Serious Buyers Flock To Singapore Yacht Show Despite Daily Downpours
Published: Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Serious buyers and quality visitors were in abundance despite the poor weather that afflicted this year’s Singapore Yacht Show Apr 23-26.
“The presence and enthusiasm of serious buyers and HNWIs was felt strongly at this year’s show, with most exhibitors already committing to return next year with a bigger and better presence,” says Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of Singapore Yacht Events, the owner of the show. “Obviously the heavy rain every day was very disappointing, but we are happy to hear that this has clearly not impacted the calibre of the visitors or the overall satisfaction of our exhibitors.”
All the major yachting and boating brands expressed their satisfaction with the show, with Simpson Marine achieving record sales and several signed contracts, including an Azimut 80 and three Lagoon 630s, a yacht that made its Asian debut at the show.
“Despite terrible weather, the serious buyers were not deterred and came out in full force,” says Mike Simpson, Managing Director of Simpson Marine. “We could not have asked for better results and we continue to see year-on-year growth at the show. The buyers came from across the region, including Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. This clearly demonstrates the show’s importance and reach in Asia.”
“We look forward to coming back next year and hope the weather will be better,” says Lisa Peck, Global Marketing Manager at Fraser Yachts.
“Due to the tremendous number of sales experienced over the last four days, we intend to renew our presence here next year on a much larger scale,” says Phil Bourque, Global Account Manager of first-time exhibitor, Seakeeper.
“FunAir has enjoyed their second year at Singapore Yacht Show where we have had great success with our inflatable slides, trampolines and climbing walls for yachts,” says John Courtney, Business Development Executive at Fun Air.
The Lucanna Luxuria Auction received tremedously positive feedback.
“The Singapore Yacht Show is a landmark event and I have been attending it for the last two or three years,” says visitor and bidder, Philippe Wimmer. “I love the maritime flavour the show brings. I am here (at the auction) as all the pieces are amazing but specifically I came for the watches. People who love yachts generally love watches and in particular the Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700—it’s outstanding!"
A definitive crowd pleaser at the show was the Supercar Rendevouz, where a colourful convoy of sleek and sexy Lamborghinis and Ferraris were displayed at the Esplanade. Saturday afternoon saw a Concours d’Elégance of classic and heritage cars, which provided visitors with a taste of historical sophistication.
Other highlights of the show included the attendance of Anastasia, a 75.5-metre superyacht and the largest displayed at the show.
The show ended on a high note at the Exhibitors’ and Sponsors’ Closing Party, held on all three floors of One°15 Marina Club’s Iconic Tower with a celebratory glass of champagne.