1st Phuket Yacht Show and 6th Hainan China Rendez-vous Postponed
Published: Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Organisers of the new yacht charter show for Asia have announced the postponement of the first edition scheduled to take place February 12-15 in Phuket Yacht Haven Marina, which is being extensively redeveloped to make it the biggest superyacht marina in Asia.
(Phuket Yacht Haven)
In a joint statement, the marina owners and the show organisers said that in the current conditions, due to circumstances beyond their control, it would be preferable to postpone the opening of the show to a later date.
Both teams regret the impact that this may have on exhibitors' plans, but will work closely with them to minimise this, and look forward to continuing the collaboration when the show's final opening dates are announced shortly.
(Rendering of Phuket Yacht Haven redevelopment)
One of the important reasons for the delay is that in the last week or so there has been a positive exchange with Thai Government officials indicating significant support for the new show later in the year - and, importantly, for a proposal from the show's organisers and local industry representatives to increase the number of superyachts coming to Thai waters from the Mediterranean for the winter season.
The government has subsequently announced that it intends to promote Phuket as an international yachting hub, and the show organiser says these discussions will hopefully progress quickly now.
Meanwhile in China, organisers have announced that the 6th China Rendez-vous at the Sanya Visun marina on Hainan Island scheduled for April 2-5 has been postponed. No reasons were given and new dates for the show have not been finalised.