Phuket to Host Beach Party

Travel News Asia 21 February 2005

Thai Airways International and United Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) are working together through the Love Andaman Thailand campaign which aims to signify the concerted effort made by Thai people in reviving Thailands Andaman Sea area.

The project was initiated as an effort to boost confidence amongst local and overseas tourists that the Andaman Sea area is still beautiful and travel-worthy. The project consists of 2 activities that are: Firstly, transport of volunteer divers and military personnel at 400 people to assess damage and collect debris and revive coral reefs under the sea during 25-28 February and 3-5 March 2005. Secondly, a Beach Festival will be held on 5 March 2005 on Patong Beach, Phuket, from the afternoon through to midnight, which includes beach sports competitions, Thai and international music concerts such as jazz, rock, and hip hop. During this activity, there will be a beach outfit fashion show from Chic Channel with a live broadcast of various activities throughout the event on UBC Spark (UBC 28), live broadcast of the opening ceremony on Channel 5 at 1900 hours, and live broadcast throughout the event on Thai Global Network reaching 170 countries worldwide.

Mr. Kanok Abhiradee, President of Thai Airways International said that The primary activities are to transport volunteer divers from around the world along with THAIs Diving Club made up of over 300 people, with military personnel, to aid in reviving affected areas in Similan and Surin Island on 26-28 February and Phi Phi Island, Patong Beach, and Kamala Beach on 3-5 March 2005. Special emphasis is made on the Beach Festival event on 5 March at Patong Beach with performances by various artists and activities, showing local and overseas tourists that Patong Beach is the way it always was. Event activities begin in the afternoon and include beach activities, various sports such as beachside football between R.S. artists team and Dutchie competition promotion, beach volleyball between female celebrities from Channel 7 and other female celebrities and national athletic team, bodybuilding competition, various activities, and food stalls, seafood barbecue, OTOP products from 6 Southern provinces. As well, there will be a stage performance featuring leading artists Pru Playground, Kob Saovanit, Doobadoo, Koh Mr. Saxman, fashion show featuring models from UBCs Chic Channel.

Furthermore, Mr. Sompan Charumilinda, CEO of UBC Group and Chairman of the Project Public Relations Committee, said that In order for the activities to be well-known amongst the public and the world and to boost tourist interest to visit the beautiful Andaman area of Thailand, the working group has invited members of the press from Thailand and overseas to attend the Beach Festival on 5 March 2005 at Patong Beach, Phuket. Currently, there are more than 800 members of the press and travel agents from overseas who have confirmed attendance. In addition, Thai Global Network will provide a live broadcast to 170 countries around the world. In Thailand, UBC Spark (UBC 28) will provide a live broadcast of the entire event and the Royal Thai Army television station Channel 5 will provide a live broadcast of the opening ceremony at approximately 1900 hours. 

THAI has prepared a special package for air travel including hotel accommodation for 3 days, 2 nights at a special rate. Those interested in participating in the activities may contact THAIs Ticketing Office at Tel. +66 2-628-2000 for further information.

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