Published: Monday, 11 January 2016

Looking to grow yachting and marine tourism in Thailand is leading international yacht dealership, brokerage and service company Simpson Marine, and Thailand's only Five-Gold Anchor award-winning marina, Royal Phuket Marina.

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With world-class cruising grounds, a well-developed marine infrastructure and international-standard marinas, Thailand has become the beating heart of Asia's marine industry and Phuket the playground for yachting aficionados across the globe.

“I have been sailing in Phuket's waters for many years and the cruising grounds are truly world-class,” says Royal Phuket Marina Chairman Gulu Lalvani. “Phuket has now become the Asian Riviera. My vision for Phuket remains unchanged: to help develop the best yachting and marine infrastructure, and encourage quality visitors to come and enjoy the beauty of the island. I can see demographics of yacht buyers and charter guests is changing with more Asians enjoying the yachting lifestyle, and as most marinas are already full we are expanding our facilities at Royal Phuket Marina to accommodate more yachts.”

“We see more yacht owners choosing Phuket as their base and we will be opening a new Dry Stack at the marina which can accommodate boats up to 12 metres in length,” added Lalvani. “Owners can call to our marina team and within one hour we will have their boat out of the stack and in the water ready for them to go and enjoy Phuket's marine treasures.”

The Dry Stack will increase capacity at Royal Phuket Marina from 170 to 296 boats and will be finished and operating by the end of February 2016.

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(Royal Phuket Marina Chairman Gulu Lalvani)

Providing a more convenient and hassle-free yachting experience is at the heart of growing yachting in Phuket.

With more than 100 staff in 17 offices across Asia, Simpson Marine has been providing yacht services in the region since 1984 and in Thailand since 2004. With six boats in-the-water at this year's Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), Simpson Marine is determined to advancing yachting in Phuket and around Thailand.

“From our experience we see that more people are buying yachts in Thailand because of the beauty of the Andaman Sea and its surrounding waters,” says Simpson Marine Thailand Country Sales Manager Sergio Loiacono. “Coupled with the world-class marine facilities in Phuket, many of our clients opt to keep their boats here.”

Simpson Marine exclusively represents leading international boat brands Sanlorenzo, Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Yachts, Beneteau Power, Beneteau Sail, CNB Yachts, Lagoon and Viking Yachts in Asia.

At the recent PIMEX event, Simpson Marine's in-water display included the Monte Carlo 4, three from the Monte Carlo Yachts' range – MCY86, MCY70, MCY65 – and two catamarans, the Lagoon 630 MY and Lagoon 560 Imagine.

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“This year marks one of our strongest line-ups at the Phuket International Boat Show,” continues Loiacono. “Phuket has always been an important market for us and some of the highlights include the award-winning Monte Carlo Yachts 86, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht and the special edition Lagoon 560 Imagine. All three are making their debuts in Thailand at the show.”

Phuket and Thailand's yachting credentials are unrivalled in the region and as more yacht owners around the world look to Asia, and Phuket as the yachting destination of choice, the future for yachting is one of growth.