Celebrating its 30-year milestone throughout 2017, Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” has launched a resort-wide “30 years, 30% discount” campaign which offers 30% off regular prices on rooms and leisure activities at the resort from now to until 31 August. The benefits extend right across Laguna Phuket’s 7 deluxe resorts; Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, world-renown Banyan Tree Spa and Angsana Spas, award-winning 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, selected excursions by Laguna Tours, Canal Shopping Villages and Banyan Tree Gallery and Angsana Galleries. Valid now to until 31 August 2017. Guests are requested to refer to the booking code “LP30Anni” to enjoy the discount*
The newly launched “30 years, 30% discount” promotion joins Laguna Phuket’s ongoing “Summer Family Promotion” which is a treasure trove of fun and games for kids and cost-saving benefits for parents.
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With paramount success of 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon (LPM) which took place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017, the 2018 edition of this internationally-recognised and Southeast Asia’s leading destination marathon race has been officially announced to once again take place at Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket.
Monday 5 June, Laguna Phuket visited Phuket Panyanukul School for children with disabilities and presented donation raised from “Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016” which was cancelled in August 2016 due to unsettling incidents in the Southern provinces of Thailand a day before the scheduled concert date.
Beds and bedding sets were donated for Phuket Panyaunkul School to use in “Phuket Panyanukul Hotel” Vocational Skills Development Programme. With objectives to provide training in hotel room preparation and equip the school’s children with knowledge and skills in hospitality, the Programme will expand the students’ career opportunity in Phuket and other tourism destinations after graduation.
Laguna Phuket has supported the School since 2007, then donated a whopping 1.5 million baht to support the construction of skill development playground, an infrastructure required to improve the students’ learning ability. In 2015, a charity concert “Laguna Phuket presents Bodyslam” raised total donation of 110,000 baht to the School.
Today’s activity follows Laguna Phuket’s series of announcement after Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016’s event cancellation in August 2016 which stated money left from purchased tickets refund will go to Phuket Panyanukul School. The total amount of 510,800 baht was raised and will be managed by a fund specially set up for long-term charitable partnership between Laguna Phuket and the School. The donation of the beds and bedding sets marks the official start of the long-term support.
“We are here today representing Laguna Phuket and all the associates who believe in sustainable community development, the goal achievable only with sufficient educational opportunities given to the young members of our communities at all learning abilities,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket,
“Wonderful schools like Phuket Panyanukul are our society’s way of giving these children a place to thrive upon and, with caring teachers and staffs, a place to call home,” he added,
“Laguna Phuket is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year in the theme “Make Laguna Phuket Your Home” with new great events and newly set up ‘Children First Fund’ to extend our community services, making it extra special for us to start the long-term partnership with Phuket Panyanukaul School this year,” he concluded.
Much to the school’s astonishment, Thailand’s number one rock star and Bodyslam rock band’s vocalist “Khun Toon” made his surprise appearance to interact with the school children, and also added 50,000 baht cash donation from his pocket to the School.
“I am very glad to be here today and meet everyone,” said Khun Toon, “Thanks to Laguna Phuket for organising this activity and to the school for taking good care of the children. Together, I believe, we can all help them achieve their goals and become valuable resources in developing our country.”
For more information about sustainable community development programmes by Laguna Phuket or to make contribution, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR or contact +66 (0) 76 362 315, email CSR@lagunaphuket.com and/or follow Facebook page @LagunaPhuketCSR
PHUKET, Thailand – More than 4,000 runners lined-up this morning to run the Marathon and Half Marathon distances at the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon. With a record turnout of almost 7,000 runners over the two day event, the Marathon and Half Marathon have proved the most popular and with more than 1,600 in the Marathon distance alone, it’s the largest field of Marathon runners ever at the Laguna Phuket Marathon.
Flagged off at 04:00, Marathon runners enjoyed the beautiful course and quiet lanes in the North of Phuket, the rolling hills, Sirinat National Park and running along Bang Tao beachfront and finally running through the grounds of Laguna Phuket to finish at Laguna Grove.
In the lead group early on was Thai ultra-distance specialist Sanya Khanchai who, after a seventh place finish in the 10.5km yesterday stepped up to his favoured Marathon distance today, but it was Japanese runner Nakajima Hiroki who stole an early lead and at the 10.5km split was more than 12 minutes ahead of the second placer.
