Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach Sponsors Thanyapura’s Classic Cycle Race

Phuket, Thailand, 14 November 2017 – Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach recently teamed up with the Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort to host the annual “Classic Cycling Race” in Southern Thailand.

A total of 263 athletes took part in the event on 12th November 2017, which included two separate cycle races through the tropical countryside and spectacular scenery of Phuket and Phang Nga provinces.

The “Mini-Classic” race saw 160 cyclists depart from Thanyapura for a challenging 45km ride around North Phuket, while the “Classic” race saw 103 athletes cycle for 106 grueling kilometers through Phuket and neighboring Phang Nga.

The male of female winners of the Classic race were rewarded with a two-night package at Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach, including accommodation in a Beachfront Two Bedroom Private Pool Villa!

The start of the event was presided over by Mr Virat Patee, Director of the Sports Authority of Thailand, and Mr Paolo Randone, Chief Operating Officer of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.

“Thanyapura’s Classic Cycling Race is always a fantastic occasion and it was a great pleasure to be part of this year’s event,” said David Ippersiel, General Manager of Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach. “This annual sporting event allows us to strengthen our connections with the local community, as part of our commitment to support our neighbors.

“We are also delighted to be able welcome the winning atheletes to our resort. After their exertions, I’m sure they will be overjoyed to relax in the comfort of our Beachfront Two Bedroom Private Pool Villa. We hope this will encourage more people to join Thanyapura’s community sports events in future. Stay healthy!” Mr Ippersiel added.

This year marked the first time that Thanyapura has partnered with a hotel for this event. As a main sponsor of the race, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach presented the two winners of the Classic race with a voucher for a two-night stay in a Beachfront Two Bedroom Private Pool Villa – the most luxurious accommodation at the resort – including daily breakfast and one evening dinner at the Big Fish restaurant for two people.

The prize packages also include a 20% discount on all spa treatments at the resort, meaning that the winning cyclists can soothe their aching bodies with a blissful massage. The packages for both the male and female winners were valued at more than THB175,400 (approx. US$5,300).

Following this initial sponsorship opportunity, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach hopes to partner with Thanyapura’s Classic Cycling Race for many years to come.

This year’s event was also sponsored by ProBike, Trek, Vatemon, NGG Timepieces, Khao Phuket, The Phuket News, Aroma Group, Pom Sport Shutter, and Born Free to Tri.

The Fourth Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race Takes Place in Phuket, Thailand

The fourth annual Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race was held on 12 November 2017, with top athletes and cycling enthusiasts traveling to Phuket from around the world in order to take part. The race is the largest cycling competition on the island, and offers 2 options for riders: a 45km route and a 106km route. Participants raced through lush jungle scapes, up and down mountainous terrain and through scenic pathways along northern Phuket’s breathtaking coastline. The 45km and 106km races were open to males and females aged 13 and above.

The Fourth Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race Takes Place in Phuket, Thailand
VIPs group photo: Coach Ricky, Mr.Virat Patee, Mr.Paolo Randone, Ms.Panchan Noimeecharoen
The Fourth Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race Takes Place in Phuket, Thailand
Winners from Male 106 km open category

2017’s Classic Cycling Race, which was hosted and organised by the Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, saw Mr. Witthawat Wari victorious, as he took first place in 106 km open category. In second place was Mr. Jurgen Zack, and Mr. Rune Hovland took third. This year’s grand prize for each of the gold medal winners in their respective categories is a voucher to take advantage of the beautiful Marriott Hotel in Nai Yang. A full list of this year’s results can be found here.

Paolo Randone, Vice President of Thanyapura Sports and F&B, said, “As the number one sports resort in Asia, we are very proud to once again organise the Thanyapura Classic Bike race, and enjoy seeing more and more people take part year after year. Cycling is a big part of Thailand’s sport culture, and is linked to many health benefits. It is great to see a steady increase in the sport’s popularity. We believe that being a part of the race provides a lot of motivation to the young – and the young at heart. It is our mission to continue to support and organise events like this to motivate all generations to live a healthier life.”

In addition to the prizes awarded to the winners, this is the first year that participants had the chance to win some of the fantastic products offered in a Lucky Draw. Items up for grabs included a Trek Emonda ALR 4 bike, Suunto Spartan GPS watches, gift vouchers to Thanyapura and a Trainer Cycleops Magneto. A big thank you to 2017’s Thanyapura Classic Cycling Race sponsors: ProBike, Trek, Vatemon, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, NGG Timepieces, Khao Phuket, The Phuket News, Aroma Group, Pom Sport Shutter and Born Free To Tri.

