The 8th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Release Ceremony on Songkran Day At JW Marriott Phuket

17 April 2017 Phuket, Thailand – The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners organized the 8th annual Mai Khao Marine Turtle Release Ceremony on Songkran day, April 13. With five hundred hotel’s guests, Phuket residents, tourists and provincial dignitaries gathered at Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s beachfront and were welcomed by General Manager of the hotel, Mr. Oriol Montal.

The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation organized The 8th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Release Ceremony on Songkran Day At JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Assuring Mai Khao’s Ecological Future
(group photo from left to right position), (1st) Police Lieutenant General Nikorn Chuthong, (2nd) Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of Phuket Marine Biological Center, (3rd ) Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, (4th ) Captain Suthisak Cheumuangpak, Director of Department of Civil Affairs, 3rd Naval Area Command, (5th ) Mrs. Sivaporn Chuasawas, Vice Governor of Phuket, (6th ) Acting Sub Lt. Vigrom Charktee, Thalang Sheriff, (7th Mrs. Juttarat Ninlahut, , Assistant Director of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket office, (8th ) Mr. Olin Maliwan, Sub-district Headman, T. Mai Khao, (9th ) Mr. Vitoon Dechpramualpol, Intendent of Sirinart National Park
The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation organized The 8th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Release Ceremony on Songkran Day At JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Assuring Mai Khao’s Ecological Future
Mr. Oriol Montal (2nd right), the General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and alongside with Mr. Kitipun Subkoon (1st right), the Manager of Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation made an annual donation to the The Phuket Marine Biological Center, represented by Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong (1st left), Director of (PMBC). This fund will be used to support the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program
The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation organized The 8th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Release Ceremony on Songkran Day At JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Assuring Mai Khao’s Ecological Future
Songkran Festival Celebration – The Rod Nam Dum Hua Ritual on Songkran day also known as the National Elderly day: Miss Minelli De Kretser (right), Director of Group & MICE Sales (right), was pouring fragrant water into Mr. Oriol Montal (left), General Manager’s palms as a gesture of humility and got for his blessings.

The ceremony, presided over by Vice Governor of Phuket Sivaporn Chuasawas alongside with guests of honour among Acting Sub Lieutenant Vigrom Charktee, Thalang Sheriff; Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of Phuket Marine Biological Center; Captain Suthisak Cheu-Muang-Pak, Director of Department of Civil Affairs, 3rd Naval Area Command; Mr. Vitoon Dechpramualpol, Intendent of Sirinart National Park; Mrs. Juttarat Ninlahut, Asst. Director of The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket Office.

“This is a fantastic day and phenomenal way to begin the Thai New Year by releasing 53 new batches of rehabilitated green turtles into the Andaman Sea and It’s become our traditional event during Songkran Festival by now. Sea Turtles represent longevity in Thai culture and releasing animals to nature is believed to bring good luck to the participants. The hotel guests were delighted as this is distinctive experience of their Phuket holiday” said, Mr. Oriol Montal, General Manager.

All monies have raised through donations during the event, it went towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.
Furthermore, the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation also organized the exclusive Turtle release programs on April 15 and 16 from 9 am – 10 am together with IUCN once again this year. The event was supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Center, The Royal Thai Navy, Department of Marine & Coastal Resources and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

For more information about the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, please contact Mr. Sean Panton, Co-Chairman & Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marriott Thailand Business Council, email sean.panton@marriotthotels.com or Khun Kittipan, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Manager, via email info@maikhaoturtlefoundation.org or call 076 338 000 ext. 3383

Phuket Gala Dinner Fundraiser ‘A Magical Island Event’ gives back to the community

Phuket Gala Dinner Fundraser 'A Magical Island Event' gives back to the community with 20 local tourism training opportunities Live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences anticipated to raise the THB3.5 million needed to fund hospitality scholarship and community training programmes in Phuket.

PHUKET, THAILAND: The Phuket Hotels Association, a nonprofit organization of hoteliers focused on promoting a positive image for Phuket, as well as being involved with community-based projects, is investing in local skills with a benefit event to fund 20 hospitality scholarships and traineeships for local residents.

The gala dinner, A Magical Island Event, is expected to welcome up to 400 guests to a spectacular evening of cocktails, dining, entertainment, and a live/silent auction on Saturday, 13th May 2017 at the Latitude Marquee, Laguna from 7pm until midnight. Dinner and drinks tickets start at THB3,900 net with parties-of-10 discounts available.

The event will showcase some of the best prizes ever donated for a fundraiser on Phuket, as the hotel association members have come up with some incredible experiences both in Thailand and with their affiliated hotels worldwide.

Just some of the top prizes to date include seven nights on a fully crewed and serviced 77 ft. luxury sailing yacht provided by The Village, Coconut Island Phuket; three-night stays at a total of six Outrigger Hotels in Phuket, Koh Samui, Fiji, Mauritius, two in the Maldives; and three nights at the legendary The Savoy – London, provided by AccorHotels.

