by The Sponsorship Experts, Paul Poole (South East Asia)
The month kicks off with the last Spartan Thailand race of the year, held in Hua Hin on 3 November. Participants can choose between two different courses, the 21km Spartan Beast race with more than 30 obstacles designed to really push people to their limits, and the 5km Spartan Sprint race with more than 20 obstacles. Kids can compete in the Kids race with distances between 0.8km and 3.2km.
The following week, on 9 November, the Run Your City 2018 aims to create public awareness of urban environmental issues and waste management. Organised by Thammasat University and sponsored by Ananda Development, the run will take place in Bangkok’s Benjakitti Park and the adjacent tobacco factory and there will also be a fundraiser to support various environmental projects.
The famous Laguna Phuket Triathlon will be held for the 25th time on 18 November. The longest running triathlon in Asia, the event attracts professional triathletes from all over the world, all vying for a spot on the podium and part of the US$20,000 prize money purse. The triathlon is unique in that the 1.8km swim is divided into a 1.3km ocean swim immediately followed by a 0.5km swim in one of Laguna Phuket’s freshwater lagoons. A 50km bike route will then take participants through the picturesque and challenging terrain of northern Phuket before they embark on a 12km run around the grounds of Laguna Phuket.
18 November is also the date of Thailand’s biggest marathon, the BDMS Bangkok Marathon. Held since 1988, the race takes participants past famous Bangkok monuments on four different distances: Marathon (42.195km), Half Marathon (21.1km), Miniature Marathon (10km) and Micro Marathon (5km).
If trail running is more your thing, head to Chonburi on 18 November for the Xterra Nong Yai Trail Run 2018. Covering 50km, 25km and 10km in gruelling terrain, there is something for both beginners and those more experienced.
The sports industry will convene in Bangkok’s CentralWorld for SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards and Conference 2018. Launched in 2015, the two-day event shines the spotlight on the sports industry in Asia, celebrating outstanding contributions in the year past. A conference held under the name “The Business of Sports – Asia’s Sports Industry in the Fast Lane IV” will feature panel discussions from 38 leading sports industry experts, discussing topics such as sports tourism, sports technology and diversity and integrity in sports.
Later in November, usually around 22, people around the country gather by the ocean, lakes and canals to float beautifully decorated rafts called ‘krathongs’ to pay respect to the goddess of water. Held at the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest, Loy Krathong is a way to thank the higher powers for the abundant supply of rain for the crops as well as apologise for polluting water sources.
Lamphang in northern Thailand celebrates its own version of Lay Krathong in the form of the Long Sapao Chai Wang Lakorn Festival. Celebrated for the same reasons as Loy Krathong, this northern version uses giant floats large enough to carry people as it floats along the Wang river. It’s a unique way of experiencing northern culture and get a chance to participate in local activities.
In keeping with local activities, the Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi on 25 November is something not likely to happen elsewhere in the world; more than 3,000 long tailed macque monkeys are treated to a scrumptious buffet of fresh fruit and food curtesy of the city as a show of appreciation for the prosperity the monkeys bring to the city every year. Make sure to secure any valuables and the monkeys are not afraid of humans!
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‘BTS’ K-pop group denounced by Jewish human rights organisation
by The Japan News – Asia News Network
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human rights organisation based in the US, issued a statement denouncing South Korean boy band BTS for wearing hats with a logo similar to a Nazi symbol and flying Nazi-like flags at a concert in the past.
“The result is that young generations in Korea and around the world are more likely to identify bigotry and intolerance as being ‘cool’ and help erase the lessons of history. The management of this group, not only the front performers, should publicly apologise,” the statement said.
Known as Bodan Shonendan in Japan, BTS has been under fire as one of its seven members once wore a T-shirt with an image of the atomic bombing. The group’s participation in a music show on the TV Asahi network on Friday was canceled because of the controversy.
