THA sports competition kicks off

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Football and a colourful parade marked the opening of the seven-week Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region sports competition last week.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and THA Eastern President Sanphet Suphabuansathien officially kicked off the annual competition between employees of 20 Pattaya-area hotels on Sept. 15.

The Sept. 9-Oct. 31 athletic meet is co-sponsored by the Pattaya Hotels Front Desk Managers Club, Pattaya Professional Food and Beverage Club, Chef Association of Pattaya and Eastern Seaboard, and HR Networking Club.

Dr. Weerawat Khakhai, deputy mayor of Pattaya and Sanpech Supabwornsathian, president of the THA Eastern Chapter, join Pattaya City councilors and representatives from participating hotels for a group photo at the opening of the 7 week long inter-hotel sports tournament.

For the opening ceremony, “VIP” teams from association members and Pattaya City hall squared off in football, with the City Hall team winning 2-0.

The day also saw prizes awarded for floats in the opening ceremony parade.  First place went to The Bay View Hotel & Spa with the Long Beach Garden Hotel & Spa taking second, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort third, and the Discovery Beach Hotel fourth.

Twenty hotels are participating in the competition, including the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Horseshoe Point, Hilton Pattaya, Hard Rock Hotel, Dusit Thani Hotel and more.

Representatives from the 20 participating hotels put on a colourful traditional costume parade as part of the opening ceremony on Sept. 15.

Competitions include a 20-team football tournament, the winner of which will represent the eastern region at the THA national games.  The matches are staged at Pattaya School No. 7.

Fifteen men’s and women’s teams are also competing in volleyball matches at the Asia Hotel Pattaya and twenty teams in a snooker competition at the Asia Hotel and petanque hosted at School No. 7.