With a fundraising target of THB3.5 million, proceeds from the Royal Siam themed exclusive benefit dinner will support the education of 20 hospitality scholars and trainees from Phuket, who would otherwise be unable to fund their training. Programmes will range from one month to up to four years and cover vocational and degree courses as well as overseas learning; helping to pave the way for some of Phuket’s future generation of young management, chefs, and hospitality staff.

According to Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association, businesses in Phuket that donate can also benefit from the fundraiser. “By donating to a good cause and sponsoring this event, companies will support the community and can raise their profile and marketing presence in Phuket within the powerful travel and tourism industry.”

A Magical Island Event opens with welcome cocktails on the lawn while live musicians interact with guests. This will be followed by a sit-down international buffet dinner with live cooking stations featuring some of the top chefs from Phuket’s best hotels, accompanied by the Island’s most creative mixologists. Guest MCs brought in to keep the event flowing include Australian polyglot, Stuart Jay Raj, plus owner and editor of renowned hospitality industry portal hotelintel.co, Wimintra Jangnin.

The highlight of the night’s live music performances is Marcus Collins, X Factor 2011 star from the UK, who will be flying in to support the event, plus Phuket’s hottest DJ Benjamin Jenkins (Ben J) wrapping up the night. Entertainment is arranged courtesy of Phuket-based Legend Music’s Gary and Debbie Crause. Inspired Event Travel Asia / Creative Concept CCAV’s James Drysdale is the events’ major sponsor, handling the event management and supplying the decoration, lighting, and sound.

The Phuket Hotels Association has 55 member hotels with a shared goal of promoting the spectacular biodiversity, culture, and beauty of Phuket as a vacation island destination. This is achieved through educational scholarships, environmental initiatives and local community & tourism development programs.

A Magical Island Event Fundraiser Tickets
THB 3,900 net (inclusive of food and selected free-flow wines)
THB 4,900 net (VIP premium seating inclusive of food and free-flow champagne)
*10% discount on table bookings for 10 people

Phuket Pride Festival 2017 Celebration “BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY”

Phuket, 11 April 2017 – “Phuket Pride” is one of the biggest annual festivals on Phuket Island. In 2017, the festival will be held from 24 to 30 April with the theme, “Be Strong, Be Healthy, Be Happy”. This will be a pride week for Phuket’s LGBT communities and attract LGBT people from around the world for a celebration.

During this week, the Phuket Loves You club will provide many activities, such as volleyball, mini-golf, a gay day-out cruise, a pride dinner extravaganza, which includes a grand charity auction, the Stargazer contest, Phuket pride’s big event featuring top DJs, a cabaret show, and the Mr. Phuket Pride 2017 contest. A highlight activity will be held on 30 April, when all parading LGBTs will be in fancy dress and have a street party at Soi Paradise in Patong Town from 18:00 until late at night.

Phuket Pride Festival 2017 Celebration “BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY”
Amari Phuket – Superior Ocean View Room
Phuket Pride Festival 2017 Celebration “BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY”
Amari Phuket – Rim Talay Pool
Phuket Pride Festival 2017 Celebration “BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY”
Amari Phuket – Samutr Bar

Amari Phuket takes advantage of its convenient location by offering the Phuket Super Saver package to those guests who would like take part in the festival. The package has a starting price of 17,933 THB+++ for a four-day and three-night stay in a Superior Ocean Facing Room with a daily buffet breakfast included. There are other benefits such as:

  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Thai set menu dinner at Rim Talay Restaurant
  • 10% discount at all restaurants
  • 20% discount on all treatments at Breeze Spa
  • 20% discount on laundry service
  • Complimentary late check-out until 16:00
  • 10% discount for each night’s extended stay

The package is now available for booking. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information about room reservations
Please contact: +66 (0) 7634 0106-14 ext. 8033 and 8034,
Email: reservations.phuket@amari.com or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmariPhuket
or visit www.amari.com/phuket

For more information on Phuket Pride 2017
Visit: www.phuket-pride.org
Address: Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150

8th Mai Khao Turtle Release Ceremony Takes Place on Songkran Day At JW Marriott Phuket

Phuket, Thailand – April 7, 2017 The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, in collaboration with The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners, will be hosting the 8th annual Mai Khao Turtle Release, which is scheduled during the Songkran Festival on April 13, from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm. The Thalang District Chief, Acting Sub Lt. Vigrom Wati and representatives from its business partners will be a guest of honour and be part of this Thai New Year celebration.

