The 5th Mai Khao Turtle Release is scheduled for April 13, 2014 on Phuket’s beautiful Mai Khao Beach. Organized by Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, this important annual event raises funds and awareness for the plight of Phuket’s critically endangered sea turtles.
Taking place on the resort’s beachfront, the 5th Mai Khao Turtle Release will see a new batch of rehabilitated green turtles introduced back into the Andaman Sea. The event is supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the Royal Thai Navy.
Phuket residents, local officials and resort staff are invited to join what promises to be a fun and inspirational experience. In doing so they will be helping to protect the area’s endangered turtle population. Every THB2,500 raised through donations pays for the rehabilitation of one turtle and its release back into nature.
Also making possible the work of the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation – which was founded by JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and in 2014 celebrates its 12th anniversary – is financial support from the Phuket community and donations from guests at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, Anantara Phuket Villas and Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa.
Phuket’s sea turtles face multiple threats and their numbers have severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year. Many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean, from entanglement in fishing nets and being hit by speedboats.
The 5th Mai Khao Turtle Release holds extra significance, as it follows just-received government approval to build the Marine Turtle Rehabilitation Shelter & Education Center onsite at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. It also coincides with the Thai New Year holiday of Songkran.
“The annual Mai Khao Turtle Release is symbolic of the wonderful work being done by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and all parties involved, in preserving the beautiful natural environment we have here”, said JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s General Manager Oriol Montal.
For the 5th Mai Khao Turtle Release, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is also offering the Remarkable Songkran Getaway with Sea Turtle Release package. Starting from THB 5,900 per room per night, it includes:
Accommodation in a Deluxe Sala Terrace room
Daily international breakfast for 2
Adoption of a turtle for release at the 5th Mai Khao Turtle Release
Book now at email@example.com or contact jwmarriottphuketresort.com or Tel: +66 76 338 000 Fax: +66 76 348 348.
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For more information about the foundation, please contact Khun Kittipan, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Coordinator, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +6689-733-8830.