Banyan Tree to run Bangkok property

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BANGKOK, Thailand -- Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts said it will assume management of the Westin Banyan Tree Bangkok, effective Jan. 1.

The hotel, which is managed by Westin Hotels and Resorts under a five-year contract that expires at the end of this year, will be renamed Banyan Tree Bangkok.

The 216-room all-suite property is Bangkok's tallest hotel. It occupies a 60-story tower in the city's central business district.

"Over the past five years, the Banyan Tree brand has achieved dynamic growth and international recognition. At the same time, our global sales and marketing network has matured and grown in stature," said Edwin Yeow, Banyan Tree's joint managing director and senior vice president of marketing.

"Banyan Tree's brand leadership coupled with our international marketing network has enhanced the group's commercial potential. We believe now is the opportune time for us to launch our first city hotel," Yeow said.

A $3 million renovation will begin in the second quarter of this year and is scheduled for completion by December, just before the official management takeover. As part of the renovation, the hotel will build a new Executive Club lounge with separate check-in and checkout areas, breakfast room and pool bar, and a rooftop grill and "champagne lounge."

To cope with rising demand for spa services, the hotel will add two more floors of spa facilities (on the 20th and 21st floors) to the Banyan Tree Spa, which is currently on the hotel's 51st and 54th floors.

Geared to business travelers, the all-suite hotel features units with separate living and sleeping quarters. The rooms feature large work desks, two-line speaker phones with voice mail, dataports and in-room fax/copier machines.

A business center features secretarial assistance, a library, mobile phone and pager rental and personal computers. For larger meetings, three rooms each feature audiovisual equipment and seating for up to 50 guests.

For details or to book, call (800) 937-8461 or visit www.westin.com. The hotel also can be booked via the major CRSs.

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