Furthermore, the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation also has organized the exclusive Turtle release programs on April 15 and 16 from 9 am – 10 am together with IUCN for this year. The event is supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Taking place on the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s beachfront, the 8th Mai Khao Turtle Release will see 65 new batch of rehabilitated green turtles introduced their natural life in the Andaman Sea, where they belong. Sea turtles represent longevity in Thai culture and releasing animals to nature is believed to bring good luck to the participant.

Phuket residents and hotel guests are invited to join what promises to be a fun, family-oriented and inspirational experience. In doing so they will be helping to protect the area’s endangered turtle population.

Every THB 5,000 raised through donations and additional money raised during the event will go towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

For more information about the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, please contact Mr. Sean Panton, Co-Chairman & Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marriott Thailand Business Council, email sean.panton@marriotthotels.com or Khun Kittipan, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Manager, via email info@maikhaoturtlefoundation.com or call 076 338 000 ext. 3383

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT  “Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert”

Reference:
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)

To Charity Concert
390/1 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay,
Thalang, Phuket 83110

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 ticket@lagunaphuket.com

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.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Goes Dark To Shine A Light on Climate Action

-Hotel supports worldwide Earth Hour Movement for the Environment-

March 27, 2017 Phuket, Thailand: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s goes dark to shine a light on climate action with earth Hour 2017. The hotel join millions around the world in turning off lights for one hour on last Saturday, March 25 at 8.30 – 9.30 pm local time to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action. The annual global environmental awareness event was created and instituted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 to emphasize the threat of climate change.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Goes Dark To Shine A Light on Climate Action -Hotel supports worldwide Earth Hour Movement for the Environment-
Mr. Oriol Montal (right), General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa release a Marine Turtle ‘Lucky’ back to the Ocean on this special occasion ‘The Earth Hour’ event
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Goes Dark To Shine A Light on Climate Action -Hotel supports worldwide Earth Hour Movement for the Environment-
The resort turned off exterior signage lighting and non-essential interior lighting area during 8.30 – 9.30 pm on March 25
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Goes Dark To Shine A Light on Climate Action -Hotel supports worldwide Earth Hour Movement for the Environment-
Green Cocktail promotion on Earth Hour Day

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is participating by releasing a marine turtle ‘Lucky’ back to the sea, turned off exterior signage lighting, dimmed non-essential interior lighting; used the candlelight in appropriate public areas, our hotel guests were participated the campaign by swift off the light in their room and joined our ‘Green Cocktail’ at the Sala Sawasdee Lobby bar.
By demonstrating these efforts on social media, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa were participating in Marriott International’s drive to raise funds for WWF, where US $ 1 donated for each Marriott property that tweets their Earth Hour activities.

“It’s a privilege for us to support such a powerful movement with such a simple gesture,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President of Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, “Earth Hour reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round that we all must do our part and together we can make a big difference. Climate change affects everyone and it also has an impact on the continued success of our business”.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is located at 231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket, tel: +66 076 338 000.
Online: www.jwmarriottphuketresort.com, Twitter @JWMarriottHKT.

Lights Off for Earth Hour at Sofitel Krabi

Krabi, March, 2017 – At 8.30pm Saturday 25th March 2017, Sofitel Krabi Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort joined millions of people around the world and switched off their lights for one hour in a collective commitment to take positive action for the planet.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global annual event where hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to send a powerful message about environmental awareness and caring for the planet.

Sofitel Krabi Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort invited guests to join us in taking part in the important global event. Guests were asked to switch off the non-essential lighting in their rooms. They also joined a candlelit event at our Spa Garden where they enjoyed live entertainment and a special happy hour “Green Planet” cocktail.

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa goes dark to shine a light on climate action

PHUKET, March 27, 2017 – Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa went dark to shine a light on climate action with Earth Hour 2017. The hotel joined millions around the world in turning off lights for one hour on March 25 at 8.30 pm. local time to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action. The annual global environmental awareness event was created and instituted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 to emphasize the threat of climate change.

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa took part by dimming and turning off non-essential interior lighting, using candlelight for all tables in restaurants and inviting the guests to light the candles at daybed area.

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa also entertained the guests during the Earth Hour with acoustic live band and served pass around green drink as complimentary at Sand Box restaurant from 8.30 – 9.90 pm. By demonstrating these efforts on social media, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa will be participating in Marriott International’s drive to raise funds for WWF, where US $1 will be donated for each Marriott property that tweets their Earth Hour activities.

“It’s a privilege for us to support such a powerful movement with such a simple gesture,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President of Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, “Earth Hour reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round that we all must do our part and together we can make a big difference. Climate change affects everyone and it also has an impact on the continued success of our business.”

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa is located at 555 Moo 3, Mai Khao Beach, Talang, Phuket 83110.
Online: www.renaissancephuket.com, @renphuket

Thousands to “Run Paradise” at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon

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.

Thousands to “Run Paradise” at 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon South East Asia's leading destination marathon to take place 3rd and 4th June, 2017

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.