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