Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament Dates Announced

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has announced the dates for the highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament for 2013. This year’s event will be held in the Thai royal seaside town of Hua Hin from Aug. 28 to Sep. 1.

The charitable event, now in its twelfth year, has to date raised over $600,000 to help Thailand’s elephants.

The event has gone from a small two-day event in 2001 to one of Thailand’s internationally best loved events. Last year’s tournament featured 12 teams encompassing over 40 players, including German royals, Prince Carl-Eugen Oettingen-Wallerstein, his wife Princess Anna, the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby team and Thailand’s famous transgender cabaret team Miss Tiffany’s.

Fundraising from last year’s event has been donated to a number of projects in Thailand. The first is to continue to support research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for autistic children in Thailand.

In February the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), based at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa, hosted a landmark ‘positive reinforcement training’ workshop with traditional elephant trainers from throughout Southeast Asia, guided by world renowned trainer Dr Gerardo Martinez and featuring guest speakers from Thai Universities. GTAEF’s work with Thailand’s wild herd has continued with Human Elephant Conflict mitigation and partial sponsorship of the Wild Elephant Counting Week in Kui Buri Royal Project area.

“One of the main aims of this event is to take as many elephants off the streets of Thailand as possible during the event. Last year we were able to take over forty street elephants and make sure they were properly fed, and received vitamins and veterinary care while at the event,” said Bill Heinecke, CEO Minor International and owner of Anantara. “We must never forget the true meaning of holding this event and that is to raise awareness and as much money as possible towards the conservation and welfare of Thailand’s elephant population.”

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