Nakajima went on to extend his lead further and finish in a time of 02:34:57.6, beating last year’s winning time by almost three minutes, and more than 30 minutes ahead of second place finisher David Escolar Ballesteros (ESP). Cheng-Ya Sha (TWN) finished third. After a slow start Spanish athlete Zigor Iturrieta finished hard in fourth, just 50 seconds off the podium.
In the female race the early leader was Sabine Egger-Weickhardt (AUS) but as the temperatures soared Japanese long-distance specialist Inoue Tomomi reigned her in and was the runaway winner in a time of 03:10:34.6. Ana Ferreira (PRT), a full 20 minutes back, finished second ahead of Martyna Jakobczyk (POL) who finished in a time of 03:38:19.6
In the Half Marathon, yesterday’s 5km winner Rattakarn Lamanee (and last year’s 10.5km winner) stepped up and was amongst the early leaders but it was fellow Thai runner Danchai Pumkong who lead to the half way point and went on to extend his lead and run out the win in a time of 01:19:37.6. Danchai also finished second in yesterday’s 10.5km and won the Marathon at Laguna Phuket Marathon in 2012.
Picking up his pace in the second half of the race, Rattakarn came through for second ahead of Thirapong Yongthio (who finished second behind Rattakarn in yesterday’s 5km), making it a Thai 1, 2, 3.
Elsewhere in the Half Marathon race, Paralympic marathon champion and world-record holder, Mr Eitan Hermon from Israel placed sixth in the highly competitive 40-49 age group, and finished 13 overall.
In the female field, Phuket-based triathlete Elle Brookes from Australia did the early running but Sukanya Srisawad (THA) and Patteera Ruengjai (THA) kept her in their sights. However, Sukanya fell off the pace later in the race and fellow Thai Benjamas Phujit came through to take third in a time of 01:45:53:2, just nine seconds ahead of British athlete Annie Pedroni.
Celebrating a sixth consecutive participant record, close to 7,000 runners took part in the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon which is sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.
Top three overall results in all distances: Marathon (Male)
Nakajima Hiroki (JPN), 02:34:57.6.
David Escolar Ballesteros (ESP), 03:05:16.6
Cheng-Ya Sha (TWN), 03:09:03.5
The inaugural Singha Phuket Open, Phuket’s first professional golf tournament co-sanctioned by Asian Development Tour (ADT) and All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT), climaxed on Sunday 28 May 2017 at Laguna Golf Phuket.
The event, sponsored by Singha Corporation and organised by Sports Management Group (SMG), saw over 300 top male and female international professional players. Vying for over 2 million Baht prize fund, players competed at the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket course and were welcomed by enthusiastic spectators from around Phuket.
23-year-old Thai talent “Tap” Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol was crowned the Men’s Professional Champion (-27), bagging 300,000 Baht first prize and his second professional win this year. “Thanks to Singha Corporation for supporting the All Thailand Golf Tour. Also thanks to the host Laguna Golf Phuket, despite the rain falling every day, I was very impressed with the conditions of the golf course and the great facilities this week,” said Chanachok.
Laguna Golf Phuket member – 16-year-old “First” Kittiphong Phaichuncharoensu was honoured as the Amateur Champion (-6) and received an invitation to play Queens Cup on the Asian Tour in two weeks’ time.
Another young Laguna Golf Phuket member “Golf” Pawat Prachoomsrisakul produced the “shot of the tournament” with a fabulous Hole-In-One during his third round on Saturday.
The event also witnessed a magnificent final round 59 (-11) by Sutijet Kooratanapisan on Sunday, enabling him to climb the leaderboard and finish in 3rd place.
All Tournament Champions received an exclusive “Stay & Play” package worth over 90,000 Baht sponsored by Banyan Tree Phuket, Laguna Golf Phuket and Banyan Tree Spa, in addition to the trophy and prize money.
Live coverage during the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday was broadcast by True Visions around Thailand to over 2 million households, with recorded highlights shown across Asia via television and social media.
Mr Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Phuket AVP/Group Golf Director enthused, “As a part of Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary year-long celebration, we are very honoured to be host venue for this high-profile international golf tournament. Despite the unsettled weather conditions, our golf course provided a wonderful stage for these top international golfers. All Thailand Golf Tour shares our philosophy of developing golfers in Thailand, it was particularly heartening for me to see some of our homegrown players competing well this week.”
Laguna Golf Phuket’s next golf event will be the 2nd Phuket Hospitality Charity Challenge on Friday 23 June 2017, aimed at welcoming golfing hospitality professionals while raising funds for local charity.