The Thanyapura Phuket Classic Cycling Race was established in 2014 under the name Grand Fondo, and offers 2 separate races. The 45km route for enthusiasts, and the 106km route for advanced athletes. All participants are individually timed. This year, 160 participants took part in the 45km race, and 103 participants in the 106km race. Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort organises a number of events that attract top international athletes each year, along with providing high quality bike rental services and professional coaching. Thanyapura’s resident Sports Scientist analyses data from Computrainers to create personalised profiles that show performance levels, and help to improve training programmes.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort awarded 2 SPIA Asia Awards 2017

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is honoured to have been awarded 2 SPIA Asia (Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference) awards in 2017 for Best Sport Youth Development Program in Thailand (Silver), and Best Sport Event Venue in Thailand (Bronze).

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort awarded 2 SPIA Asia Awards 2017
Alexandra Lochmatter with 2 awards
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort awarded 2 SPIA Asia Awards 2017
Best Sport Youth Development Program in Thailand and Best Sport Event Venue in Thailand

SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference, is open to governing bodies, federations, brands, agencies and other organisations from 47 countries across Asia. SPIA Asia is supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism & Sports, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and is judged by a panel of 20 independent experts in the industry who meticulously examine each finalist within 17 Asian categories. The results were announced and celebrated on 7 November 2017 at a prestigious gala held at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre.

Alexandra Lochmatter, Thanyapura’s Director of Business Development, commented; “We are truly honored to receive the awards that SPIA Asia has given. We are committed not only to developing the Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, but also helping to highlight the beautiful country of Thailand as a top sports destination in Asia – and beyond.”

The SPIA Asia awards are held annually over a 2-day period to celebrate the organisations that positively influence Asia’s sporting landscape. It is committed to raising funds for local development initiatives, along with bringing together leaders within the industry to discuss the ways in which the face of sport is changing in the region. This year’s conference explored topics like ‘Thailand’s Sporting Boom’, ‘Tennis in Asia’ and ‘Why Sports Wins in a Fragmented Media Age’. More than 300 delegates and 20 international speakers attended the 2017 conference, which culminated with the black-tie Awards Gala Dinner.

Thanyapura was shortlisted alongside leading programs like the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand and the Bangkok Airways Boutique Series. Categories highlight organisations under themes like Best Global Sports Organisation Operating in Asia, Best Sports Tourism Destination of the Year, Best Live Experience at a Sporting Event and Best Sports Event Hospitality Offering. The main objective of SPIA Asia’s 2-day event is to develop and bring together Asia’s sports industry, and to support Pan-Asia industry growth and best practices.

To find out more about SPIA Asia’s mission and philosophy, visit their website. For a full list of 2017’s finalists, click here.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros

The Race of Legends once again features a strong pro athlete line up, vying for USD 20,000 prize purse on Sunday 19 November in Phuket, Thailand. Headlining this year’s pro field are defending champions Michael Raelert (Germany) and Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand). Michael Raelert is a two time Ironman 70.3 World Champion. He has won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon twice and this year is aiming for a title hattrick in Phuket, something that has never been done before in the event’s 23 year history. The move is also an attempt to catch up with Massimo Cigana (Italy) who currently holds four-time LPT champion status. Amelia Watkinson has had a slow start to the season but has won her last two races, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Ironman 70.3 Bintan. She has spent some time recently training in Phuket which should have prepared her well to defend her title.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Michael Raelert (Germany)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Antony Costes (France)

Other notable pros on the men’s side are Cigana’s fellow Italian Alberto Casadei, co-champion in 2014. Another pro to watch is Antony Costes from France, a rising talent on the international triathlon scene. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Antony finished second at Laguna last year and will try to do one better this year. He recently won Ironman Spain in the world class time of 7:49:19h, the second fastest time over the Ironman distance in the world this year.

In the women’s field Phuket based Brit Imogen Simmonds is hoping to show her recent good form at her home race. In her first year as a pro Imo was slowed down by a broken collar bone early in the year but has hit form of late finishing fourth in a strong women’s field at Ironman 70.3 Vichy. She will try to improve on her fourth place at Laguna Phuket in 2016. Another contender in the women’s race will be Yvonne van Vlerken. Yvonne has been a top Iron distance athlete for a long time and her recent win at Challenge Almere in a time of 8:51:13 was the thirteenth time she broke the nine hour barrier, a world record.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support hospitals in Thailand.

Registration for both events opens until 13 November (or until sold-out) at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket race

With an already successful Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket race held back in May, Thanyapura Phuket is looking forward to hosting it’s second Tri Dash Phuket event of the year on 21 October.

Registration are set to close on 14 October 2017 and entry slots are limited! Entry fee is THB 1,100 for individual athletes and THB 2,000 for relay teams.

