aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste. For the project, ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with the Scrap Lab of the Faculty of Architecture at Kasetsart University and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The Scrap Lab incorporated the project into its educational curriculum.

Students who participated the Scrap Lab course received the opportunity to learn about issues relating to waste management, and were involved in hands-on activities such as cleaning up a canal, before going on to explore the design ideas and processes. They then experiment a process of developing products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab, and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from upcycling ocean debris.

ONYX Hospitality Group acknowledges the support of sponsors including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, who provided funds to the students participating in the project in order to support product development. To help the students supplement their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, senior leaders from the three corporate sponsors also provide factory visits and coaching support to the students for development of their product designs and prototypes.

Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 were selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony.
The Best Design Award was presented to Mr. Piphat Thongta and Ms. Chawanlapa Darachart for their creations titled “Beep Beep”. The students transformed a combination of leftover sponge, synthetic rattan, dacron, wood and aluminium from a furniture factory and mixed them with concrete to create plant pots and candle light holders which were all presented in practical and visually appealing packaging. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 40,000 THB.

The Inspiring Design Award was presented to Mr. Seksit Pakdee and Mr. Guillaume Bichon for their creation titled “Fantasteak”. The students have created a chair, a desk lamp and a photo frame using recycled plastic boards from Tlejourn, left over bottle corks from their university cafeteria, teak and leather scraps from the sponsors’ factories. They credit Lego for the inspiration behind their creation. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 30,000 THB.

The Creative Design Awards were presented to two teams of students. The first team, consisting of Ms. Nutkritta Nilkamhaeng and Ms. Lucie Lauwerier, created “From the bin to the sky”, a product made from leftover rope braid scrap from a furniture factory and straws from the university cafeteria into do-it-yourself kites in various shapes. The second team, consisting of Ms. Marie Le Gouellec and Ms. Pattanayu Thongloi, received the award for their product called “Metisse” which are practical wall partitions developed from scrap rubber sheets and foil papers. Both teams of students has received trophies and a scholarship worth 20,000 THB.

Mr. Peter Henley (4th from left), President and CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group, welcomes the Arts for The Planet 2017’s reviewing panel including Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto (4th from right), Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and the founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab; Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai (1st left), founder of Tlejourn; Mr. Somboon Treepornjaroen (2nd from left), Managing Director of ERP Group; Mr. Watcharakorn Kanokvaliwongse (3rd from left), Chief Marketing Officer of Kiat Siam Leatherware Co.,Ltd.; Mrs. Alisa Viphavaphanich (3rd from right), Managing Director of Hawaii Thai Furniture Co.,Ltd.; Dr. Aracha Krasaein (2nd from right); lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University and Mr. Duncan Webb (first right), Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of ONYX Hospitality Group.
Mr. Peter Henley (second from right), President and CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group and Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto (second from left), Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and the founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab, congratulate Mr. Piphat Thongta (first left) and Ms. Chawanlapa Darachart (first right) winners of the Best Design Award from the Arts for the Planet 2017.
ONYX Hospitality Group executives, Arts for The Planet 2017’s participating students and members of the reviewing panel.
The plant pots and candle holders are part of the “Beep Beep” collection which won the Best Design Award as part of the Arts for The Planet 2017 project.
A chair developed under the “FANTASTEAK” range by Mr. Seksit Pakdee and Mr. Guillaume Bichon, winners of the Inspiring Design Award as part of Arts for The Planet 2017 project.
The do-it-yourself kite part of the entry titled “From the bin to the sky” by Ms. Nutkritta Nilkamhaeng and Ms. Lucie Lauwerier which won the Creative Design Award.
The upcycled room partitions developed under the entry titled “Metisse” by Ms. Marie Le Gouellec and Ms. Pattanayu Thongloi won the Creative Design Award.

About Arts for the Planet 2017

Arts for The Planet 2017 is a project of ONYX Hospitality Group in collaboration with Scrap Lab of Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Architecture, and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The project aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and aims to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste.

The Arts for The Planet project has been incorporated as part of the Scrap Lab course for a period of 14 weeks from January to May 2017. Registered students receive the opportunity of learning about the potential of usually overlooked waste materials, and are offered guidance on how to transform such materials into practical products, particularly those used by hotels on a regular basis. The project also aims to showcase how a partnership between the business and educational sectors could offer environmental, societal and economic benefits.

During the course and the project, students learnt about overall environmental issues, including waste production and management, and participated in a clean-up activity at a canal in Bangplee district, before going on to explore the design of ideas and processes, and then the development of products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts. These experts include Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design, as well as the founder of KU’s Scrap Lab; and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from
upcycling ocean debris.

ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with its sponsors, including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, to provide funds to the students participating in the Arts for The Planet project to support product developmental processes. To help the students bridge their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, the three business partners provide assistance and consultancy to the students as they develop their designs and production processes.

After a period of 14 weeks, eight teams from Kasetsart University’s architectural school will present their innovative ideas on transforming waste factory materials into practical applications and products. Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 will be selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation.

Background information: ONYX Hospitality Group partners for Arts for The Planet 2017

Kiat Siam Leatherware
Kiat Siam Leatherware is a specialist in producing the finest quality leatherware products, custom designed to meet clients’ special requirements. With more than 30 years experience in producing quality leather products, the company’s expert craftsmen are committed to meet the most demanding of requirements. The company’s products such as amenities boxes, tissue boxes, menu covers and register blotters have become essential items used in many hotels, restaurants and even limousines across Thailand and internationally. For more information, visit www.kiatsiam.com

Hawaii Thai
With over 50 years of experience, Hawaii Thai has grown into Thailand’s largest producer and exporter of wicker furniture, operating from a production base located in an area of over 80 rais (31.6 acres) in Prachinburi Province. This plant is well equipped with the highest manufacturing facilities to cater to the needs of both domestic and international customers. The company produces furniture and furnishing products for hotels, homes and residences and takes pride in functionality and elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.hawaiithai.com

Extensive Research Polymers (ERP)
ERP is the manufacturer of high quality rubber parts and compound for industries including automotive and home appliances. The company has been established at Samutprakarn province since 1991 with rubber compound as a core business. In 2004, the ERP factory moved from Samutprakarn province to Chonburi province to expand its capacity and improve process. The company also operates its own laboratory to test and develop products to meet clients’ specifications. For more information, visit http://erppolymers.com