Ao Po Grand Marina To Host Second Thailand Yacht Show
Published: Thursday, 24 November 2016
At Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket will host the second edition of Thailand Yacht Show Dec 15-18. The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and the Marine Department.
(Photos: Phil Blake - Thailand Yacht Show in February)
The show will welcome visitors from all over the region to view and try out a line-up of premier yachting, boating and luxury brands. Following on from the success of the inaugural show in February 2016, many brands will return to show their support for Thailand’s new national boat show.
At a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand Yacht Show Managing Director Andy Treadwell, Minister of Tourism & Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, and TAT Deputy Governor Noppadon Pakprot, along with many other important officials and key business leaders gathered to announce the exciting developments for December’s Show and to reconfirm their commitment to make Thailand the marine hub of Asia.
The enhanced marine infrastructure generates immense potential economic impact for Thailand. Yachting Tourists spend more than any other tourism sector. On average, superyacht owners will spend between US$1 million and US$2 million (THB35.45 million-THB70.9 million) in the country in which the yacht is based for a season.
“We are confident that the yacht show will help boost Thailand’s tourism industry, which in turn will translate into direct economic benefits for related local businesses – creating jobs, while distributing sustainable income and improving local infrastructure too,” Wattanavrangkul says.
“Promoting marine tourism is one of our major goals for 2017 as part of the strategy to promote Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination. We expect the event will boost the number of yachts visiting Thailand to at least 2,500 yachts in 2017 to generate approximately 7,500 million THB into our economy and related businesses,” comments Pakprot.
With its warm hospitality and endless, extraordinarily beautiful cruising grounds, Treadwell believes that Thailand is the place where more and more boaters and yacht Owners will come to use their yachts and enjoy life.
“We want to make Thailand the yachting and boating capital of Asia, but also the preferred winter destination for the global superyacht fleet. There are 5,000 superyachts over 30m in the world, and only 35 of them visited Thailand last winter. We want to get at least 200 of them coming here, and spend their dollars here instead of in the Caribbean, in the next two or three years,” says Treadwell.
The inaugural show in February welcomed over 70 brands, 4,700 participants and 40+ yachts and boats. The line-up for the second edition will feature more of the region’s premier yachting and luxury brands – from stylish superyachts to the latest launches, TYS 2016 promises to offer something for everyone. Visitors will have a chance to view and even try out boats and yachts presented by Lee Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Simpson Marine, Asia Marine, Multihull Solutions, Hong Seh, Leopard Catamarans and Burgess Yachts, among many others.
(Norman Foster designed Ocean Emerald)
Highlights include the return of the Norman Foster designed Ocean Emerald, a contemporary masterpiece that offers Michelin star on-board dining and a wealth of luxurious on board facilities; the Sanlorenzo 46Steel superyacht Forwin with its stunning new refit, and the brand new Galeon 460 Flybridge, which will make her Asian debut at the Show.
Ao Po Grand Marina has direct access into Phang Nga Bay and potential buyers can step on board the displayed yachts and head out for a sea trial. The popular catamaran Hype will be hosting a series of morning cruises around the Bay’s beautiful islands for those looking to venture out to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling before the show opens. The popular demonstration platform return and guests can enjoy the on-water activities – Flyboards, Seadoos, sailing boats and paddle-boards – courtesy of show partner Java Yachting.