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Press Release11 January 2021

Centara Helps to Safely Restart International Tourism in Asia

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka selected to take part in the “Airport Opening - Pilot Project”, welcoming charter groups from a series of key source markets

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Bangkok, Thailand Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading hotel operator, is playing a key role in helping to restart the Asian tourism industry, after its popular beachfront retreat on Sri Lanka's stunning southwest coast was selected to take part in an innovative new initiative to safely reopen the island to inbound visitors.

Under the by the Sri Lankan government's "Airport Opening - Pilot Project", Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka will be able to welcome guests from a select number of key markets - initially Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan - as part of a travel bubble arrangement. Visitors will be welcomed on a limited number of direct charter flights from these countries, and escorted safely and securely straight to the resort, where they will benefit from a reduced quarantine period - down from 14 to seven days. During this time, guests will be able to enjoy the resort's full range of facilities, including world-class dining, water sports, wellness and much more, as well as being permitted to visit tourist sites and shops.

This is another example of how Centara Hotels & Resorts is helping to lead Asia's tourism industry out of lockdown. The company is already participating in the Thai government's "Alternative State Quarantine" programme, which allows inbound visitors to arrive safely in Thailand with a two-week stay at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok. The company also recently unveiled a series of compelling offers at its island resorts in the Maldives, which promote safe and responsible inbound tourism from key markets able to travel, such as the Middle East, Russia and India.

Every Centara property worldwide has implemented the "Centara Complete Care" programme, which was developed in partnership with Ecolab and SGS and includes an extensive series of health and hygiene protocols.

The creation of travel bubbles is the first step in enabling Asian destinations to safely restart their tourism industries, in the wake of the global pandemic Centara is ready to work with governments across the region to enable the resumption of cross-border travel in a safe manner.

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About Centara Hotels & Resorts

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand's leading hotel operator. Its 83 properties span all major Thai destinations plus the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, China, Japan, Oman, Qatar, Cambodia, Turkey, Indonesia and the UAE. Centara's portfolio comprises six brands - Centara Reserve, Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Centara Boutique Collection, Centra by Centara and COSI Hotels - ranging from luxury island retreats and upscale family resorts to affordable lifestyle concepts supported by innovative technology. The group's newest Centara Reserve brand was unveiled in 2020 as an experiential luxury collection, inviting guests to discover a new era of story-driven hospitality starting with Centara Reserve Samui.

Centara 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 become a top 100 global hotel group, 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, reinforces their loyalty with rewards, privileges and special member pricing.

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