New Thailand Yacht Show ignites global yachting industryLast Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 10:01
The inaugural edition of the Thailand Yacht Show next February is on course to deliver an outstanding event, set to become a major regional platform for the global charter and brokerage industries over the next few years.
With more than 40 berths already booked since the launch event hosted by Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn just six weeks ago, organisers SYE are looking to expand the space reserved for the Show at Ao Po Grand Marina.
Local industry heavyweight Lee Marine, presenting brands from the Ferretti Group, Riviera, and Cantieri Del Marche as well as a number of superyachts, will have a significant display. Joshua Lee, MD and owner of the company, says: “Lee Marine is delighted with the announcement of the new Thailand Yacht Show, which in our view, promises to become the most important in Asia over the next few years. We will be presenting our biggest ever fleet of boats at any show in our 18-year history.”
Lee continues: “With the recent charter regulation changes in Thailand, the big yachts will now come and stay longer, so a charter yacht show integrated in a large scale boat show will complement this initiative perfectly. We will be giving our full support with events, sea trials and logistical back up for visitors to ensure it’s a fun and rewarding week for all involved. We invite everyone to join us Feb 11-14 and enjoy what promises to be a great event.”
Princess Yachts SE Asia, one of the most successful brands in the region, is also the distributor of innovative Italian brand Wider Yachts, Jeanneau, Prestige and superyacht marque Admiral, and has also booked an extensive section of the prime show berths. Vrit Yongsakul, Managing Director, is equally enthusiastic about the new event and what it will mean for his business: “We have have been selling the lifestyle benefits of yacht ownership and cruising in Thailand for many years. Now with the changes to the charter regulations and the launch of the new Yacht Show here for boats of all sizes, from small powerboats to superyachts, we have a really compelling proposition for all yacht owners and would-be owners. Come and experience one of the best boating destinations in the world next February - Princess Yachts will be there in full force with our world-leading line of boats and yachts!”
The Superyacht Charter section will welcome many of the world’s top brokers, some of whom have already booked prime berths while waiting for confirmation as to which of their fleet will not be out on charter in February and thus available for the show. Confirmed entries are the 41m M/Y Ocean Emerald, an ultra modern design by Lord Norman Foster, and the 51-metre Phinisi, S/Y Dunia Baru showcased by 37 South Yachts.
The Show will welcome SPLO Yachts, making its debut in the Thai market with its latest concept, SPLO 1200. This exciting boat could serve as a tender to a larger yacht or would be the perfect day boat for those wanting to discover Thailand's stunning islands. Leopard Catamarans also joins the Thailand Yacht Show lineup, presenting its innovative performance-driven yachts.
Air-conditioned pavilions filling up fast...
The bookings extend beyond the marina to the air-conditioned pavilions which will be erected on the 2,000m2 concourse behind the new offices and retail units at Ao Po. Visitors will discover an impressive display of luxury brands, as well as a range of well-known boating brands, charter agents, and marine accessories.
Among these will be VR Handle, designers and manufacturers of premium fittings for luxury properties and yachts; Menam Stainless Steel who manufacturer high quality marine fittings for luxury boats and superyachts; and East Marine, well-established in Phuket since 1997, who will showcase a range of nautical supplies.
To find out more about the exhibiting, sponsorship and trade opportunities, please contact us on . For more information you can also download the event brochure here or watch the film from the Official Launch with the Thai Government in Bangkok.