Thailand Yacht Show Excites Yachting Industry
Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015
The inaugural edition of the Thailand Yacht Show (Feb 11-14) to be held in Phuket is on course to deliver an outstanding event, set to become a major regional platform for the global charter and brokerage industries over the next few years.
(Launch of Thailand Yacht Show in Bangkok)
With more than 40 berths already booked since the launch event hosted by Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn just six weeks ago, organisers SYE are looking to expand the space reserved for the show at Ao Po Grand Marina.
Local industry heavyweight Lee Marine, presenting brands from the Ferretti Group, Riviera, and Cantieri Del Marche as well as a number of superyachts, will have a significant display at the 2016 event.
“Lee Marine is delighted with the announcement of the new Thailand Yacht Show, which in our view, promises to become the most important in Asia over the next few years,” says Lee Marine Owner and MD Joshua Lee. “We will be presenting our biggest ever fleet of boats at any show in our 18-year history.”
Lee continues: “With the recent charter regulation changes in Thailand, the big yachts will now come and stay longer, so a charter yacht show integrated in a large scale boat show will complement this initiative perfectly. We will be giving our full support with events, sea trials and logistical back up for visitors to ensure it’s a fun and rewarding week for all involved.”
As the distributor of Italian brands Wider Yachts, Jeanneau, Prestige and Admiral, Princess Yachts Southeast Asia has also booked an extensive section of the prime show berths.
(Ao Po Grand Marina)
“We have been selling the lifestyle benefits of yacht ownership and cruising in Thailand for many years,” says Princess Southeast Asia Managing Director Vrit Yongsakul. “Now with the changes to the charter regulations and the launch of the new yacht show here for boats of all sizes, from small powerboats to superyachts, we have a really compelling proposition for all yacht owners and would-be owners.”
The superyacht charter section will welcome many of the world’s top brokers. Confirmed entries are the 41-metre M/Y Ocean Emerald, an ultra modern design by Lord Norman Foster, and the 51m Phinisi S/Y Dunia Baru showcased by 37 South Yachts.
The bookings extend beyond the marina to the air-conditioned pavilions that will be erected on the concourse behind the new offices and retail units at Ao Po. Visitors will discover an impressive display of luxury brands, as well as a range of well-known boating brands, charter agents, and marine accessories.
(Photo: Dunia Baru/Mark Eveleigh)
Among these will be the designers and manufacturers of premium fittings for luxury properties and yachts VR Handle, as well as Menam Stainless Steel who manufacturer high quality marine fittings for luxury boats and superyachts and East Marine showcasing a range of nautical supplies.
More than just the four days of the show, festivities will include activities for boat owners and the yachting industry alike.