Recently appointed as Vice President Business Development of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Allen Thomas has 28 years of experience developing hotel and resort businesses, a career that includes positions with HPL and Como Hotels and most recently Resorts Holdings International.

His appointment marks another significant Centara move in their five-year plan to double the company’s size and become a major regional hospitality brand. He will be responsible for executing the company’s plan to grow from 58 to 134 hotels over the next five years.

Thomas will report to Centara’s Deputy CEO Markland Blaiklock, who was brought on board in October 2017 to lead the expansion strategy. Since then Centara has already launched its new affordable lifestyle hotel brand COSI and announced a significant upgrade of its technology infrastructure in partnership with Oracle and IDeaS; and finalised an agreement with Nakheel to develop a family lifestyle resort in Dubai.

With this latest appointment, Centara’s management team is well on its way to building a diverse and experienced leadership structure to set it up for continued future success.