Le Meridien slates Thai venture

PHANG NGA, Thailand -- Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts will manage the Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach Resort, a 258-room, five-star property under construction in Thailand slated to open in the first quarter of 2004.

Situated on Khao Lak Beach in Phang Nga province, a one-hour drive from Phuket Airport, the resort will include more than 20 private luxury villas, a spa and conference facilities for over 400 people.

The hotel's owner, Vitya Holding Co., has developed resorts and golf projects in Thailand and the U.S., such as St. Ives Country Club and St. Marlo Golf Community in Georgia.

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