The shirt worn by Park Jimin of BTS in October 2017, that set off the current controversy
The boy band, whose members are all in their 20s, have achieved huge worldwide success with polished dance moves, diverse music, their own production, original songs and honest musical topics that appeal to their young audience. In the past 12 months they’ve broken traffic records on YouTube and amassed numerous awards, including the American Music Awards over the past two years.
Meanwhile AFP reported that the managers of BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast.
In a 1,000-word statement released in Korean, English and Japanese, management firm Big Hit Entertainment repeatedly offered its “sincerest apologies”.
It sought to distance the septet from the row, saying it bore responsibility, and went on: “Big Hit does not condone any activities of war or the use of atomic weapons.”
Responding to further accusations the K-pop stars had used Nazi imagery, the company said it opposed all organisations “oriented towards political extremism and totalitarian beliefs including Nazism”.
Known for their boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, BTS have become South Korea’s best-known and most valuable musical exports. A year ago the group also spoke at the UN in New York with their message of self-worth, ‘Loving Yourself’ and ‘equality for all genders and races’.
BTS speaking at the UN in New York as part of the UN program for youth
They sold 380,000 tickets for their current Japanese tour, and their singles sell hundreds of thousands of copies each. The tickets for their Japanese tour sold out in two minutes.
But South Koreans bitterly resent Tokyo’s brutal 1910-45 colonisation of the peninsula, which came to an end with Japan’s Second World War defeat after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Historical issues still weigh heavily on the relationship between the neighbours, both of them market democracies and US allies, even while they share widespread business and cultural connections.
Japanese television station TV Asahi last week cancelled a performance by BTS after a photo went viral of band member Jimin wearing the offending shirt.
The garment featured the phrase “PATRIOTISM OUR HISTORY LIBERATION KOREA” repeated multiple times alongside an image of an atomic bomb explosion and another of Koreans celebrating their independence.
As the row escalated, images emerged of a concert last year where BTS wore uniforms and waved flags that critics said recalled Nazi symbols, and a 2014 photoshoot in which band leader RM wore a cap bearing an SS Death’s Head logo.
The SS played a key role in the Nazi mass murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust and a prominent Jewish human rights group accused the band of “mocking the past”.
“It goes without saying that this group owes the people of Japan and the victims of Nazism an apology”, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles.
“Those designing and promoting this group’s career are too comfortable with denigrating the memory of the past,” he added.
In its statement, published on Facebook late Tuesday, Big Hit Entertainment said the performance in question was of a song by veteran South Korean band Seo Taiji, “Classroom Idea”, which “levies social criticism against rigidly standardised education”.
The display was intended to criticise totalitarianism and was “in no way associated with National Socialism”, it added.
But it “had no intention of causing distress or pain” and was contacting atomic bombs victim associations in Japan and Korea and the the Simon Wiesenthal Centre to explain and apologise, it added.
Big Hit said it had failed to provide “necessary and careful support to our artists”, who were “in no way responsible for any of the issues”.
BTS are the leading lights of the K-pop phenomenon and made history earlier this year by becoming the first K-pop band to top the US album charts, twice, a sign of the genre’s growing global appeal.
South Korea’s top court last month ordered a Japanese steel giant to compensate victims of wartime forced labour programmes, and Min suggested Japanese networks were “making an example of BTS because of the anti-Korean sentiment in Japan”.
More than 80 dance groups from around Thailand compete in “SHOW DC Dance Battle Revolution”
Dancers from all around Thailand took part in the recent SHOW DC Dance Battle Revolution 2018, which saw more than 80 dance groups going head-to-head for the inaugural championships crowns in three categories: B-Boy, Hip Hop and Cover Dance. Held at the popular shopping mall and entertainment mega-complex in Rama 9 area of Bangkok, prizes worth more than 100,000 baht were on offer.
“The inaugural event was a huge success. The passion and skill of all the dancers that took part in SHOW DC’s Dance Battle Revolution 2018 was exceptional and it was very tough for the judges to decide on the winners. Over three weekends of competition we saw dancers from all over the country come and battle for the title of Dance Battle Revolution Champion,” said Ms. Regina Loo, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer of SHOW DC.
