Pattaya survivor and veteran hotelier Ranjith Chandrasiri

Ranjith and Chitra Chandrasiri own and operate Sirius Hospitality Consulting, offering a full range of services to transform underperforming hotels and restaurants into profitable assets and market leaders.

They are no rarer than Ranjith. Not only a luxury hotel management consultant with oceans of experience spanning multiple continents, but able to speak nine languages ​​(he was born in Sri Lanka) and speak expertly about food and drink, in particular fine wines. His wife Chitra has a similar experience in hotel consulting and is currently Director of Sirius Hospitality Consulting with her husband as Chairman. The company offers a full suite of services to turn underperforming hotels and restaurants into profitable assets and market leaders.

His professional beginnings were as the manager of a food and beverage outlet at the Steigenberger Hotel in Frankfurt. After a prominent role in Australia, he opened the five-star Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh in 1996, but is best known for his roles as resident and general manager at the Royal Cliff here in Pattaya from 1998 to 2012. He was the founder and chairman of Asia’s leading wine associations, namely the deVine and the Royal Cliff Wine Clubs. He was also for seven years chairman of the wine jury of the Food and Beverage Association of Thailand.

Ranjith wishes Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner/president of Château Mouton Rothschild a happy 80th birthday in 2013.

Ranjith has witnessed the development of Pattaya for many years. “In some ways the town is under-promoted,” he says, “because there are a lot more facilities here than in Phuket, for example, which seems to get a lot more credit.” But he thinks Thailand’s post-Covid recovery will be rather slow as the high cost of airfare, inflation and the war in Ukraine will discourage long-distance travel and encourage some people to vacation closer to home. . But Pattaya is currently enjoying a boom in domestic tourism, especially on weekends from Bangkok.

He notes that Pattaya has made progress in encouraging high-end international spenders. “About 15 years ago, we started to see Pattaya develop as a conference and exhibition center under the government’s MICE program. Indeed, the state-of-the-art PEACH convention hall within the Royal Cliff has hosted many such events. He adds that there have also been several successful niche markets, such as Indian weddings in top hotels, and current government policies of offering 10-year visas to wealthy foreigners or those with professional skills. to drive the country’s technological future.

Ranjith and his Sirius team cover operations, finance, IT solutions, sales, marketing and business management across all branches of hospitality.

As President of Sirius, Ranjith is committed to improving the quality of the hotel. His professional team spans operations, finance, IT solutions, sales, marketing and business management to deliver the ultimate in customer service, resulting in increased revenue and profitability. His personal experience as Chairman of The Penthouse Above Sea and Managing Director of the Sri Lanka-based Jetwing Hotels Group has been invaluable. Other accomplishments include Honorary Presidency of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Pattaya Chapter, and high-level university degrees in Germany, Australia and the United States. “I don’t just want Pattaya to survive, but to be profitable,” he concludes. “But to achieve that, there has to be professionalism at all levels.”

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