The world-class sports training and coaching facility Thanyapura Phuket has announced that it will invest B300 million on a huge expansion plan that will take five years to complete.
The investment will see the 143-rai complex gaining a 100-metre training pool, four tennis courts, a multi-room wellness centre, an international school working towards becoming a UWC (United World College) with enhanced high-performance training programs and another 114 accommodation units.
“The expansion will allow Thanyapura to host a whole new range of sports events and attract more athletes seeking to enhance their mental and physical readiness to compete in the growing number of national and regional sporting competitions across Asia and worldwide,” noted a press release issued today (June 8).
The new facilities to be installed under the B300 million expansion include:
• A 100m training pool with five lanes, the first in the world, will add to the existing 50m Olympic size pool and 25m training pool. Thanyapura was recently chosen as the first official FINA training centre for Southeast Asia and has signed an agreement together with FINA where 19 SEA countries were invited to send 2 swimmers each for preparation to the Kazan Championships and Rio Olympics.
*FINA is “Fédération Internationale de Natation” or International Swimming Federation.
• Four more tennis courts will increase the total number of courts to 10 enabling Thanyapura to hold bigger national and international tennis tournaments.
• A Wellness Center for the Body & Mind with seven individual spa rooms and two 100sqm halls for carrying out yoga and mind-training programmes.
• Phuket International Academy School working towards becoming a UWC (United World College) to be certified by mid year of 2016. The high performance training academies has hired 3 more coaches to build its training programs to send talents to national and international competitions.
• Fourteen two-bedroom Thai villas to begin construction this year, and another building with 100 deluxe rooms to start next year.
The massive Thanyapura facility, which opened in 2008 and has cost B3.5 billion to date, comprises of four centres: Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club, Thanyapura Mind Centre, Thanyapura Health and Phuket International Academy School.
Other facilities include a 115-room sports hotel and the DiVine Restaurant & Cellar and Booster Daily & Bar, where an extensive range of regionally grown organic food underpins the menu.
The facility hosts a range of academies with competitions, teams and training at all levels and ages, including aquatics, tennis, cycling and triathlon academies. Thanyapura Health combines a holistic range of treatments such as physiotherapy and traditional Asian medicine plus aesthetics and rejuvenation therapies.
Health-conscious persons from China are the top source of business, generating 31pc of the facility’s room-nights in 2014. Others in the Top 10 list of business are sports persons from Thailand (15pc), Australia (8pc), Great Britain (5pc), Hong Kong, Hungary, USA, Netherlands, Singapore and Malaysia.
In 2013, Phuket average occupancy was 49pc, and at Thanyapura it was 52pc. In 2014, Phuket average occupancy was 51pc, while Thanyapura grew to 59pc. Thanyapura’s goal for occupancy in 2015 is 67pc.
Mr Phillipp Graf Von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura, said, “We are working closely with the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and other authorities, associations and clubs to promote Phuket and Thanyapura as the Sports Hub of Asia.
“We are focusing not only on professionals but also aspiring talents from the young generation in our high-performance program. From now until 2017, we have 25 International, 15 National, 10 local events already planned, which will attract thousands per event of international, national and local athletes and spectators.”
Among the international events planned for 2015-2016 are the first “Swim Around the Island” competition, national and international tennis tournaments, triathlon race for youths and the “Color Run” event.
In addition to the sports facilities, Thanyapura also offers unique venues for a variety of events such as meetings, team-building, product launches, weddings and receptions.
“Phuket’s pristine environment and great all-year weather provide the perfect natural ‘infrastructure’ for sports training and education for athletes across all age groups,” Mr Graf Von Hardenberg said.
“We are committed to improve performance and health, inspire the mind, instill well-being to optimize the potential of athletes. Thanyapura’s three-dimensional approach to coaching pays equal regard to the development of the body, mind and soul, benefiting from the complex’s world-class facilities, wide open spaces in a peaceful environment and pace-setting coaches of their respective disciplines.”