Published: Thursday, 01 August 2013
Mike Fulton

Some 200 local and international exhibitors are expected to attend Taiwan’s first-ever boat show when it opens its doors to the public in May next year in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

Exhibitors Confirmed For Taiwan International Boat Show

Organised by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Kaohsiung City government and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the first Taiwan International Boat Show will be held from 8 to 11 May, 2014, at the newly inaugurated Kaohsiung Exhibition Center.

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s yacht-building capital. Local exhibitors will include Horizon Yachts with three models on display: a 56-footer, an 88-footer and the largest yacht at the show, the 110-foot RP series.

There will also be a 58-foot yacht from Johnson Yachts, a 48-foot sailing yacht from Tayana Yachts, a 44-foot yacht from Global Yacht Builders, a 68-foot yacht from Grand Harbour Yachts and a 37-foot model from Shing Sheng Fa Boat Building. Jade Yachts will also be present with four yachts on display.

Other builders such as Kha Shing Enterprises, Nova Marine, President Yachts, New Ocean Yachts and Dyna Yachts are still deciding which models to exhibit.

Exhibitors Confirmed For Taiwan International Boat Show

Marine equipment and components will also feature heavily. Confirmed exhibitors include Aritex, Asia’s largest yacht hardware and accessories manufacturer and marine propeller-manufacturer SOLAS.

“With the US and European yacht markets still in the doldrums, Asia has become the new emerging market. Through Taiwan’s geographical advantage, foreign manufacturers can now enter the Asian market, in turn attracting manufacturers from Australia, America, Japan, Hong Kong and China to the exhibition,” said an organisers’ statement.

The Taiwan International Boat Show will be the only professional exhibition of yachts and yacht-related equipment in Taiwan and is slated to be the only indoor boat show in Asia to showcase powerboats, vessels, accessories, maintenance services, water recreational activities, tourism and other related products and services.