The Passage Boutique Resort Koh Samui Joins Mövenpick

travel_index_060Bangkok (Thailand) – May 20, 2014 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts proudly announces the signing of a new property The Passage, Koh Samui Resort in Thailand. Rebranded as Mövenpick Resort Laem Yai Beach Samui, the prime beach front property will re-open under Mövenpick management in November 2014. The hotel will be the third property in Thailand, alongside the Bangtao and Karon Beach hotels in Phuket, to be managed by the upscale international hospitality company.

Known for Swiss efficiency in service and operational excellence, Mövenpick officially signed the property on May 15, 2014. The group will oversee refurbishments in line with its high standards which are a hallmark of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. The renovations will include the introduction of 23 new deluxe rooms as well as a series of upgrades to current amenities.

As one of the key locations on Laem Yai beach in Samui, the Mövenpick property is a boutique resort offering striking beach-front views which are famed for spectacular sunsets. Just 18km from Samui International airport, the hotel is only a short distance from the island’s vibrant port town of Nathorn, with its myriad of markets, shops and restaurants.

Commenting on the importance of the Thailand market, Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer, Middle East & Asia says: “This region is a significant growth sector for our brand, with the country seeing a 19.6% growth increase in tourism for 2013; we believe our resort on Laem Yai Beach is a great asset for us and offers great potential”.

Tossapol Satitwittayakul, Executive Director of the Thana Group, the hotel’s owning company added: “Through our association with Mövenpick we see strong potential for progress thanks to the company’s international reach. Working together, we are committed to building on the best customer experience in Samui”.

Due to ongoing and sustainable success in the Asian market, Mövenpick is turning its attention increasingly to Thailand, with plans to operate five properties by 2015. Locations set to open in 2015 include White Sand Beach, Pattaya and Chiang Mai, Suriwongse. Further projects in the country include properties at Hua Hin and Chiang Mai to open in 2017.

A successful global brand with over 7.3 million guests per annum in 80 hotels across 25 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, Mövenpick is committed to delivering a personalised, relaxed and enjoyable guest experience.

Mövenpick are a Platinum Sponsor of Thai Hotel Investment Conference taking place in Bangkok May 19 -21, 2014.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16’000 staff members, is represented in 25 countries with 80 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Istanbul (Turkey), Shanghai (China), and Marrakech (Morocco).

Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).

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