Phuket International Boat Show 2015 By The Numbers
Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2015
The 12th Phuket International Boat Show saw four busy days of deal making at Royal Phuket Marina. A record of more than 5,000 visitors made PIMEX 2015 one of the biggest yet.
“We're very happy with the turnout and with over 5,000 independently verified visitors this year it is one of the busiest shows to date,” says Andy Dowden, PIMEX Show Director. “However, our focus for PIMEX goes beyond the numbers. Our focus is on attracting quality visitors, the type with an interest in the offerings at the show and those who have purchasing power. Having talked to many people at the show, the feedback from exhibitors and the interest from serious buyers has been very encouraging. We expect there to be a lot of business done after the show as a result of leads made at the show.”
Following a record number of 2,000 visitors on the first day, thousands of interested buyers from within Thailand and overseas enjoyed the offerings onshore and in-the-water with visitors continuing to arrive long into the evening. Confirmed sales at the show include real estate, products by Sea-Doo and Quadski, lots of interest in brokerage boats with offers made, as well as contracts signed for new builds and luxury cars.
The boardwalk at Royal Phuket Marina was abuzz from opening to closing with a collection of pop-up bars and eateries complementing the established restaurant outlets. The marina atmosphere was accentuated by a packed in-water display of 51 boats.
“The quality of boats on display included many of the top brands from around the world as well as Thailand's leading dealers and brokerages,” says Dowden. “With boats from 32-foot to 112-foot the variety was impressive, as was the 17 boats over 20 metres in length – another record for PIMEX. With 51 boats displaying, the in-water space for the show was close to full. We are already looking at expansions in-water for 2016 and new ideas onshore, which will increase the available exhibition space and also enhance to the visitor experience.”
The dates for the 13th Phuket International Boat Show are January 7-10, 2016 at Royal Phuket Marina.