Singapore Yacht Show organisers praised by all
Published: Tuesday, 23 April 2013
The Singapore Yacht Show concluded on Sunday April 21 culminating a very successful four days of what is set to become the de facto superyacht show in the Asian region.
The organisers had almost trebled the exhibition spaces this year and this paid dividends in attracting twice the number of exhibitors over last year’s event and also doubling the number of visitors to the event. Exact visitor numbers have yet to be released, but most exhibitors were pleased with the overall results.
Managing Director Singapore Yacht Events, Andy Treadwell, said: “The success of this year’s event came down to the enhanced quality, the large range of products on display and the increased number of exhibitors. This year we encompassed all the small boat industry in addition to the superyacht market that the show was initially known for specialising in. There was something for everyone.”
Exhibitors congratulated show organisers on a well run event, which most agreed is set to become the most important yachting industry show in the region. Most had held promising discussions with prospective buyers, especially from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, and were optimistic of generating healthy sales as a result.
Mark Cavendish, sales director of Heesen Yachts, was very happy that he had had some promising meetings with potential buyers and said: “We are very keen to develop the Asian market because I don’t know how much business there will be in Europe in the next five to 10 years.”
Alan Pickering, owner of Promarine said: “This is now probably the most important show in the region, and I think will continue to be so.”
The show had some headline yachts on display, including the 2011 Royal Huisman yacht, Twizzle, which is touring Asia. This was the first time that Twizzle has been showcased. Also on hand was the classically styled yacht Shamoun, the 60-metre I Dynasty from Benetti and Kingship's Star. Also on display was the current flagship of the Sunseeker fleet, the 40-metre Tanvas, and the 45-metre Vantage from Palmer Johnson. The event was kicked off with a gala dinner that had more than 400 VIP guests gathering at the W Hotel, along the marina waterside. Numerous other parties were in full swing on the docks over the course of the weekend.
The success of the show led to the signing of an agreement for Singapore Yacht Events to extend the show into China as a deal was struck with Nansha Marina to co-promote an event there. Eric Fok, the commodore of the Nansha Marina and Andy Treadwell of Singapore Yacht Events held a press conference on Sunday April 22 to explain the tie up and scope of the agreement. Andy Treadwell also reiterated that they are very keen to search out other potential collaborations with other shows all around the region.