Published: Tuesday, 08 November 2016

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Under Royal Patronage Dec 3-10 will once again be hosted at Kata Beach Resort & Spa in Thailand, one of six properties owned and managed by Kata Group.

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(Photos: King's Cup - President of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee Kevin Whitcraft welcomes resident of Kata Group Resorts Thailand Pramookpisitt Achariyachai (right), the Host Sponsor of the 30th Anniversary Phuket King’s Cup Regatta)

The resort is the long-established home of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta with a partnership that stretches back to 1998. With its beachfront location on one of Phuket's most scenic bays, Regatta participants and general tourists at large return year-after-year to enjoy this special home of the King’s Cup.

Kata Beach Resort and Spa serves as Race Control centre, media centre, and venue for the Opening Ceremony Dec 4 and Closing Award Ceremony Dec 10. The group also houses staff of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee and its support teams, as well as providing high-quality accommodation to sponsor representatives and VIP attendees. 

Kata Group Sponsors Phuket Kings Cup For 18 Years

(Guy Nowell - Phuket King's Cup 2016)

“Kata Group Resorts is proud to be supporting one of HM the late King Bhumibol of Thailand’s worthy causes, namely his dedication to the sport of sailing in Thailand,” says Kata Group Resorts Thailand President Pramookpisitt Achariyachai. “To host the regatta is an honour and I personally believe that Phuket has all the right ingredients for the Regatta to keep growing. Being a host sponsor of such a prestigious event can draw in crowds and interest on the global scale, helping promote Phuket as one of the top sailing destinations. It also serves to support the province’s policy in making Phuket a World Sports Paradise, as it attempts to attract notable sporting events such as golf, tennis and beach volleyball.”

“On behalf on the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organising Committee, we are delighted that Kata Group has decided to continue its sponsorship into its 18 consecutive year,” says Regatta’s Organising Committee President Kevin Whitcraft. “The resort really is part of our very own Heritage of Passion. Over the years, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta has been the arena for epic, close-quarter sailing action, whilst it also enjoys a reputation for its hospitality and a series of opening and closing ceremonies. Kata Group has an exceptional reputation for supporting tourism in Phuket, and has made a massive and ongoing contribution to Phuket becoming one of Asia’s leading sporting destinations.”

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The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will go ahead as planned with its 30th Anniversary this year. The regatta was inaugurated in 1987 to mark the 60th birthday of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and now continues to commemorate the Royal grace of HM the King, who for decades encouraged the promotion of sailing as a sport in Thailand. This year’s event serves to honour the memory of the late King, his life and his countless achievements in the name of his beloved country.

The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia’s biggest regatta, and has recently been awarded the prestigious 2016 Asia Boating Awards – Best Asian Regatta.

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On behalf of the Organising Committee, and the large fleet of sailors scheduled to take part in the event, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Under Royal Patronage commemorates the late King, his dedication to all Thai people, and particularly his skills, passion and contribution to the world of sailing.