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.

Sofitel Krabi has joined hands with the NAT Association Working towards a brighter future

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is proud to be help support the NAT Association, an inspirational local charity working towards a brighter future for underprivileged children in Thailand.

The NAT Association is a French charity which was founded in 2005 by Elisabeth and Jean-Claude Zana in loving memory of their daughter, Natacha Zana, who lost her life when the tsunami hit Phi Phi Island in 2004. The charity began by providing immediate help for the many children orphaned by the natural disaster. Its primary goal is to support poor children through education and it went on to establish the Natacha Primary School and Nursery in Ban Kuankojan, Krabi. Today, the schools employ one Thai Principal and nine Thai teachers who provide education for 120 young students. Thanks to generous donations, the NAT Association continues to ensure that Thai youngsters in need receive a good education and have the chance to fulfil their potential.

A leading luxury brand under AccorHotels, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has pledged to support PLANET 21, an exciting initiative which embraces 21 commitments in favour of sustainable development, health, nature, carbon reduction, innovation, local development, employment and dialogue for the wellbeing of our world. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility for local development, on 17th March,2017 at 18.30 Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is going to hold the performance Thai traditional dance show by school children at the Maya Garden also service beverage corner for guest who joined the show, All of benefit from the service will give to NAT Association for support children in need.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is renowned for its luxurious rooms and suites, gourmet restaurants, outstanding facilities, and gracious Thai hospitality. Set in a lush tropical garden with the largest free-form swimming pool in Asia, and a few steps from the beach, the resort is the perfect choice for talk-of-the-town weddings, banquets or events. Guests can also enjoy world-class facilities that include four restaurants serving Thai and international cuisines, a fully equipped fitness centre complete with steam room and sauna, a tranquil spa, an exclusive 9-hole golf course, and a Kids Club.

For further information about NAT Association and Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, please contact H6184-MK1@SOFITEL.COM

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Laguna Phuket launched its newest “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” earlier this year as a charity event with a mission of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” and children of Phuket as beneficiary. Scheduled to take place at the resort’s various scenic locations during Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March this year, the inaugural Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is a 3-day charity food festival with live music, entertainment and celebrity chef Audra Morrice and stars appearances. The Festival is aimed to heighten Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO, launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up to support Phuket orphanages, as well as to create yet another lifestyle destination event within Laguna Phuket resort complex in celebration of its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Ringing in the mood of festivities on 3 March, various Laguna Phuket’s resorts will whip up sumptuous music & pop-up dinners.

On 4 March, the Festival held at Canal Village from 11am – 8pm by the tranquil lagoons will feature ‘live’ culinary demonstrations by Australia reality cooking competition MasterChef Asia Judge Chef Audra Morrice, pop-up concept food booths serving tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine, food truck and dining garden accompanied by vibrant professional musical performances including bands’ performances by aspiring youths. The entry is free, and everyone invited.

The Festival’s star-studded Charity Gala Dinner with auctions will be held on 4 March at the resort’s grand Latitude Marquee with celebrity stars’ appearance such as Fivera, Jazziam, Black ‘n’ Blue, Gam, Dome, etc., priced at THB 3,000 per person or THB 28,000 for a table of ten. The Laguna Phuket Charity Super Sunday Brunch on 5 March will take place at the contemporary XANA Beach Club, priced at THB 1,950 nett per person and THB 2,900 nett per person with free-flow beverages.

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans A Charity 3-Day Food & Music Festival to Raise Funds for “Children First Funds”
Salmon “Lo Hei” (sashimi salad), one of the dishes created by Chef Audra for Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017.

The Festival is also planned as a platform to launch and raise funds for “Children First Fund” specially set up in conjunction with Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary this year with an objective of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” to support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages.

Proceeds from the Festival together with Laguna Phuket contribution will go to “Children First Fund” and monthly contribution of food and necessities will be given to Children First Fund’s program partners – the 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 orphans and underprivileged children.

Laguna Phuket expects that the fund raised from the Festival will fruitfully support the nutrition of needy children in Phuket orphanages for at least one full year.

The resort also hopes that its newly launched ‘Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’ will become another permanent installation on Phuket tourism’s calendar” like its famous annual marathon and triathlon events.

