Record turn-out for Centara World Masters 2019 as golf tourism continues to soar in Thailand

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, has revealed that a record number of competitors from around the world will compete at this year’s Centara World Masters Golf Championship, which returns to Hua Hin this summer.

This acclaimed annual tournament will be hosted from 9th to 15th June 2019, gathering more than 500 amateur golfers from approximately 50 countries to this famous seaside town on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand. Competitors will come from many of Thailand’s most important visitor source markets, including the UK, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong, providing a major boost to the tourism economy.

Guests will be hosted at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, the stunning beachfront heritage resort which dates from 1927 and is one of the country’s most famous and historic hotels.

“Centara is a proud supporter of golfers around the world. The global golf tourism sector is booming and Thailand is a major part of its success. The kingdom now offers a large collection of world-class courses, many designed by the sport’s most famous names. With its idyllic climate, stunning scenery and highly accessible location just a short drive from Bangkok, Hua Hin is the perfect destination for golfers in search of a tropical escape,” said David Martens, GM & Corporate Director of Operations Hua Hin, Krabi, Samui & Vietnam, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

“We look forward to welcoming all competitors to Hua Hin for the Centara World Masters this summer, and allowing them to experience our luxurious accommodation, facilities and timeless Thai hospitality. In future, we hope to attract many more golfers and their families to stay at our expanding worldwide collection of hotels and resorts,” he added.

2019 will mark the sixth consecutive edition of the Centara World Masters, and this year event will be bigger and better than ever, with a full week-long schedule of tournaments, dinners, social events and day tours.

Players will enjoy one round each at four of Hua Hin’s leading courses: Springfield Royal Country Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus; Black Mountain Golf Club, which was named as one of the “100 Best Courses in the World” by Golf Digest magazine; Banyan Golf Club, which Asian Golf Monthly selected as its “Best New Course in Asia Pacific”; and Lake View Resort & Golf Club, an Asian Tour venue.

With such an impressive selection of courses, it is little wonder that Hua Hin was named as the “Golf Destination of the Year” for Asia in 2019 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

After each day’s play, all golfers will gather back at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin to celebrate the day’s winners with “19th Hole” festivities, including exquisite Thai cuisine and refreshing beverages. The five-star resort will also host a welcome gala dinner on the opening night and poolside presentations later in the week.

Centara operates an extensive collection of hotels and resorts in many of Thailand’s leading golf tourism destinations, including Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai as well as other havens such as Danang, Vietnam and Muscat, Oman. It is also expanding its portfolio into many other international golfing hotspots, such as China and the UAE. By sponsoring the Centara World Masters Golf Championship once again, Centara is reiterating its deep commitment to golf tourism in Hua Hin, Thailand and across the globe.

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Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading hotel operator. Its 69 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, China, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. Centara’s portfolio comprises six brands -Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara, Centara Residences & Suites and COSI Hotels – ranging from 5-star city hotels and luxurious island retreats to family resorts and affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology.It also operates state-of-the-art convention centres and has its own award-winning spa brand, Cenvaree. Throughout the collection, Centara delivers and celebrates the hospitality and values Thailand is famous for including gracious service, exceptional food, pampering spas and the importance of families.Centara’s distinctive culture and diversity of formats allow it to serve and satisfy travellers of nearly every age and lifestyle.

Over the next five years Centara aims to double its size with additional properties in Thailand and new international markets, while spreading its footprint into new continents and market niches. As Centara continues to expand, a growing base of loyal customers will find the company’s unique style of hospitality in more locations. Centara’s global loyalty programme, Centara The1 Card, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

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