Thailand Yacht Show Set For February 2016
Published: Friday, 04 September 2015
The first edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, previously the Phuket Yacht Show, is set to take place February 11-14 in Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina.
(Ao Po Marina)
The confirmation of the show, by organisers Singapore Yacht Events (SYE) Pte Ltd., follows a partnership agreement signed recently with the Marine Department of Thailand’s Ministry of Transport.
The event will be publicly announced at an international press conference and private launch party in Bangkok on September 16, hosted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Also in attendance will be new Minister of Transport Arkom Termpittayapaisith and Minister of Sport and Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, both also involved in and highly supportive of the yacht show.
The VIP event will take place on board the sensational 41m, Norman Foster-designed motoryacht Ocean Emerald moored alongside an exclusive waterfront venue in Bangkok for the evening.
Interest in Thailand’s charter potential has been building in recent months after discussions between key players in the local yachting community. Talks between SYE and the country’s Ministry of Transport resulted in the landmark announcement of a new license for foreign-flagged superyachts to charter in Thai waters.
(Andy Treadwell and Dr. Chula Sukmanop)
“With superyacht charter now being legalised in Thailand indeed, made very welcome - and with the Government and all the other stakeholders aligned, the time is right for us to launch the new yacht show with industry-wide support,” says Founder and Owner of SYE Andy Treadwell. “Ao Po Grand Marina is a perfect location for the event and we look forward to providing this new, crucial platform to capitalise on Thailand’s stated objective of becoming the principal yachting destination hub for Asia.”
Phuket is considered the main infrastructural hub for large yachts cruising the region, with over 100 superyacht berths available between the Ao Po Grand Marina and Phuket Yacht Haven alone, as well as ample first class service companies.
“Recent years have already seen a significant upswing in the number of foreign flagged yachts visiting Phuket, usually on the way to and from the rest of Southeast Asia, even without the ability to charter,” says Director General of the Thailand Marine Department Chula Sukmanop. “This year already, over 75 superyachts cruised through Phuket alone. We want to encourage these yachts to stay for longer and use it as a base from which to charter, and we want more and more of them to come.
The show promises to bring together potential buyers as well as the charter brokerage community to the well known Ao Po Grand Marina, which has a capacity of 260 yachts up to 1000-metres plus in length. At the same time, smaller yachts and boats, both new and pre-owned, will also be on display for sale as well as charter.