On Friday 19 May, Laguna Phuket marked 11th year of its Greening Community initiative by planting 2,000 trees; 1,000 mangrove saplings at Baan Thala Village in Paklog, a sub-district in Thalang area of Phuket, and 1,000 eggplant trees at the nearby Phuket Elderly Home.
This year, 200 associates from Laguna Phuket, led by Managing Director Mr. Ravi Chandran, teamed up with 50 community members and students in this fun-filled and meaningful activity. In addition to tree planting, the resort also organized a community service activity by hosting lunch and bringing lots of joy to 71 elders at Phuket Elderly Home.
Supported by the initiative’s strategic partners such as Marine and Coastal Preserving Group (Paklog), Mangrove Station 23 (Phuket) and Paklog Municipality, this 11th edition of Laguna Phuket’s annual tree planting event is a part of its initiative that aims to raise awareness of global warming and help build greener communities.
To date, Laguna Phuket has planted nearly 30,000 trees in Phuket and neighboring provinces, with more than 1,200 associates and 600 community members participated over the years.
The annual activity is one of many initiatives set up by Laguna Phuket to support its wider strategic goal on environment preservation according to Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF)’s worldwide guideline for each property within the group to plant at least 2,000 trees in respective community each year.
Phuket Province and Laguna Golf Phuket golf course have been selected as the premier venues to host All Thailand Golf Tour 2017’s “Singha Phuket Open 2017” – a newly-launched professional golf competition organised by Sports Management Group (SMG) with Singha Corporation as the founding sponsor.
Recently (on Thursday, 27 April 2017), Laguna Phuket’s Children First Fund (CFF) has launched its first sustenance and nutritional necessity delivery to support 7 Phuket-based orphanages, housing more than 400 children (as of April 2017.) The activity was made possible by funds raised at Laguna Phuket’s inaugural Charity Food & Music Festival event which was held at the Asia’s premier destination resort earlier this year (in March) to kick-start its 30th anniversary celebrations. CFF’s sustenance delivery will be organised on a monthly basis throughout this year.
With the objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams”, Laguna Phuket’s Children First Fund (CFF) was also specially set up this year in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary to provide nutrition support to orphanages in Phuket.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the generous donors, Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’s sponsors and CFF partners who had helped CFF achieved its goal to build upon and extend the community services that Laguna provides in the area of education, a core aspect of Laguna sustainability focus,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket,
“Partnering with 7 orphanages in Phuket, the CFF complements Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, the Community Learning Center and the Mobile Learning Center by empowering the future generations and expanding our reach to this special group of underprivileged children under the care of our partners” he concluded.
Part proceeds of Laguna Phuket’s key year-long events together with Laguna Phuket contribution will be contributed to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages through the work of CFF.
40 young sea turtles were released into the waters of the Andaman Sea to begin their lifetime ocean odysseys at Laguna Phuket’s 23rd annual sea turtle release on Sunday, 2 April on Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) beachfront.
The PGA has reached an agreement with Laguna Golf Phuket, Thailand, to brand its new state-of-the-art golf academy. The new Laguna Golf Academy, Phuket, will become part of the PGA family of branded facilities joining a group that includes The Belfry in England and Gleneagles in Scotland. The new PGA academy will be the Association’s first in Southeast Asia based in Thailand, and one of the 11 PGA-branded facilities around the world. It complements the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket’s 18-hole par 71 golf course, extensive practice and coaching facilities.
The new purpose-built Laguna Golf Academy Phuket was launched in 2016, one year after the golf course was fully redesigned, firstly winning ‘Best Renovated Golf Course in Asia’ at the Asian Golf Awards 2015. More recently it has been named ‘Thailand’s Best Golf Course’ back-to-back at the World Golf Awards 2015 and 2016.
Laguna Phuket is Thailand’s first fully integrated destination resort that, besides top-class golf facilities, comprises luxurious hotels, villas, spas and restaurants such as Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket. Laguna Golf also boasts six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo as an official brand ambassador.
More than 30 PGA Professionals are employed in Thailand, including Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President and Group Golf Director.
He said: “We are thrilled to become part of The PGA family and enhance our new Laguna Golf Academy Phuket with this PGA branding.
“We have made considerable investment in the overall golfing facilities in Laguna Phuket over the last few years. Since reopening our 18-hole golf course in January 2015, we have received wonderful feedback and won several industry awards.
“One of our key business objectives has been to enhance golf instruction within Laguna Golf. Developing this new relationship with The PGA will enable us to offer the very best in service standards and golf instruction techniques to our members and guests.”