A chance to brush up on your triathlon skills, ensure to secure an entry slot and register for the October Tri Dash Phuket today!

Race Information: http://www.tridashthailand.com/phuket/
Go Register: https://reg.gotorace.com/TDP2017/signin.asp

Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket race

The 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run & Mini Marathon 2017 in Phuket

Phuket – October 8, 2017: There was a huge turnout for the 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon 2017, with 3,200 people taking part in the annual event, which is in its 13th year.

Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa welcomed the guests of honor and participants in this early Sunday morning. The opening ceremony presided by Mr. Noraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor alongside with Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok, Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew and Khun Uthit Limsakul, Deputy Director of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office at Phuket Gateway. Before the race kicked off, Phuket Governor requested the participants to rise to observe 2 minutes of silence in loving memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The atmosphere was incredible with local people taking part to run for fitness and conservation of sea turtles together. The mini marathon 10.2K runners made a history once again by running across the iconic Phuket, Sarasin and Thao Thep Kasattri Bridge to Phang Nga province and back, it was the second year that we used this beautiful routing for the annual Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon.

“Healthy people make for a healthy community,” I am delighted to be part of this amazing event, huge thanks also goes to the foundation owners the Minor group, sponsors, partners and hardworking volunteers, this event would not be possible without them” said, Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The annual Turtle Fun Run and Mini Marathon – while also aiming to encourage in people a healthy lifestyle – is a collaborative effort by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to raise funds and awareness of the conservation work done by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and its “The Injured Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program” to rescue, rehabilitate and release (recovered) injured turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.

Phuket’s endangered sea turtles – which use Mai Khao Beach as a nesting ground – are facing multiple threats, their numbers having severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year, while many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean.

Three Thousand and Two Hundred Runners Turn Out for The 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run & Mini Marathon 2017 in Phuket -Run across the Sea on Iconic Phuket, Sarasin Bridge-

From left to right:
(1st) Mr. Uthit Limsakul, Deputy Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office
(2nd) Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
(3rd) Mr. Thawornwat Kongkaew, Phuket Vice Governor
(4th ) Mr. Noraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor
(5th) Mr. Snith Sriwihok, Phuket Vice Governor
(6th) Mrs. Leedee Sriwihok
(7th) Ms. Budsaya Jaipiem, Chief of Phuket Provincial, the Government Public Relations Department
(8th ) Mr. Sean Panton, Co-Chairman & Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marriott Thailand Business Council
(9th) Mrs. Kanokwan Homcha-aim, Field Coordinator South (Marriott project), Thailand Programme IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Three Thousand and Two Hundred Runners Turn Out for The 13th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run & Mini Marathon 2017 in Phuket -Run across the Sea on Iconic Phuket, Sarasin Bridge-

The winner of Male Overall Mini Marathon 10.2 km.’s category
1st Mr. Warut Suwannacheep
2nd Mr. Anun Khakpong
3rd Mr Chonnakan Thongcho
4th Mr. Chinawat
5th Mr. Nirut Deankeat
6th Mr. Sangha Sangparn
7th Mr. Suteab Seama

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort Announces New Vice President

Phuket, Thailand – Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort has appointed Mr. Edgar Toral Hernandez as Vice President, Business Development and Hotel Operations, reporting to Mr. Philipp von Graf Hardenberg, President and CEO. A 20-year veteran with wide experience in hospitality, outsource services, healthcare and integrated wellness industries, Mr. Toral will upkeep Thanyapura’s growth strategies across key core business divisions (Health & Wellness, Sports, Resort) and incorporate a new integrated vision on customer relations management.

“Edgar’s diverse background in the hospitality industry and the healthcare sector brings us more opportunities to fulfil changing demands of the health and wellness travel marketplace,” said Mr. Philipp von Graf Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort. “This marks a crucial point in our company’s history when the Thanyapura Sports Hotel and Thanyapura Integrative Health Centre started its operations. Edgar will optimise revenue in these respective areas and lead us to growth.”

Mr. Edgar Toral Hernandez as Vice President, Business Development and Hotel Operations

Mr. Toral initiated his Asian career working in various operational roles with Hilton International from 1994 to 2003. The various undertakings led him to grow into Director of Operations in first tier properties such as the Hilton Bangkok at Nai Lert Park and the Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka. His transition to healthcare was made in 2003 when he became the Division Director for Support Services and CRM (Hospitality) for Bumrungrad hospital in Bangkok. During his 5 year tenure Mr. Toral was appointed as CEO for Vitalife Co. Ltd a subsidiary division of Bumrungrad specialised in preventive and anti-ageing medicine. Subsequently, Mr. Toral worked for Sodexo Healthcare (Thailand) in the capacity of General Manager developing outsourcing support services solutions for the Bangkok Dusit Medical Group (BDMS) throughout the country. In 2010, Mr. Toral joined Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and his portfolio covered business and facilities development, Strategic Marketing. His latest undertakings led him to develop a multi storey wellness and medical facility “Mediplex” at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre campus and latest he became the pre-opening CEO of a 190 bed first international branded hospital in the Republic of the Maldives under a Management agreement with RSDH.