Winners of the SHOW DC Dance Battle Revolution 2018 are…
1) Comatom 2) Asta Flow 3) Dot A
1) I Feel the Hype 2) Huiii 3) Ghost Industry
1) Devotion 2) ABC 3) The Average
“In addition to being a leading shopping mall serving the community of Rama IX and surrounding areas, entertainment and music is part of the SHOW DC proposition and Dance Battle Revolution is one of our signature events.
Feedback from this first year has been excellent and we have already received a lot of interest from dancers and groups for next year. Dance Battle Revolution will be an annual event at SHOW DC and we will build on this year’s success to make 2019 even bigger and better,” added Ms. Loo.
About SHOW DC
SHOW DC is Thailand’s first retail and entertainment mega-complex. Situated on 43 rai (17 acres) of land in the Rama 9 area of Bangkok with over 180,000 sqm and a total investment of 9.5 billion baht (approx. US$ 300 million), SHOW DC opened in December 2016.
For more information click HERE.
Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous now joined by the Phuket Yacht Show
ONE united yacht show will now present next January in Phuket.
Event organisers have united to show support for the yachting industry and Thai Government’s drive to make Thailand the yachting hub of Asia.
Phuket’s one and only boat show is to be called “Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous.”
In a joint statement issued today by Andy Treadwell, CEO of Verventia, owners of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), Gael and Olivier Burlot, owners of Asia RendezVous, and Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, it was announced that the three parties have agreed to collaborate in producing one combined boat show in Phuket next year January 10-13.
The move was precipitated by a request earlier in the year from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to gather the boating industry together in one major event in Thailand to demonstrate united support for the government’s yacht tourism initiatives.
At the same time, since the announcement in August of the Phuket Yacht Show, the yachting industry voiced its strong opinion that there should be only one boat show and requested just such a “get together”, with Royal Phuket Marina being the industry’s preferred venue.
The three organisers were able to come to an agreement in principle last week to merge the Phuket Yacht Show team into the already-announced Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous.
Andy Treadwell explained: “It’s obvious that we needed to make this all one event, and great that we’ve been able to do so in a relatively short space of time – entirely thanks to the industry coming together and getting everyone to agree. The TAT, our partners and main sponsor of the Thailand Yacht Show, also asked us earlier in the year to try to put everything into one show instead of competing and dividing the industry.
“We’re all now looking forward to getting on with the job and building this event over the next few years into a proper international marketing platform for the yachting industry, and for Thailand as a world-class yacht tourism destination”.
Gael Burlot added: “We are very pleased to have everyone on board and a clear plan to develop the boat show. The luxury industries are starting to prosper again in this region, and with the right collaborative promotion in the right strategic places like Thailand, the yachting industry should start to see significant growth in this beautiful part of the world, where there is so much opportunity.”
Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, said “I am delighted to welcome the combined teams to work together and produce the best boat show Phuket has ever seen, here at Royal Phuket Marina in January. As the host venue, my team and I will be showcasing Thailand’s marine industry to the world and will work with the organisers to achieve our common objective – to make Phuket and Thailand the central marina hub for the whole of Asia.”
David Hunter, Managing Director for Torqeedo Asia Pacific, one of the show’s main supporting partners, commented…
“As the pioneers of the future of electric mobility for the marine sector, we are delighted to continue our support for the Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous, and we are very pleased to hear that it will now be held at Royal Phuket Marina next January which is a great setting for us and our partners BMW.
“Our participation at this year’s TYS was a huge success, resulting in us winning contracts with the Thai government, including an all-electric passenger boat which will shortly be launched by the Thai PM. We have also had several other new projects endorsed by the Minister for Tourism and Sports, who greatly enjoyed his experience at TYS and now fully supports our efforts to drive sustainable mobility.”
The Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous will take place from January 10-13, 2019, at the Royal Phuket Marina in Phuket.
Find out more about the forthcoming show HERE.
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