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Thailand event round-up: January 2019

by The Sponsorship Experts - Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd.

Southeast Asia’s yacht and luxury lifestyle industry descends on Phuket’s Royal Phuket Marina on 10-13 January for the highly anticipated Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous (TYSR) 2019. The result of a merger between some of the region’s most respected and experienced yacht show specialists, the TYSR is the country’s new and improved yacht show bringing the industry together in one, big event. Over the course of four days, visitors can expect to see the best of luxury lifestyle on display including superyachts from all over the world, bespoke travel services, premium properties, fashion, art and automobiles.

If you’re not into superyachts, but love roaming around markets to find hidden gems, Made by Legacy Flea Market is your thing. Held for the 10th time on 11-13 January, this time the organisers have moved the affair to Sermsuk Warehouse by the Pepsi Pier to put on its biggest event yet. Expect more than 200 shops, stalls and vendors selling vintage goods, arts, crafts, vinyl, furniture, homewares and everything in between. Knock yourself out, then relax with food and drink from some of the city’s most popular restaurants.

Every year on the second Saturday in January, Thailand celebrates children. This year, Children’s Day will take place on 12 January with businesses across the country putting on special promotions to celebrate children and their families.

If part of your New Year’s resolution is to be more active, look no further than the BITEC Half Marathon. The perfect chance to test your fitness, the event kicks off on 13 January at 4am. If the full 21km is a little ambitious, you can also opt for shorter runs of 10km and 5km.

One of the most visually stunning cultural events on the Thai calendar is the Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival held in the town of the same name in northern Thailand from 18-20 January. Skilled craftsmen work all year on striking umbrellas, fans, parasols and lanterns and put their creations on display for three days in January to the joy of both local and foreign visitors. Made with mulberry bark paper and carefully hand-painted, the crafts are the perfect souvenir from northern Thailand.

Comedy has finally gained strong foothold in Thailand and comedy fans are in for a real treat when Jim Jeffries will perform at Scala Theatre on 18 January as part of his The Night Talker Tour. Best known for his late-night show on Comedy Central, The Jim Jeffries Show, the Australia-born stand-up comedian has a knack for political commentary that is as hard-hitting as it is funny.

Asia’s first women-led festival, for the Bond Women’s Festival, will take place in Chiang Mai on 19 January. With an aim to celebrate women empowerment, entrepreneurship and expression, the one-day festival is expected to tackle issues surrounding equality and empowerment through a series of workshops, seminars, and gatherings open for both men and women. There will also be Zumba and yoga classes and an all-female DJ set in the evening.

Those in the tourism industry should not miss the annual Thailand Tourism Forum 8th edition which takes place at InterContinental Bangkok on 21 January. Organised by The American Chamber of Commerce – Thailand (AMCHAM) and C9 Hotelworks Hospitality Consulting Group, the forum addresses the many challenges of managing mass tourism in a time when tourist numbers to Thailand are at an all-time high. Attendees will hear experts discuss how well Thailand is managing tourism and what business and government leaders should be focusing on as an industry for long term sustainable success.

If you just can’t get enough of J-pop, anime and manga, head to CentralWorld on 25-27 January for the Japan Expo Thailand 2019. Expect all things Japan including music, fashion beauty and food. The expo will also feature Japan Festa, which is the biggest Japanese pop culture event in the country.

Founded in 2004 by veteran international marketing consultant Paul Poole, PAUL POOLE (SOUTH EAST ASIA) CO., LTD. is an independent marketing consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand specialising in commercial sponsorship and partnership marketing, working with both rights holders and brands - acting as a catalyst by bringing them together and maximising the relationship.

We have packaged, sold and managed sponsorship and partnership opportunities for a wide range of rights holders and worked with many of the world’s leading brands to source and engage the right sponsorships and partnerships for them to maximise.

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Published: Dec 2018

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