Published: Thursday, 19 September 2013
Mike Fulton

The Ocean Marina Yacht Club will host the second Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, showcasing the Gulf of Thailand's marine leisure industry and underscoring its position as a strategic yachting hub in Southeast Asia. To be held 22 to 24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club on Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, on Thailand's eastern seaboard, the event is expected to attract over 100 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors. 

Following the successful inaugural event in 2012, organisers are planning for it to be even bigger and better this year. Already 60 percent of the on-water display area is booked and reservations for the 2,600 square metres of onshore display space are strong, with marine businesses, luxury automobile brands and upmarket real estate in the offerings. 

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“Last year was the first Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show and we received a lot of positive feedback. We are building on that success and for this year have expanded the onshore space and re-developed the layout. Bookings have been strong and we are looking forward to an exciting show for both exhibitors and visitors,” said Mrs. Supatra Angkawinijwong, acting managing director, Ocean Property. 

The Gulf of Thailand's close proximity to the South China Sea opens up the area to yachts from Hong Kong and other areas further north, as well as Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand further south. The Gulf of Thailand provides idyllic tropical cruising with islands dotted off the shore and the untouched waters of Cambodia and Vietnam on the doorstep. 

“The Gulf of Thailand is a popular cruising area due to its strategic location in the region and the presence of world-class marina facilities at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. The Pattaya Boat Show will help cement the region's strategic importance and showcase what the Gulf of Thailand has to offer,” added Angkawinijwong. 

A large turnout of Thais, expats, tourists from neighbouring regions, entrepreneurs, investors, boat owners and property owners and media people are expected at the 2013 Show to enjoy a diverse display of products and businesses, including international yacht brands, marine accessories and services, yacht charters, water sports, automobile brands, luxury real estate, lifestyle brands and more. 

Both onshore and on-water activities and entertainment are planned, including free sailing trials, free kayak trials, lucky draws, cocktail parties, Dragon Boat races and a marina-side beer garden and a festival with a live band.