Published: Monday, 05 March 2018

The third edition of Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) – organised by lifestyle brand Verventia – came to a close on Sunday evening on February 25, welcomed a total of 4,730 visitors and a large fleet filling the Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket.

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(Photo: Verventia Pte)

The line-up at this year’s show saw a fleet of nearly 50 yachts, sailing boats and catamarans for sale or charter. Leading brands Ferretti, Feadship, Perini Navi, Princess, Sunreef and Sunseeker all had major displays.

“The 2018 edition of TYS has been excellent, especially given the very short lead time we had to work with again,” said Andy Treadwell, co-founder of the show with the Thai government.

“We achieved all our goals, with some significant sales made by our exhibitors, a good number of charter superyachts on display, a great social calendar and a wonderful ambience – it’s really proved the concept,” he added.

The 15-strong superyacht fleet included the 90m Cassens-Werft-built Lauren L, the biggest yacht ever to be exhibited at any show in Asia and presented by Titan Fleet Management; the 60m Feadship Paraffin, presented by Fraser Yachts; 47m Custom Line Happy Days, represented by Lee Marine; and the 38m Perini Navi La Numero Uno brought by Asia Marine.

Visitors were quickly drawn to the several catamarans on display. Multihull Solutions premiered the ITAC 54 at the Show, a power catamaran designed by Italian naval architect Riccardo Bulgarelli—and sold it on the second day.

They also sold a pre-owned Fountaine Pajot, and are confident of securing orders for at least two more boats from TYS visitors.

Multihull Solutions CEO Mark Elkington commented: “In all the 200 plus boat shows I have attended over the past 30 years or so, this has easily been one of the best, especially in terms of return on investment. We are fully committed to supporting this show and its sister show in Singapore—these are the most important events for us in this upcoming market.”

Princess Yachts, Britain’s leading yacht builder, had once again made one of the biggest displays in the show, and met several potential new clients.

“Without a doubt the TYS is the most important marine event in Thailand for us now, and we don’t see the need for any other boat shows going forwards,” said Vrit Yongsakul, Group Managing Director of Boat Lagoon Yachting, dealer for Princess Yachts in key southeast Asian markets.

“The event's timing allows us to organise VIP and customer sea trials in the morning and even during the show itself. This is an excellent way to showcase the marine lifestyle we are selling, while opening up to the public in the afternoon and evening.”

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Importantly, there were several international superyacht owners and captains on hand to confirm to government observers how much they would spend with local shops and service providers, if only they were allowed to stay in Thailand and charter each winter—potentially totalling hundreds of millions of dollars within a few years.

“With the partnership we have with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS), we are making great headway towards transforming Thailand into a new winter charter base for the global superyacht fleet,” Treadwell affirmed.

The Perini Navi La Numero Uno presented by Yacht Services Thailand is waiting for good news on the government’s promised charter license for foreign superyachts.

Owner-driver Mick Cotter was positive about the TYS: “The Show enabled us to meet a broad cross-section of different industry leaders and professional people, as well as some interesting potential customers. We really need this tax situation to be sorted out and the charter license to come to fruition now!”

Two new TYS’s sponsoring partners from Germany, BMW and Torqeedo, showcased their solutions for sustainable mobility on land and at sea.

Torqeedo’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, David Hunter, was enthusiastic about their first experience of TYS: “Overall it's been a huge success. The show has been good for us commercially, it was well executed, has huge potential, and we are proud to be supporting sponsors. The interest people have had in our new technology is phenomenal.”

The social calendar at TYS created an ambience for visitors perusing the fleet of boats and superyachts – from electric private parties or morning and dinner cruises afloat, to sunset cocktails on board catamaran Hype and charter yacht Illuzion.

Illuzion Group’s director Mohammed Alfathi said: “If I had to describe the show in one word, it would be spectacular! I recommend similar businesses to join this event—it’s great fun!”