“I am inspired to enhance Thanyapura’s brand and lifestyle integrated services through innovative product development and customer centric solutions. Medical tourism will serve as a new platform to expand our network and contribute to Phuket’s distinctive environment,” said Mr. Edgar Toral Hernandez, Vice President of Business Development and Hotel Operations.

Mr. Toral completed a degree in Hotel and Tourism with Honours from Belgium’s ECSSAC Business School. He holds a Business Administration degree “E.S.” from Switzerland’s renowned hotel school of Geneva “Vieux Bois” with honours. Mr. Toral was born in Ecuador but holds a Belgium citizenship. He speaks four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian) and has worked and lived in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach gets active in local community with “Run To Give”

Phuket, Thailand, 24 September 2017 – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach has joined forces with its neighbor, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, to organize the “Run To Give” – a charitable event that forms part of Marriott International’s Take Care campaign.

The run, which took place on Sunday, 24th September 2017, was made even more significant this year as it featured well-known athletic stars including Elle Brooks, Thanyapura’s brand ambassador triathlete; Ekkarat Phanthip, head triathlon coach; and Marcela Soto, a nutritionist and Muay Thai boxing champion.

The aim of the event was to raise funds for charity, to reinforce Marriott International’s focus on developing community relations and enhancing its core values of putting people first.

“Not only is this event a first for us, as Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach only recently opened, but it also further underscores Marriott’s brand commitments as part of the Take Care campaign. We want to ensure that our operations and associates continue to drive positive sustainable social benefits within the local community,” said David Ippersiel, the resort’s General Manager.

Run to Give is actually a series of events organized in various communities in which Marriott International properties operate. Each event is unique to its location, and the funds raised from every run go towards local charities to ensure a maximum local impact.

Initiated by Marriott International in Phuket, this year’s “Run To Give” took part at 5:00am on Sunday morning at the Bang Wad Reservoir and Dam in Kathu, Phuket.

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run (5Km & 10 Km) on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October at Central Festival (2nd Floor, Bank Zone) from 11am – 8.30pm. First 100 entries, post on social media with hashtag #LPTCharityFunRun, get free gift! Registration also available online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com until 13 November.

LPT Charity Fun Run entry fee is THB 500 for 5Km and THB 650 for 10Km. Laguna Phuket will take THB 100 from your entry fee and give to Kao Project, a charity run by Mr. Athiwara Khongmalai (Khun Toon Bodyslam) to raise fund for hospitals in Thailand. Laguna Phuket will add another THB 100 on top of each entry to double the fund (THB 100 from entry fee + THB 100 from Laguna Phuket = THB 200 per one runner donated to Kao Project).

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place during 18-19 November; Saturday 18 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K & 10K) and Sunday 19 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon race day (Swim 1.8K, Bike 50K and Run 12 K.)

More info at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run

Phuket Ready to Host 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon This November

On 13 September, at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Norapat Plodthong at Phuket City Hall, the progress of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) organization, this year comprising an inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November and 24th annual LPT on Sunday 19 November, was previewed by government officials as well as members of the press.

The race, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”. Interested triathletes and fun runners are encouraged to register for both “24th LPT” and “1st LPT Charity Fun Run” on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October at Central Festival Phuket or online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

The enduring appeal and unique race distance of Laguna Phuket Triathlon attract entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide. Weeks leading to the race, once again, see athletes and visitors descend to Phuket island to train, practice on course and take interval rest to get ready for the race on Sunday 19 November which is expected to be exciting. With athlete’s followers and supporters also traveling to Phuket, the race is expected to generate more than 74 million baht spending in tourism segment for the island

“I am pleased that 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will once again attract athletes from around the world to Phuket Province,” said Prapa Hemmin, Event Director, represented Laguna Phuket at the press session, “We are expecting more than 1,200 athletes to join the race this year, plus another 1,000 to participate in the Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November. Registration opens for both events at www.lagunaphukettri.com until 13 November,” she concluded.

Like every year, Laguna Phuket will also be fundraising for Laguna Phuket Foundation during LPT. Athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s sports events are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes such as Community Learning Centre, Mobile Learning Centre, Seedlings Phuket Social-Enterprise Restaurant, Children First Fund and etc. Athletes can make donations via online event registration and at the donation booth at the event.

For more info, visit www.lagunaphukettri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri