PIMEX Wraps-Up After Record Turnout Of Visitors
Published: Tuesday, 12 January 2016
The 13th Phuket International Boat Show (Jan 7-10) at Royal Phuket Marina came to a close after four days of showcasing the region's best marine and luxury brands to a record turnout of visitors.
The show welcomed 5,500 visitors, 45 per cent of which were international – primarily Europe and Asia – with the event also seeing growth in the number of Thai nationals attending.
As the longest running marine and lifestyle show in Southeast Asia, PIMEX saw brisk trade with sales of boats, marine products and toys, and strong interest reported by exhibitors both in-water and in the Exhibition Hall.
“The show got off to a great start with two boats sold on the first day and a record visitor turnout,” says Andrew Dowden, Managing Director of Andaman Marine Consultants, organisers of the event. “In fact, the daily visitor numbers are up almost 30 per cent on last year as are sales across the range of businesses and products presented. One of the first boats sold was a mid-sized sail boat and it's very encouraging to see the diversity of exhibitors and sales, showing Phuket really is the heart of boating in the region.”
In addition to an impressive line-up of motor yachts by over 60 international brands, the Phuket event saw a 35 per cent increase in the number of sailing yachts and multihulls exhibiting this year.
(Simpson Marine's MCY 86)
Speaking of the growing interest in multihulls in the region, Managing Director of Multihull Solutions Asia Andrew de Bruin commented, “This is the Asian premiere of the Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67. This boat arrived in Phuket recently and over the last four days at the show there has been a lot of interest and we are very confident in securing a sale of a Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67, available ex-France, within the next week.”
Simpson Marine had one of the largest in-water displays at the show and were representing a portfolio of eight international brands from Viking sport fishing boats to Lagoon catamarans, Beneteau Power and Sail, the stylish Monte Carlo Yachts range and the made-to-measure superyacht brand Sanlorenzo.
“Being a multi-brand dealer with offices throughout Asia means we can take care of both international and local clients, and Phuket is increasingly becoming the hottest yachting destination in Asia,” says Simpson Marine Thailand Country Manager Sergio Loiacono. “Thailand is a key sales and charter market for us and we have seen a quality and diverse group of visitors at this year's edition of the Phuket International Boat Show.”
With the Thai Government looking to open up the superyacht charter market in Thailand, there was an increased showing of superyachts at this years show with the biggest, Gulf Craft’s 32.7-metre Majesty 105, attracting a lot of attention.
A selection of luxury properties, cars, premium lifestyle services and marine products in the exhibition hall rounded out one of the biggest and busiest Phuket International Boat Shows yet.
Following increased interest from superyachts, organisers will be offering a dedicated superyacht facility at next year's Phuket International Boat Show, which will take place January 5-8, 2017 at the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina.