THE 5TH EDITION OF THE ASIA PACIFIC GOLF SUMMIT KICK STARTS
AT THE COAST RESORT OF PATTAYA, THAILAND
The Royal Cliff Hotels Group and Pattaya’s largest and best convention venue, Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) has transformed into a hub of activity as the official headquarters of the prestigious 2011 Asia Pacific Golf Summit, which is currently being held until 6th November 2011.
The Asia Pacific Golf Summit is part of a week-long golf carnival in Pattaya which also includes the PGA Conference of Asia, the Golf Course Superintendents of Asia Summit, the ASEAN Golf Tourism Forum and the Southeast Asia and India Golf Merchandise Exposition. All activities are being sponsored and supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH, which are also the official venues.
The Royal Cliff Hotels Group’s Managing Director, Mrs. Panga Vathanakul together with the Asia Pacific Golf Group CEO, Mr. Mike Sebastian welcomed a list of distinguished personalities for the opening day and amongst those in attendance included HE Sombat Kuruphan Vice Minister, Ministry of Tourism & Sports Thailand, Mr. Sansern Ngaorungsri Deputy Governor of TAT, Mr. Akapol Sorasuchart President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Mr. Ittiphol Khunpluem Mayor of Pattaya City, Mr. Kanokphand Chulakasem Governor of SAT, Thai Golf personality Mr. Thongchai Jaidee and tennis legend Mr. Jimmy Connors.
Amidst the controversy news on the adverse flood situation in Bangkok, the APGS 2011 has received overwhelming response with more than 500 delegates, already in attendance and with more to attend in the coming days. The delegates have, over the weeks been assured that Pattaya is safe and far from the affects of the floods. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport remains dry with operations running smoothly as normal.
“Everything is perfectly normal in Pattaya,” said Mike Sebastian, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, the owner and producer of the Summit. “Pattaya is not Bangkok. Pattaya is two hours away from the capital city. It is safe. The international airport is safe. The super highway connecting the international airport is safe.
“Many of the delegates have already been here for a couple of days and everyone is impressed with the set-up here at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Centre and the Royal Cliff Hotels Group. Our conferences have already signed on some 500 delegates and we expect more last minute registrations.”
The distinguished representatives from the various sectors attending this summit agreed with Mr. Sebastian citing Pattaya as the perfect destination for this event with the award-winning Royal Cliff Hotels Group and one of the region’s best convention centre, PEACH , adding to the an extremely wonderful visit, stay and conference.
Mr. Martin Craigs CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has also commented as follows in relation to the flood situation in Thailand “Central Bangkok remains dry. The situation is variable, highly localised and can change quickly. Only parts of Bangkok and some provinces to the immediate north have been impacted. Transport, infrastructure and tourism outlets are operating as usual throughout the rest of the country, including Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Central Bangkok, like the vast majority of upcountry Thailand, is open and ready to welcome visitors”.
The Asia Pacific Golf Summit has established a reputation for showcasing a conference programme that is both very current and relevant to the rapidly expanding needs of the booking golf industry in the region. This year, the Summit will focus on issues designed to ensure that the Asia Pacific does not make the same mistakes of the more mature golf markets by over-developing too quickly and by not paying attention to growing the game of golf and making it more playable and accessible to a larger pool of potential golfers.
For more information and to register for this event, please visit: www.golfconference.org
Situated on a 64 acre private parkland estate overlooking the stunning Gulf of Thailand, the Royal Cliff Hotels Group offers the perfect beachfront setting with traditional and modern Thai style furnishing, extraordinary service and the ambiance of absolute luxury. The 64 acre property is home to four award winning 5-star hotels offering a sensory experience defined profoundly by its style, culture and elegance - all presented with the distinctive spirit of the State of Exclusivity and Fascination.
The Royal Cliff Hotels Group offers extensive meeting facilities including 3 ballrooms, a total of 53 meeting rooms as well as the Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH); a multipurpose convention and exhibition centre and the perfect venue to hold any kind of event. Whether it is a global business exhibition, a popular concert, or luxurious wedding; staff at this multi-purpose ‘one stop convention venue’, are on hand to assist you with your every need. The main hall can be divided into 9 separate sections with a theatre-style seating capacity of up to 8,000 delegates. Comprehensive incentive programs are available with dedicated conference & incentive specialists based at the hotels.
For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH, please visit www.royalcliff.com and www.peachthailand.com
At the Opening Ceremony of the 5th edition of the Asia Pacific Golf Summit 2011 were Mr. Mike Sebastian - CEO of Asia Pacific Golf Group, Mr. Sansern Ngaoringsri – Deputy Governor of TAT, Mr. Akapol Sorasuchart – President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Mr. Ittiphol Khunpluem – Mayor of Pattaya City, Mr. Thongchai Jaidee – Thai Golf personality, HE Sombat Kuruphan – Vice Minister for Tourism & Sports, Mr. Nicholas Taylor – Healys LLP, Mr. David Moon, Mrs. Panga Vathanakul – Managing Director of Royal Cliff Hotels Group, tennis legend Mr. Jimmy Connors, Mr. Kanokphand Chukakasem – Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and Mr. Kyi Hla Han – Executive Chairman of Asian Tour (USA)