Industry Update
Press Release 4 September 2019

Anantara Hotels Announces Dates for 2020 King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race & River Festival

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The spirit and energy of boat racing returns to Bangkok with the announcement of the second annual King's Cup Elephant Boat Race and River Festival, taking place on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River next to Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. From 28th February to 1st March 2020, guests including sports enthusiasts, families and socialites, will flock from far and wide to enjoy the fun filled three-day charitable event, and soak up the adrenaline filled atmosphere

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A unique event in the center of Bangkok, teams from around the world will paddle it out alongside last year's winners, the Royal Thai Navy Seals. Teams will paddle specially designed boats decorated with artistic elephant themed sculptures with tails inspired by traditional Thai fish motifs. Each race takes place across 400m with 4 teams per heat, the first to cross the finish line wins and progresses closer to winning the King's Cup. Spectators will delight in a weekend of thrilling competitive action on the river as well as an extensive variety of family friendly, high quality entertainment on land at the River Festival.

In addition to soaking up the racing action, guests are invited to enjoy an abundance of on-land entertainment including live music concerts, kid's arts and crafts, fun fair rides and a wide selection of delicious food and beverages throughout the day and night, all set against the stunning backdrop of Thailand's capital city.

The first ever King's Cup Elephant Boat Race & River Festival was a tremendous success, over 9000 attendees came together to raise significant funds for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). The GTAEF distributes these funds across a variety of projects dedicated to captive and wild elephant welfare, enabling them to continue their vital work throughout Thailand.

Event organisers Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas prides itself on continuously driving efforts and supporting its conservational expertise on behalf of Thailand's national animal. Keeping this at the forefront, the annual sporting and society event all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to elephant related projects throughout Thailand whilst also generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand's national animal and to support fundraising for their conservation and welfare, please visit https://www.bangkokriverfestival.com

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About Minor International

Minor International (MINT) is a global company focused on three core businesses: restaurants, hospitality and lifestyle brands distribution. MINT is one of Asia"s largest restaurant companies with over 2,000 outlets operating system-wide in 19 countries under The Pizza Company, Swensen"s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, BreadTalk (Thailand) and Riverside brands. MINT is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 155 hotels and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, PER AQUUM, Tivoli, Elewana Collection, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. MINT is one of Thailand"s largest distributors of lifestyle brands focusing primarily on fashion, home and kitchenware and contract manufacturing. Its brands include Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Esprit, Bossini, Etam, Charles & Keith, Pedro, Radley, Anello, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Joseph Joseph and ETL Learning. Bemynt is MINT"s e-commerce platform offering premium fashion and lifestyle products. For more information, please visit www.minorinternational.com. 

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