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Allen Thomas has been appointed vice president of business development for Centara Hotels & Resorts.

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 has been hailed as a significant move within Centara Hotels and Resorts’ five year plan to double the company’s size and become a major regional hospitality brand.

Thomas will report to Markland Blaiklock, deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts, and be responsible for executing the company’s plan to grow from 58 to 134 hotels over the next five years.