Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, the Dusit Thani Bangkok was the city’s tallest edifice and largest hotel when it opened on February 27, 1970. It pioneered five-star hospitality inspired by authentic Thai values and ushered in a new era of tourism for the city, revolutionising dining, entertainment and even the way people organised wedding receptions in the process.
With its new hotel, Dusit International plans to mirror that success by creating a new city landmark that boosts the area’s appeal, enhances existing infrastructure, creates new opportunities for local businesses, celebrates Thai culture, and elevates the brand’s standing internationally.
“Since we officially announced the hotel’s redevelopment earlier last year, we have been inundated with messages from guests, customers and long-time fans of the hotel expressing their opinions about the project,” said group chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun to the Nation.
“While the majority expressed excitement about our next chapter, there were also those who wondered how we could possibly embrace our heritage and continue our legacy in a new building.
“The answer, of course, lies in taking our time to ensure we get it right. We are exploring many ways to add value to the new hotel and mixed-use project in terms of design and innovation. This includes embracing a green concept that reflects our prime location opposite Lumpini Park, creating direct links to both the MRT and BTS mass-transit rail systems, and alleviating traffic in the area by providing new infrastructure.”
Hotel and property developer Dusit International says its flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok will remain open until January 5, 2019, rather than April 16 this year as planned.
It said the closing date has been extended to allow more time to add value to the replacement hotel, which will be part of a Bt36.7-billion mixed-use project being built in partnership with Central Pattana.
(Source: the Nation)