Thailand Yacht Show to return to Ao Po Grand Marina in December
Published: Monday, 13 March 2017
The third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show will take place from Dec 14-17 at Ao Po Grand Marina. Organisers have already planned a series of supporting events, along with major changes to the set-up and format of the Show. Key local industry leaders such as Lee Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Jeanneau and Multihull Solutions have confirmed their presence.
(Photos: Phuket Best Group - Second Thailand Yacht Show 2016)
Joshua Lee, Managing Director of Lee Marine, said: “We see TYS becoming the major large yacht show in the region, and we will be fully supporting the event going forward.”
Re-confirming their commitment to the Show for the third edition are Boat Lagoon Yachting, the representative of Princess Yachts since 1994 in South East Asia, and several other major brands including Jeanneau Yachts from the Beneteau Group.
Vrit Yongsakul, Group Managing Director of Princess Yachts South East Asia: “Without a doubt, the Thailand Yacht Show is the only important marine event in Thailand for us now, where we have had successful results, and as such we will be significantly increasing our display space for TYS 2017.”
Andrew de Bruin, Managing Director of Multihull Solutions Asia, said: “We are really pleased with the way the Thailand Yacht Show has so quickly become so important – 45 yachts in the first year was unbelievable. Although we primarily sell power and sail catamarans in the 40-80ft range, we are fully aware of the importance of developing the superyacht charter market in Thailand in order to get the PR and the tourism dollars coming in, and grow boating in general.”
Working with partners in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and all around the region, organisers of the Show will host exclusive VIP programmes for guests to experience the yachting lifestyle.
There will be exclusive sea-trial excursions, sunset cruises, watersports demonstrations and try-outs. In addition, the TYS team are planning four world championship competition events – P1 powerboat racing, foiling catamaran yacht racing, stand-up paddle boarding and kite surfing.
Spectators for all these events will have a close experience from the new viewing platform atop the breakwater that surrounds the marina. Then from 3-10pm the exhibition displays will be open to all, and the exhibition pavilion will be replaced by purposely-designed booths on floating platforms next to the yachts and boats, bringing all displays together in a single, on-water venue.
Ao Po Grand Marina has 24/7 unrestricted access and in addition to getting more people on the water, organisers plan to create a water sports festival with a number of activities and events each morning throughout the Show.
Andy Treadwell, CEO of 3L Events (Thailand) Co. Ltd, organisers of the Thailand Yacht Show, said: “Ao Po Grand Marina is the perfect venue for an experiential show aimed at attracting newcomers to the boating lifestyle from all over Asia.
“Our venue partners share our vision, and will create a 300m long viewing platform on top of the marina's breakwater which will provide a unique visitor experience from which to enjoy some new world-class events we have planned.
(Party on board ILLUZION)
“There are approximately 4,700 superyachts in the world, mostly based in the Mediterranean, of which probably a third or even half travel to cruise in warmer climes in the winter months – and together they spend hundreds of millions of dollars there.
“Our goal is to put Thailand on their radar, to make South East Asia a viable alternative to the Caribbean for the winter season after summer in the Mediterranean, and bring all that spending power here. Key to the success of this project is being able to charter in Thailand, where we have all the infrastructure necessary to attract them.”