For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival, call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404 or email: ticket@lagunaphuket.com and follow us on Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts
Mr. Kritsanat Udomphakphiphat, Deputy General Manager (far left); Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Director of Marketing and Corporate Events (2nd from left); Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President (2nd from right) and Mr. Teerawut Totarat, Director of Tours (for right), all represented Laguna Phuket in presenting 3,000 sets of flood survival kits to Dr. Chockchai Dejamornthan, Governor of Phuket, joining the Province’s flood relief efforts in the South.

On Friday 20 January, Laguna Phuket management representatives presented survival kits worth a total of 180,000 Baht to the Phuket Governor, Dr. Chockchai Dejamornthan.
Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts
Earlier this month, Laguna Phuket associates came together and packed the 3,000 kits to be given to the flood-affected residents across southern Thailand.

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts

Laguna Phuket Joins Phuket Province in Flood Relief Efforts
Laguna Phuket has also provided survival kits to four local emergency centres in Thalang district.
Laguna Phuket Received Triple Nod at 2016 AMCHAM CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition

On 22 November 2016, Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC (Laguna Phuket) was awarded 3 prestigious recognitions; ACE Recognition, Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Designation and Winner of the U.S. Ambassador’s Award, at the 2016 AMCHAM CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Thailand in appreciation of the resort’s long-term contribution in CSR and community development.

Laguna Phuket Received Triple Nod at 2016 AMCHAM CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition Highlighting the Resort’s long-term contribution in CSR and community development

Laguna Phuket Received Triple Nod at 2016 AMCHAM CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition Highlighting the Resort’s long-term contribution in CSR and community development

Laguna Phuket Received Triple Nod at 2016 AMCHAM CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition Highlighting the Resort’s long-term contribution in CSR and community development

AMCHAM’s ACE Recognition is honouring member organizations that create long term economic and social benefits in their communities. Laguna Phuket was awarded the ACE recognition in 2015 for its Seedlings Internship Program for marginalized local young adults, and ACE 2016 for its Greening Community Initiative that resulted in 25,000 mangrove saplings planted by the resort, participated by more than 1,000 associates and 450 community members, over the course of 10 years.

Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership Designation, is awarded to qualifying member companies. Laguna Phuket is one of the final 62 qualifying members who were appointed partnership from more than 1,000 corporate members.

The U.S. Ambassador’s Award is a special and additional award created this year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of AMCHAM Thailand. The top three finalists were IBM, Dow and Laguna Phuket. Laguna Phuket pitched for the Award with its Seedlings Internship Program which showcases the resort’s policy and view on the Inclusion of LGBTQ and Equality.

Amari and Chulalongkorn University raise awareness on e-waste disposal

Bangkok, Thailand, 26 November 2016 – Amari representatives led by Mr. David Cumming (third from right), Vice President & Area General Manager, Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group, hand over e-waste products collected from hotel staff and their families to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sutha Khaodhiar (third from left), Director of Chulalongkorn University’s Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management (HSM), as part of the “Amari & Chula Love Earth” Campaign.  All of the e-waste collected will be professionally managed by TES-AMM Thailand, a specialistin technology deployment, recovery, remarketing,and recycling.

A joint campaign between Amari hotels and resorts across Thailand and Chulalongkorn University’s Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, “Amari & Chula Love Earth” aims atraising public awareness on the importance of proper disposal and recycling of electronic waste such as old digital cameras, notebooks, mobile phones, batteries and chargers.

The campaign also includes educational sessions in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Samui, Krabi and Phuket by HSM for hotel staff, on the detrimental impact to human health and the environmentresulting from improper disposal and handling of e-waste.

Photo (From left – right)
1. Mr. Luc Scholte Van Mast, Managing Director, TES-AMM (Thailand) Company Limited
2. Asst. Prof Dr Manaskorn Rachakornkij, Director of Research and Academic Services, Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, Chulalongkorn University
3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sutha Khaodhiar, Director of the Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management, Chulalongkorn University
4. Mr. David Cumming, Vice President & Area General Manager, Bangkok, ONYX Hospitality Group
5. Ms. Lisa Thomas, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, ONYX Hospitality Group
6. Ms. Latiporn Tongkhunna, Executive Assistant Manager, Amari Watergate Bangkok