Organisers of the 2017 SPIA Asia, Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference, revealed the Thailand finalists in Bangkok on Monday at a live announcement presided over by the Minister of Tourism and Sports. 60 leading Thai sports organisations and brands made the final shortlist in the six national categories:
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Open for governing bodies, federations, sports brands, agencies, marketers and other sports organisations from 47 countries across Asia, finalists in the 6 Thailand and 17 Asian categories will be judged by a panel of 20 industry experts and the winners announced on 7 November at a an awards gala in Bangkok. Nominations this year include the Bangkok Airways Boutique Series, FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand 2017 and the Buriram Marathon 2017.
Speaking at the official announcement of the finalists, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “We are honored to once again host the prestigious SPIA Asia – Sports Industry Awards & Conference here in Thailand for a second year. Sport is growing in popularity in Thailand and sports tourism is a key part of the government’s national tourism strategy, and SPIA Asia will help us raise the profile of Thailand’s sporting credentials further and position us on the global stage.”
Sakon Wannapong, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand commented, “SPIA Asia offers Thailand’s sports industry an opportunity to meet and learn from the world’s best. Many of the industry’s key leaders and stakeholders have already confirmed their attendance for the two-day sports business conference, sharing innovations and ideas for development and best practice, while the Awards Gala Dinner will recognize the best-of-the-best and celebrate their achievements in Asia and I’m very proud to see many Thailand sports organisations and events have made the final shortlist.”