Helping hand from Phuket hotels

PHUKET, 14 May 2018: The Phuket Hotels Association raised THB4.5 million at a benefit gala dinner that will support the education of young hospitality professionals in Phuket.

Last month, the “Phuket Hotels Association Benefit 2 (PHAB 2) – Glam, Glitz and Glitter” event was held at Latitude Laguna venue on the island’s west coast. This marked the second annual edition of the benefit, following the inaugural event in 2017.

Supported by multiple sponsors, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and PHA member hotels and resorts in Phuket, the benefit’s funds will finance 20 hospitality scholarships and traineeships for talented young Phuket residents, whose parents cannot afford to pay for their education.

Phuket Hotels Association president Anthony Lark (third left) and Phuket Hotels Association development director Sumi Soorian (third right) welcome Phuket vice governor Sanit Sriwihok to PHAB 2 annual fundraising event.

Phuket’s vice governor, Sanit Sriwihok, presided over the opening of PHAB 2, along with other senior officials and VIPs.

More than 300 guests dressed in dazzling costumes enjoyed fine dining and entertainment.

“The Phuket Hotels Association is proud to support the development of local communities, and our annual benefits are a vitally important part of our fundraising activities,” commented Phuket Hotels Association’s president, Anthony Lark.

“This year, the money raised from the PHAB will pay for scholarships for 20 local youngsters to embark on careers in the hospitality industry. This is a wonderful way of creating income for local people and families, creating multi-generational benefits for communities, and supporting our member hotels by developing exciting new industry talent,” Lark added.

To date, PHAB events have raised more than THB4.5 million (USD 141,000) for charitable causes, including the 20 local hospitality scholarships. As well as the auction, funds were raised through ticket sales and generous donations.

The third annual Phuket Hotels Association Benefit, PHAB 3, will take place 27 April 2019.