- Laguna Phuket celebrates the return of international events and sports tourism as it hosts three major beach volleyball championships.
- Athletes and officials from five continents head to Phuket’s leading integrated resort for a trio of tournaments, held at Angsana Laguna Phuket, the five-star beachfront resort that specialises in outdoor activities.
Laguna Phuket, the premier destination resort spanning 1,000 acres of parkland and beachfront on Phuket’s west coast, continues to raise the bar for international sports tourism and world-class event organization as the sports tourism market returns to the island, hosting three major international beach volleyball tournaments.
The recent AVC 2021 Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships ran from 23-27 November 2021, gathering athletes, coaches and officials from 10 countries in Asia Pacific – Australia, New Zealand, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Iran – to compete on the soft sands outside Angsana Laguna Phuket.
Organised in partnership between Laguna Phuket, the Sports Authority of Thailand – Phuket province, Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA), Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and PPTV HD, the occasion highlighted the ability of Laguna Phuket to stage exceptional events and accommodate international visitors for safe, seamless and salubrious seafront stays.
The high-energy beach volleyball tournaments showcase Laguna Phuket’s ability to hold top-level sports events
The FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship was then hosted from 6-11 December 2021, and the FIVB Beach Volleyball U20 World Championship followed from 14-16 December 2021. These two global events featured 28 male teams and 28 female teams from 48 countries and five continents!
Angsana Laguna Phuket was the ideal location to host these beach volleyball championships. This five- star resort specialises in creating outdoor lifestyle experiences, with a wealth of sporting facilities and nature-inspired activities. Surrounded by fresh water lagoons, the resort features a 300-metre-long free- form resort pool, fully-equipped fitness centre, water sports, mountain bike hire, island tours, diving and snorkelling excursions, award-winning golf and more.
Sports tourism has helped to put Phuket on the global map in recent years, and it will play a key role in the island’s recovery in the post-pandemic era. The recent SMASH IT webinar, co-produced by C9 Hotelworks and Delivering Asia Communications, learned how the Phuket Sandbox initiative gave the island “first- mover advantage” and allowed it to capitalise on the return of sporting events.
Phuket will also host Asian Tour golf tournaments this year, and the Laguna Phuket Marathon and Laguna Phuket Triathlon are set to return in 2022. With many of these contests being televised in multiple countries, Phuket is likely to become even more attractive to global guests seeking healthier ways to live and travel.