Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre reopen
Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, which was at the epicentre of the recent civil disturbances in Bangkok, have reopened for business.
Although the hotel and convention centre had remained open when the Red Shirt protestors made the Rajaprasong business and shopping district their main camp and used Central Square as their rallying stage, the facilities were closed when government armed forces moved in to clear the area of protestors.
During the final days of the subsequent rioting, the CentralWorld shopping complex was damaged by fire.
With calm now returning to Bangkok , deep cleaning is currently taking place at both Centara Grand and the Bangkok Convention Centre to ensure that both properties are completely ready for business by June 1st.
“Both the hotel and the convention centre were undamaged during the riots, and the subsequent fire at CentralWorld,” says Suthikiati Chirathivat , Chairman of the Executive Board of Central Plaza Hotel (Public) Co.,Ltd. “They do however have to undergo 100 percent deep cleaning.
“Immediately the crisis was over, everyone set out to get everything back to normal again, working around the clock in a typical display of Thai public spirit.
“Specialist contractors are working on the cleaning and servicing, and our staff are already on site to ensure that everything is working perfectly when our guests arrive.”
Mr Suthikiati says that despite some news reports indicating CentralWorld had been destroyed, the fire damage had been confined to the Zen department store. CentralWorld is scheduled to reopen within three months.
Despite the damage caused to the Rajaprasong district and the extremely negative image that may have been formed by people watching television broadcasts and reading news accounts, Mr Suthikiati says he believes the area will quickly revert to its usual vibrant self.
“Rajaprasong and the Siam Square area form the heart of the city and have for many years enjoyed a reputation as the shopping and leisure centre of Bangkok, and in fact as one of the most famous such areas in Asia,” he says.
“The concentration of shops, hotels, restaurants and leisure outlets is, I would say, unparalleled anywhere. I am confident that business here for everyone will very quickly return.”