The annual PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards, which seeks to reward the finest developers, properties and real estate personalities across the Kingdom, will return for its 12th annual edition this September.

PropertyGuru Group, the organiser of the long-running event, expects to receive more than 300 entries from developers with ongoing projects located in the top tier markets of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as emerging destinations of Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Samui, Phang Nga/Krabi, the Eastern Seaboard, the North East, and Songkhla.

Developers, industry professionals and the general public are now invited to submit nominations for more than 30 categories until Friday, 30 June 2017. Online submissions are accepted via AsiaPropertyAwards.com/nomination/thailand/.

“This is a great opportunity to share to the world what are being developed in those locations and to celebrate the key factors that drive the growth of the real estate industry in Thailand,” said Suphin Mechuchep, managing director of JLL Thailand and incumbent chairwoman of the independent judging panel.

Increased recognition and respect from the property sector

An internationally recognised and respected platform that has championed the progress of the Thai real estate sector for over a decade now, the Thailand Property Awards debuted in 2005 when the Southeast Asian property scene was just starting to make global strides.

“The Thailand Property Awards have showcased high quality developments and have well demonstrated an increased recognition and respect gained from the country’s real estate industry,” Mechuchep noted in her speech during the Awards’ 11th anniversary gala dinner. That event was attended by around 600 VIPs and senior industry figures and saw MQDC Magnolia Quality Development Corporation crowned the Best Developer (Thailand) and collect a total of eight awards.

Mechuchep and DTGO Group president Raj Tanta-Nanta, who represents MQDC, both appeared at the exclusive media launch for the 12th edition of the Awards held at the VA Room of Plaza Athenee Bangkok, a Royal Meridien hotel on 1 March 2017.

The MQDC executive expressed his gratitude to the judges for giving their winning and highly commended projects the industry’s stamp of approval. “We’re very humbled and proud to win Best Green Development and the Special Recognition in Sustainable Development last year. Our projects are top quality and this year we aim to continue promoting ‘sustainnovation’ in our developments.”

One of the region’s real estate leaders

“Time and again Thailand has proven to be one of the region’s real estate leaders – whether it’s the retail, hospitality, villa or luxury residential segment – as we have seen in the quality of entrants in the past 12 years. The Awards are meant to put a spotlight on the strongest aspects of the industry,” said Blackburn.

Among the major categories in which developers will compete for the Best of the Best honours include: Best Condo Development (Thailand), whose Winner will be picked from condo categories winners; Best Housing Development (Thailand), chosen from the Winners pool of villa and housing categories; and Best Commercial Development (Thailand), chosen from the hotel, retail and office categories.

A special award for Thailand’s Real Estate Personality of Year will also be named by the editors of Property Report. Presented to an individual whose influence and achievements resonate across the Kingdom, the coveted title’s previous recipients include 2016’s Dr Suriya Poolvoralaks, managing director of Major Development, and 2015’s William “Bill” E. Heinecke, founder and chairman of Minor International, a four-time winner last year that swept the hotel categories.

Winners of the 11th Thailand Property Awards 2016 held on 23 September at Plaza Athenee Bangkok (a Royal Meridien)

The top winners from Thailand will be eligible to participate in the grand finals of the Asia Property Awards held annually in Singapore every November, opening up their businesses to new audiences around the region.

The black-tie gala dinner, which happens on 15 September at Plaza Athenee Bangkok, will begin with a two-hour international cocktail networking reception, followed by a lavish four-course dinner, and the awards ceremony proper. Previous distinguished guests include Bangkok’s Deputy Governor Jumpol Sumpaopol, and former Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop, who attended the 2015 and 2016 events, respectively, as keynote speakers.

More information are also available on the official website.

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