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Samui Turns on the Glamour as Major Lifestyle & Business Brands Come Out to Be Seen & Heard

2011-02-28 10:14

The Sawadee.com Regatta is again providing leading companies and brands with unique marketing and activation opportunities

BANGKOK, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- As brands continue to fight through the clutter of multiple marketing channels and ways to be seen, heard and experienced; strategic event sponsorship across Asia continues to become one of the most effective ways for organizations to realize multiple sales, marketing and hospitality objectives.

Sponsorship, as a marketing concept, had its origins as an opportunity for companies to have their logo seen and for guests - normally clients - to enjoy some corporate hospitality. Today sponsorship - particularly in the growing lifestyle sector - has matured into a marketing channel that allows brands to be positioned and activated with targeted audiences for extended periods of time. Nowhere in Asia is this more evident than at Koh Samui's International Regatta that is contested every May in the tropical seas off the island's Chaweng Beach.

Just a one-hour flight from bustling Bangkok, the regatta annually welcomes an international "fleet" of participants, spectators and sponsors, the latter who leverage the event for far reaching branding opportunities. The Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts, Centara Hotels and Resorts, Hertz and Neil Pryde are just some of the respected global brands that align themselves with this "on" and "off" water marketing opportunity.

Like many major events that attract top global brands, the regatta has evolved over the ten years that it has been staged and has grown year on year. Although centred around fierce sailing action with some of the region's most exciting racing yachts going head-to-head, the regatta has developed into a leading lifestyle event where fashion, fine dining, music festivals, exotic parties and luxury property events, add to what has become a strategic choice for many of Asia's marketing professionals looking for further ways to position and activate the brands that they manage.

Bangkok based British entrepreneur Callum Laing took over the helm of the regatta in 2008, with the single focus of developing it into a lifestyle event that would not only be of interest to top sailors and spectators looking for a week of top action, but that would also attract top brands from around the world. "For me, the regatta is about the experiences that we can provide to those that come to soak-up the now-famous atmosphere that happens when the regatta takes place - as well as for our partners and the ways that they activate their brands. Digital and on-line marketing opportunities allow our partners to fully maximize their sponsorship investment by benefiting from multiple marketing activities. For example, not only do many of our partners fly in guests to experience all that the regatta has to offer, but they will also create marketing campaigns that draw on film, imagery and comment from the regatta that can support the marketing of their products or service. We've found that the regatta is positioned just at the right level to be appealing to luxury, lifestyle, F&B, travel and entertainment partners looking for something unique and different. With many of our partners committing long-term, we know that we've hit on a sponsorship model that works for many organizations".

Martin Heiniger is the General Manager of the Centara Grand Beach Resort - a long-standing Regatta partner that has been the home base for the event since 2001. Martin himself oversees the strategic relationship between the resort that he manages and the regatta's organizing team "As an organization that wants its hotel properties to be recognized as some of the best in the world, association with the regatta fits perfectly with our other marketing tactics. Not only do we see room bookings increase over the event period, but we also get the opportunity for those involved with the regatta to experience our resort first hand - and that's something that you just can't do via a brochure. Often, those that have experienced the resort, return to visit at other times of the year, becoming loyal guests that frequent our property time and time again".

Laing is particularly excited about some of the additions to the 2011 running of the regatta "By listening to what competitors, spectators and partners expect from the regatta, has allowed us to further develop it in directions that appeal to all audiences. Alongside the sailing action, the 2011 regatta will also include a Golf Tournament, Watch Expo, Premiership Soccer Legends Dinner, Fashion Dinner and & Super Car Show. Brands align themselves with the event as they have a solid understanding of the audiences that the regatta attracts and how they can engage with them".

This, the tenth year that the regatta has taken to the high-seas, is a pivotal year for the event with the partnering companies and brands involved looking set to reap the benefits from their strategic alignment.

For further details about partnership opportunities with the Sawadee.com Regatta, please see www.samuiregatta.com or contact info@sportsfestivalasia.com

About the Sawadee.com Regatta 2011, Samui

The Sawadee.com Regatta, Samui, is an annual event that takes place on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui. Now in its tenth year, this 'Tropical Island Regatta' has become one of the main events on the Asian sailing circuit and attracts an international fleet. For further details see www.samuiregatta.com

Media Contact: 

Ian Grundy
Citrus Public Relations
ian.grundy@citrus-pr.com
Tel: +65-6736-4119

Source: The Sawadee.com Regatta, Samui
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