Thai­land grabs another ice sculp­ture grand prize at Sap­poro

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

THE an­nual Sap­poro Snow Fes­ti­val and the 69th In­ter­na­tional Snow Sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion ended on Thurs­day, with the an­nounce­ment of the grand prize, which went to Thai­land, and the other top four win­ning teams – Ma­cau, the United States, Fin­land and Dae­jeon, South Korea.

Other teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion were from Aus­tralia, Hawaii, In­done­sia, Poland, the US, China and Sin­ga­pore.

Kit­sana Kaew­tum­rong, pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor of the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land, said the Thai­land team com­prised pro­fes­sional ice sculp­tors Ku­sol Boonkob­songserm from Shangri-la Ho­tel, Am­nuay Srisook from Grand Hy­att Erawan, and Krisana Wongthes, a free­lancer.

“This year, they cre­ated mod­els of kai chon or fight­ing cocks, which beat all other com­peti­tors. The achieve­ment will boost the rep­u­ta­tion and pres­ence of Thai­land and of Thai tourism through­out the globe,” Kit­sana said.

He said more than 2 mil­lion tourists from around the world vis­ited the snow fes­ti­val.

TAT has sponsored the Thai­land team at the snow fes­ti­val for 21 years. The Thai team pre­vi­ously won the grand prize in 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Photo: Bangkok Post

A pair of Thai fight­ing cocks, which won Thai­land the grand prize at the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Snow Sculp­ture con­test in Sap­poro, Ja­pan, on Thurs­day.

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