Hua Hin, Thailand – May 26, 2017 – Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin showcased its superlative food and beverage quality, as well as renowned outdoor party venues by hosting a welcome dinner for 180 travel representatives from the German speaking market who were participating in the Hua Hin leg of DER Touristik Campus Live in Thailand 2017. The workshop was organized by Department of Sales Promotion, the CAMPUS Team of the DER Touristik GmbH & Co. KG, Europe’s leading tour and travel operator under REWE Group to provide agents with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the hotel destination in order to reinforce their product knowledge and increase sales subsequently.
David Martens, General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, said: “This is a great opportunity for our resort to be underlined as one of the best venues in Hua Hin to host several styles of social events. Blessed with the country’s finest manicured garden, our resort offers a magnificent space for cocktail parties or a brunch overlooking the picturesque greeneries of animal-shaped topiaries. And while beach parties will never go out of style, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin is set on a prime stretch of Hua Hin’s white, sandy beach, catering well to picture perfect beachfront weddings or private beachfront dinner functions, which can be arranged in any style to your heart’s desire.”
The memorable evening in Hua Hin started when 180 German-speaking travel representatives arrived to the resort and were warmly welcomed by a cocktail reception in the topiary garden.
Guests were served welcome drinks made from butterfly-pea flowers giving a blue colouring effect, along with a selection of wine, beer and soft drinks. Stylish canapés designed especially for this event, including coconut flavoured minced chicken salad on crispy rice cracker, Mini pizzas with tom yum shrimp, Thai pomelo salad in a crispy cup, and Mango sticky rice sushi, were served to delight the guests’ taste buds amidst the relaxing atmosphere of traditional Thai music played by a stringed instrument called “Khim”. During the serving of canapés and drinks, site inspection was also available for the agents to view a variety of the resort’s iconic colonial-style room types.
After the garden’s networking opportunity, guests were ushered to the welcome dinner party at the beachfront COAST Beach Club & Bistro and by the Colonial Pool. The themed “Thai Street Food” presentation was arranged to resemble traditional Thai street food stalls, where the food is easy to eat standing or sitting and served in a traditional way using containers made out of banana leaves or a coconut. At this special dinner setting, the agents had a chance to experience and learn more about some of the “Heritage Cuisine of Hua Hin” which ties in with the historical aspects of the resort. Delightful savoury items freshly concocted and served at the food stalls included Phad Thai with chicken, Crispy fish cake and spring rolls, Chicken coconut soup served in a whole coconut, BBQ pork skewers with dipping sauce, Assorted grilled satay with peanut sauce, followed by popular desserts like Thai coconut ice cream and Deep fried banana. Traditional and western entertainment was provided during the evening.
Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and management representatives of DER Touristik GmbH & Co. KG remarked: “We are in awe and utterly impressed with fine event facilities and quality of cuisine Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has offered. The resort is definitely the crown jewel of the resort town with so much potential to attract European travellers, especially those looking to explore the myriad of natural and cultural attractions that Hua Hin has to offer. With superb resort facilities and a great location right in the city, combined with a large drop of Thai hospitality, we believe that guests will find the resort the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday or an eminent venue to host all kinds of special events such as private parties and weddings on the beach.”
“Ultimately, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has demonstrated today to an extensive crowd of travel influencers in the German-speaking market that we are the best choice of luxurious accommodation with finest facilities and quality services in Hua Hin, Thailand. In the near future, we hope to welcome more German guests from these agents who will now be able to recommend our resort to their customers from their first-hand experience of this event,” David Martens, concluded.
For more information about Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, please visit: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/chbr.
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Management executives from Department of Sales Promotion, DER Touristik GmbH & Co.KG led by Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing participated in the photo session with David Martens / General Manager, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.
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(From left): David Martens, General Manager, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin and Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, DER Touristik GmbH & Co.KG.
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(From Left): Rudolf Roithmayr, Corporate Director of Sales – D/A/CH & Eastern EU, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Montakarn Shutt, Corporate Director of Public Relations, Centara Hotels & Resorts and Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, DER Touristik GmbH & Co.KG.
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(From Left): German-speaking tour representatives attending the welcome reception in the garden, including Sylke Doenges, Lara Sommerhage, Caroline Richter, Liusses Sandra, Jokel Joana, Beck Gevhavol, Oswald Jennife and Claus Enders.
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Marcel Boeni, Director of Contracting, Go Vacation Thailand (1st Left), Rudolf Roithmayr, Corporate Director of Sales, D/A/CH & Eastern EU, Centara Hotels & Resorts (centre), Montakarn Shutt, Corporate Director of Public Relations, Centara Hotels & Resorts (2nd right) and Daryl Kornelsen, Regional Director of Sales – Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Eastern Europe at Shangri – La Hotels and Resorts (1st right)
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(From Left): Conny Schrübbers, Project Manager of Sales Promotion, DER Touristik GmbH & Co.KG.
Jürgen Termer, Event Photographer. Patricia Schlett, Project Manager of Sales Promotion, DER Touristik Frankfurt GmbH & Co. KG.
Sandra Longo, Project Manager of Sales Promotion, DER Touristik Frankfurt GmbH & Co. KG
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(From Left): Paula Rotter, Project Manager of Sales Promotion, DER Touristik GmbH & Co.KG and Claus Albiez.
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Daryl Kornelsen , Regional Director of Sales – Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Eastern Europe at Shangri – La Hotels and Resorts (3rd Left) and team.
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(From Left): Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, DER Touristik GmbH & Co.KG and Montakarn Shutt, Corporate Director of Public Relations, Centara Hotels & Resorts.
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Executive Chef Steffen Hoffer at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin made fresh Pad Thai for guests at the station.
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Welcome drinks of butterfly-pea flowers served to all guests upon arrival.
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Thai traditional style canapé.
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Dinner at Coast Beach Club & Bistro of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
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Traditional Thai Dance Show for DER Touristik Event at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
About Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
Originally known as the “Railway Hotel”, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin first opened in the early 1920s, just as the cosy fishing village of Hua Hin was being discovered by the world via the opening of a new railway line to Malaysia. What was to become over time, Thailand’s most refined beach resort was fortuitously graced by the newly-built Railway Hotel, which was designed to classic colonial lines. Now considerately restored and expanded to include all of the recreational and guest facilities that travellers expect from a beach resort, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas remains one of the ‘grand old hotels’ of the East. Set facing Hua Hin’s famously wide breezy beach front, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas is still skirted by an expanse of gardens, an important part of its atmosphere of dignity and serenity, but the resort is also located conveniently to the town centre.
About Coast Beach Club & Bistro at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
Coast Beach Club & Bistro is a brand-new drinking, dining and lounging venue located at the best part of Hua Hin beach. It’s also the ultimate in laid-back cool – sipping chilled drinks, indulging in a succulent food and sharing stories and laughter with friends. You’ll never miss lunch and dinner’s always just a quick decision away. Sizzling grilled meats and locally sourced seafood, sliders, sandwiches, Neapolitan pizzas and salads are always available and made to fresh seaside perfection by our chefs. As the sun slides into the sea and the day gives way to a starry night, you can move into the evening mood without missing a beat. We’ll be serving up cool, ambient tunes, while our creative mixologists concoct a collection of fantastic cocktails. Wine’s definitely on the list, and beer lovers are covered too with a varieties of chilled brews to be enjoyed.