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Dusit International supports Europe’s Prestigious Ladies Polo Tournament

Bringing Thailand & Germany together even closer through sport

Bangkok - Dusit International, one of Asia’s leading hotel groups, was an official sponsor of the renowned Ladies polo tournament “Wallerstein Polo Cup - Girls Only”. Held at the Wallerstein Castle, in Bavaria, Germany during 18 - 20 June 2010. The Wallerstein Polo Cup - Girls Only is recognised as one of Europe’s most prestigious Ladies polo tournaments, and was represented by six international teams made up of players from 12 nations across the globe.

Three of Dusit’s most distinguished hotels and resorts in Thailand, including Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Pattaya, and Dusit Thani Hua Hin, extended sponsorship, as well as luxurious accommodation prizes for this tournament.

Mr. Chanin Donavanik, Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, said “We are proud to be a part of this event, and to provide the Polo champions an opportunity to experience our legendary Thai hospitality whilst at the same time building a bridge between an influential sport like polo, with our iconic hotels and the people of Thailand. Dusit has been synonymous with the polo community since the inception of the Dusit Resort & Polo Club in Hua Hin over twenty years ago, and our locations in Bangkok and Pattaya are easily accessible to the country’s top polo fields. We believe that this new link to our German friends will continue to flourish, and help advance the reputation of Dusit and Thailand amongst the polo sporting fraternity in Germany, and across Europe.”

“In addition, we have recently announced our international expansion into Europe, currently we are sourcing many new opportunities to bring Thai hospitality to the European market – a market which has been our most long standing, supportive client base for Thailand,” added Mr. Donavanik.

Wallerstein Polo Cup - Girls Only is a unique ladies polo tournament in the exclusive setting of the Princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein’s Estate in Wallerstein, Germany. It is the first-ever ladies polo tournament and was founded in 2009 by Princess Anna zu Oettingen-Wallerstein, who is actively promoting ladies polo in Germany. It was recognised as a highlight of the year by the polo press last year, and is the most exclusive ladies polo events setting the highest standards in European ladies polo.

Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Pattaya, and Dusit Thani Hua Hin, enjoy the reputation of being the preferred host hotels for many international sporting events due to their ideal locations in three of Thailand’s most favourite destinations, world-class meeting facilities, and the warm and gracious touch of Thai hospitality that delivers a sophisticated and gracious experience to all guests.

For further information, visit: www.polo-wallerstein.de/en/girls-only
Dusit Thani Bangkok: Dusit Thani Bangkok
Dusit Thani Pattaya: Dusit Thani Pattaya
Dusit Thani Hua Hin: Dusit Thani Huahin

About Dusit International:
Dusit International has gained more than 60 years experience in the hotel and hospitality field. Founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's New Road; Dusit has since acquired a unique portfolio of deluxe hotels, building upon Thai culture and tradition to create a personalised welcome for all guests, made distinctive under the Dusit brand promise: the delivery of an ‘experience that enlivens the individual spirit no matter what the journey.’ Dusit International comprises five hotel brands: Dusit Thani Hotels & Resorts, Dusit’s second generation dusitD2 hotels & resorts, Dusit Princess Hotels & Resorts, Dusit Devarana Hotels & Resorts, and Dusit Residence Serviced Apartments. It also operates its own signature Devarana Spa.

About polo in Wallerstein:
Wallerstein Castle has been the executive and ancestral seat of the Princely House of Oettingen-Wallerstein since the 17th century. The history of the Princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein goes back about 900 years and the family thus counts among the oldest high nobility still existing in Europe today. The House of Wallerstein has been intimately involved with equestrian sport ever since. Prince Eugen and later his son, Prince Carl-Friedrich, had a significant influence on horse racing in their roles as President of the International Club Baden-Baden (1958 – 1991). The Princess Mother, 90-year old Princess Delia, has been a passionate horse breeder to this day and, together with the legend of horse-racing, Hans-Günter Winkler, is the driving force behind the renowned Scharlachrennen – CSI *** Nördlingen. The Polo Club Wallerstein was founded end of 2006 by Princess Anna and her husband, Prince Carl-Eugen zu Oettingen-Wallerstein and a few close friends, when they took to this fascinating sport. They aimed to engender enthusiasm for polo sport in the region, especially among children and the young, through enjoyment of the game and the horses.

About the sport of polo (excerpt):
Polo is one of the oldest games played with stick and ball. Its name originates from the Tibetan word pulu – the ball. Modern games such as hockey and golf or cricket also have their origin in the game of polo. The sport fascinates through its beauty and dynamism. Every polo tournament offers exciting days filled with wonderful moments, magnificent horses, rousing plays and enjoyment of this sport.

Chutimaporn Kasemsuk (Kee)
Corporate Director of PR & Communications
Tel: +66 (0) 2200 9999 ext. 3320
E-mail: chutimaporn.ks@dusit.com l www.dusit.com/pr