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Centara Grand Beach Resort Krabi is First in Thailand to get Gold Certification from EarthCheck

Bangkok, Thailand – July 9, 2015 – For the past five years, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi has been working with EarthCheck to improve their sustainability efforts.  After creating and implementing a large-scale environmental and social management system, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi has now achieved the status of “EarthCheck Gold”, recognizing the resort’s successful five-year-long commitment to sustainable tourism.  As the first property in Thailand to receive the Gold certification, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is proud of their team that continues to uphold the Centara values for sustainability and innovation.

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Centara Maldives helps to protect life under the sea with ‘Green Fins Project’

With an abundance of sea life and colourful coral, the underwater playground is filled with beauty and excitement.  In order to preserve the delicate marine ecosystem, our two Maldives resorts have been implementing innovative and effective initiatives to minimize their impact on the environment.  In addition to providing snorkelers and divers with clear briefing on responsible diving through Best Dives Maldives, both Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives and Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives are participating in the ‘Green Fins Project’, the world’s only set of environmental standards for scuba diving and snorkelling centres.

The scoring for ‘Green Fins’ is based on the lowest score of 0 and the highest score of 330. The lower the score, the better. The recent ‘Green Fins’ assessment for Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa produced a score of 61, a significant improvement on last year’s score of 121.  Centara Grand is one of the top performers in the Maldives.  Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa scored 115, which will only continue to improve as this is their first year with the project.

These initiatives complete our EarthCheck policy designed to minimize coral damage and ensure marine life protection. Both resorts currently have their Silver Certification from EarthCheck

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives welcomes new Yoga instructor

With wellness and fitness becoming more integral dimensions in many people’s lives and as a matter of fact overall holiday experience, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is proud to introduce their new award-winning and internationally recognised Yoga and Fitness instructor, Dr. Lijoy Raj.

With the assistance of Dr. Raj, a variety of yoga sessions will be available for guests, including Yoga Therapy, Dynamic Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation, Anti-Aging Yoga, Yoga for Scuba Divers, Kids Yoga and much more. Private sessions with Dr. Raj will also be available for those seeking suggestions on how to relieve ailments through yoga and lifestyle changes.

In addition to a Ph.D. in naturopathy and yoga, Dr. Raj has worked with the Holy Cross Nature Cure and Yoga Centre in India, the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala and the International Yoga Federation as well as at a variety of international hotels and resorts.

11 Centara Properties Receive Silver Certification from EarthCheck

Bangkok, Thailand – July 2, 2015 – With a solid framework for environment and social sustainability in place, 11 Centara properties have achieved Silver Certification from EarthCheck, the world’s leading environment certifier of travel and tourism organizations.

In order to achieve Silver, Centara properties were required to submit operational data that was benchmarked against industry best practice.  Distinct policies and procedures have been put into place for operational activities at each property, such as waste management, risk assessment and internal audits, allowing for the best practices in the areas of energy consumption, carbon emissions and community engagement.

“As Centara expands internationally, we want to ensure that the values of sustainability are universal and through such certifications, we are encouraged that we are minimizing our impact on the environment and within the local community,” shared CEO Khun Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels and Resorts.  “We are continuing to implement innovative sustainable programmes in all of our hotels and look forward to Gold Certifications in the future.”

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28 Centara Properties recognized with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Bangkok, Thailand – July 1, 2015 - Massive online booking portal TripAdvisor’s Certificates of Excellence for 2015 have been awarded to 28 Centara hotels and resorts in 2015, in locations as diverse as Vietnam, Thailand and the Maldives. This represents an almost 50% increase upon last year’s performance for the brand. The internationally-recognized accolade, which represents online users’ consensus as to which establishments consistently deliver outstanding travel experiences, celebrates the best in accommodations, attractions and eateries across the world.

The enormous popularity of TripAdvisor can be largely attributed to the efficacy of the ‘user reviews’ that the site highlights, which are often viewed by travellers as more genuine and insightful than corporate marketing material.

 “We are thrilled to have been recognized in this extremely visible manner; although we performed well last year, to see so many more Centara properties receiving TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence means that as we are expanding our range of properties, we are continuing to do things right,” commented Centara CEO Thirayuth Chirathivat. “It’s also a hearty endorsement of the consistently good work of management and the team at each property.”

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