Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016

The inaugural Thailand Yacht Show (Feb 11-14) has begun with an impressive array of superyachts and smaller boats lined up in Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina.

Thailand Yacht Show Gets Underway In Phuket

(Ao Po Grand Marina)

Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn officially opened the show along with other government officials. Founders and organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show are behind its new sister event in Thailand, working in close partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Marine Department.

This brand new international yachting event offers a dynamic presentation of on-water lifestyle, bringing together world-class yachts, glamorous parties, a remarkable range of luxury products and all the best-known boating brands.

The show comes at a time when momentum and interest in Thailand’s yacht charter potential is at its peak following a landmark announcement of a new licence for foreign-flagged superyachts to charter in Thai waters.

“The Thai Government is totally dedicated to developing a successful future for yachting in Thailand,” says TYS Managing Director Andy Treadwell. “We are delighted that some of the biggest and best local and regional dealers and brokers are all fully behind this government initiative, and are supporting the show with a good number of smaller boats, as well as the superyachts they have for sale or charter.”

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(Riviera 525 SUV)

Show highlights include the 73-metre M/Y Titania and the largest charter yacht permanently based in Asia the 69m M/Y Saluzi, presented by Burgess Yachts.

Ao Po Grand Marina-based dealer Lee Marine will be presenting a 12-strong line-up including a Pershing 92 with top speeds of 40 knots. Making her Asian debut will be the Riviera 525 SUV, from the brand’s adventurous crossover collection.

Boat Lagoon Yachting will present the 22.3m Princess Yachts 72 offering an expansive flybridge equipped with a wetbar, barbecue and generous seating. Also being showcased is the 13.3m Wider 42.

Yacht sales and brokerage company Simpson Marine will display a four-yacht lineup including the Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 70 designed by award-winning Nuvolari Lenard, as well as the Lagoon 560 Imagine, Lagoon 620 and the Aicon 85, listed for brokerage.

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(MCY 70)

Aside from the impressive array of boats on display, there will be a full schedule of exciting social events. The show will feature both private superyacht parties for Thailand's elite, as well as public events organised in partnership with Phuket’s top hotels and resorts.