Robert Maxfield, the Association’s deputy chief executive, added: “The PGA is delighted to announce the start of a new relationship with Laguna Phuket.
“The exceptional golf facilities that now form The PGA academy provide an integral part of a high-class international resort of a quality that is synonymous with The PGA brand and our Members.”
As part of the ongoing relationship, the Laguna Phuket resort will host the first overseas PGA Members’ event.
This will take place from the 5-8 November 2017 and The PGA who is based at The Belfry will seek to engage the 1,500 PGA Members currently operating in 81 overseas countries, offering them an educational opportunity and an ability to network and share their experiences.
1. Announcement dated September 28, 2016 re cancellation of the concert in 2016.
2. Announcement dated December 13, 2016 re cancellation of the plan to organize the concert in 2017.
Reference is made to the results of the above announcements from which many ticket buyers had requested for refund and/or placed donation for Phuket Punyanukul School by the given deadline, January 10, 2017. Laguna Phuket has completely processed the requests, given back the refunds and recorded the donations accordingly.
Further review of all ticket record shows that there are still a number of purchased tickets whose buyers has yet to contact us or submit any request.
Thus, we are issuing this final announcement to inform those who wishes to get ticket refund, please do so by send via post:
1. The ticket(s)
2. A copy of your ID/passport
3. Your bank account information (for bank transfer)
4. Your contact information (email address and mobile phone)
Deadline for ticket refund is by Monday 1 May 2017
Laguna Phuket will still make donation to Phuket Punyanukul School for students’ canteen restoration and improvement as planned. Money from ticket sale that are not refunded by the above deadline will go to Phuket Punyanukul School.
For more information, please call +66 (0) 76 362 300 ext. 1404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Laguna Phuket wishes to express our sincere gratitude for your kind support to all of our charitable activities. Please accept our apologies for inconveniences caused.
PHUKET, Thailand – The world-famous Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to celebrate its 12th year with a record turnout of more than 7,000 runners from over 40 countries. Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the Laguna Phuket Marathon is held from sunset to sunrise over two days – 3rd and 4th June, 2017 – and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.
The leading destination marathon in South East Asia, and Phuket’s largest sports event, runners will compete across five distances – 2km Kids Run, 5km Run, 10.5km Run, Half Marathon (21.097km) and Marathon (42.195km) – with almost 2,000 people already signed up for the iconic marathon distance.
Joining a team of Event Ambassadors throughout Asia, Patcharasri “Kalamare” Benjamas has been appointed as Thailand Ambassador to encourage more people to run through the #MyFirstTime campaign. Using the hashtag on social media, runners can share their new experiences with the community and inspire more people to enjoy the health benefits of running. Kalamare will be running #MyFirstTime at Laguna Phuket Marathon in June.
“We are on track for a record turnout this year – registrations are already high and we expect more than 7,000 runners to take part. In addition to a strong domestic turnout, we will be welcoming more international runners than ever before. The attraction of Phuket, the beautiful course and facilities of Laguna Phuket make the event a true destination marathon,” said Mr. Roman Floesser, General Manager of the event’s organiser, Go Adventure Asia.
With Phuket as a drawcard, more than 60% of participants fly in specifically for the event and take advantage of Laguna Phuket’s facilities and beachfront location, to enjoy an extended holiday on the island.
“Laguna Phuket Marathon has been a pivotal destination event since the very beginning. It is in line with our own vision and philosophy to promote a positive healthy lifestyle, working with the local community and to develop long-term sustainable benefits for everyone. It is a platform to raise awareness and funds for charitable causes and projects operated by “Laguna Phuket Foundation”, and this year we will launch our “Children First Fund” to support more than 400 orphans in 7 orphanages in Phuket,” commented Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket.
“Phuket is one of the MICE city that has a well-developed economy and infrastructure, and is capable of hosting incentives and business meetings, as well as international festivals and mega events. Laguna Phuket Marathon has grown continuously over the years and is an excellent showcase of the city’s facilities and capability to host large-scale events which attracts thousands of international visitors to the city each year,” said Ms. Jaruwan Suwannasat, Director, Exhibition and Event, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
“Laguna Phuket Marathon is unique. The two day format allows more people to take part while ensuring a quality experience, and entire families can come and take part in Phuket’s largest sports event while enjoying a holiday at the same time. The event is an important revenue generator for Phuket during the island’s Green Season,” added Floesser.