Akaryn Hotel Group
Managing Director & Founder
Anchalika Kijkanakorn is the Managing Director and Founder of award-winning Thai hotel group AKARYN Hotel Group (AHG), a recent chairperson of SLH and SLH board member for the last 12 years.
Anchalika spent 10 years with GE Capital before she founded AHG in 2003 with the acclaimed Aleenta resorts in Hua Hin and Phuket. She later launched the akyra brand which now boasts four hotels in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket and three more in the pipeline, including the brand’s first property in Vietnam. All six AHG hotels are proud members of SLH.
In 2006, Anchalika launched the Pure Blue Foundation, which focuses on environmental protection and local community work with schoolchildren – two causes close to her heart. This led to her inclusion in Forbes Asia’s list of the leading 40 philanthropists.
In conjunction with the Pure Blue Foundation, her newest hotel, akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok, recently became the first new hotel in Asia to launch without any single-use plastic, and was featured in The Times, BBC and Forbes. Under Anchalika’s leadership, every AHG property aims to be free of single-use plastics by June 2019.
She has two young sons and is based in Bangkok.
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