Thailand hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts has appointed Allen Thomas vice president business development, effective January 1.
Thomas joins the company with more than 28 years of experience developing hotel and resort businesses. He has held positions with HPL, Como Hotels, and most recently, Resorts Holdings International. His appointment marks another significant Centara move in their five year plan to double the company's size and become a major regional hospitality brand.
In his new role, Thomas will be responsible for executing the company's plan to grow from 58 to 134 hotels over the next five years, reporting directly to Centara's deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock, who came on board last October to lead the company's expansion strategy.
In the weeks since then, Centara has launched its new affordable lifestyle hotel brand COSI; signed a joint venture to take ownership of Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Cheang Watthana; 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.
With this latest appointment, Centara's management team is almost complete following its recent reorganisation. The company is building a diverse and experienced leadership structure to set it up for continued future success.