Published: Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Marine tourism in the Gulf of Thailand is about to boom. The fifth Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show Nov 24-27 is set to be the biggest with more boats on display, and new improved Customs rulings allowing visiting foreign vessels to stay longer in-country, together lay solid foundations for marine tourism growth in Pattaya and surrounds.

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(Photos: Ocean Marina)

Pattaya's multi-billion baht marine industry is poised to grow exponentially over the next few years.

“Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has grown steadily since it was launched five years ago,” says Ocean Property Managing Director Dr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol. “The event is a key business event for the marine industry and in addition to welcoming many domestic visitors each year, the event has grown to attract many international visitors. The confidence that the international community has in this event and Thailand's burgeoning marine industry underscores its potential and importance to the Thai economy.”

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(Boat Lagoon Yachting Charter Manager Rico Stapel, The Customs Department Director of Map Ta Phut Customs House Montira Cherdchoo, Ocean Property Managing DirectorDr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol)

Supporting Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show's aim to make Pattaya the Riviera of Asia, to promote marine tourism in the region and showcase the Gulf of Thailand, is a new ruling on the temporary importation of visiting foreign yachts.

“In the past foreign vessels entering Pattaya were given a relatively short period for temporary importation. This has now changed,” says The Customs Department Map Ta Phut Customs House Director Montira Cherdchoo. “The Customs Department in Pattaya has agreed that the ‘Temporary Importation Permit for Visiting Foreign Vessels’ will allow international yachts a period of six months stay which can be extended in-country, opening up the region's potential to visiting yachts from overseas.”

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(Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2015)

This means that Pattaya will become a hub for regional marine tourism and is set to welcome more than 1,000 international yachts and superyachts annually in the near future, boosting Thailand's tourism revenue.

“Many people are not aware of the beauty of this region. There are 187 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with 43 within one hour by boat of Ocean Marina itself. The cruising grounds are spectacular and the extended say allowed for foreign yachts will help open up the region. This is a very positive move and the region is ready to welcome more than one thousand foreign yachts annually,” adds Dr. Pipitsupaphol. 

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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is a large-scale international event that helps to drive marine business growth in the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya’s marine tourism fundamentals are strong and the region is expecting to become a leading marine tourism destination.

The four-day Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will showcase up to 20,375sqm of onshore and in-water exhibition space, including leading international boat and superyacht brands Admiral, Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Cranchi, CNB Yachts, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts, Prestige, Princess Yachts, Sanlorenzo, Viking Yachts and Wider, as well as a large selection of brokerage yachts, and displays by marine products and suppliers, lifestyle products and services, luxury property and more. One of the highlights of the show is that visitors can view and walk through a boat, and if interested can go out for a test drive. 

New Foreign Vessels Ruling Boat Show Helps Grow Thai Boating