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Thailand Yacht Show 2016 in Phuket, February 8-14, 2016

 MEDIA RELEASE – 12 January 2016 BANGKOK -

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Marine Department, and the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 organizers co-hosted a press conference in Bangkok to unveil its readiness to kick off the Thailand Yacht Show 2016, the gathering of superyachts in the region coupled with the most luxury yachting lifestyle activities in Phuket, Thailand. This inaugural yachting event aims to support the government policy to promote Thailand to become a ‘Marina Hub of ASEAN’ as well as stimulating Thailand’s economy and a tourism sector committed to national growth. The Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will be taken place from February 8-14, 2016 at Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket.

Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said: “To align with the government’s policy to rapidly increase the Thai tourism industry’s potential economic growth by stimulating both Thai and international visitors to travel in Thailand, and with the addition of the best facilities to maximize tourists’ experiences, I am confident that the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will excellently meet the government policy, particularly in terms of marketing and public relations. This will be a kick-off event of the year for the yachting industry in Phuket and will significantly support other forthcoming international yacht events, such as; The 19th Bay Regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Raceweek, the Asian Yachting Grand Prix , and Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous. Most importantly, the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will be a powerful platform for Thai entrepreneurs wishing to unveil their products and one-stop services to high-end customers ranging from yachting financial solutions, long-term leasing services, insurance services, on-board catering services, on-board yacht services by captains or yacht crews, after-sales services to technician services by well-trained and certified yachting experts. The positive news stemming from supporting the event as well as the introduction of yachting products and services will play a substantial role in improving the image of Thailand’s tourism, first and foremost, to promote Phuket as ‘Marina Hub of ASEAN’ through world’s media, creating worldwide recognition and elevating the overall image of both Phuket and Thailand. “Thailand Brand” as the “Valued Tourist Destination” and also “Quality Leisure Destination’ will be stronger which will later benefit our economy and society as it will help attract the high-end yacht market which has high purchasing power. The yacht market in Phuket between 2006-2014 recorded 3% average growth and will jump by no less than 3-5% from 2015. In addition, the promotion of yachting businesses will create employment and distribute sustainable income to local people while providing constant learning to entrepreneurs and labors to increase their specialized skills. Therefore, it can be said that the promotion of the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will definitely provide tremendous benefits to the Thai economy and society as a whole.”

Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, said: “Thailand’s marine leisure tourism is the top destination that has attracted considerable interest from both local and international visitors. With the Ministry’s highly supportive of the yacht show, it will predominantly promote Thailand to become a ‘Marina Hub of ASEAN’ while stimulating investors to discover the potential that yachting and marina business will be able to open up more business opportunities. This year, the Cabinet approved a fund of 15 million baht to organize this event and assigned the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to take full responsibility to ensure the success of the Show and promote a good image of Thailand. I believe that this show will be a key driver for sustainable economic growth in all aspects ranging from promoting tourism sector to creating inspiration and vibrant atmosphere for marine tourism industry and other services persistently. However, in order to achieve that, laws and regulations regarding foreign superyacht visits may need to be reviewed. The Ministry will discuss the matter with relevant agencies including the Marine Department, the Customs Department, the Revenue Department, and the Immigration Bureau to seek further solutions. We have recently announced the regulations and requirements for the new Superyacht Charter License that will allow foreign-flagged superyachts to stay and operate in Thai waters for one year. So far, three superyachts have been presented with the license. In addition, we will collaborate with the Immigration Bureau to facilitate in extending length of stay for the crew working on board a superyacht to one year, or equal to the yacht’s cruising deration. Meanwhile, the tax issue is being discussed among relevant agencies such as the Revenue Department. All these efforts reflect the government’s dedication to show the world Thailand’s potential of becoming a ‘Marina Hub of ASEAN’ and to promote Thailand as an operation base for superyacht charters.”

Mr. Kajornkiat Raksapanitmanee, Vice Governor of Phuket, said: “Phuket is widely recognized as one of the top marine tourist destinations among visitors from all over the world, and is also a preferred destination for entrepreneurs to carry out business investments. With its stunning cruising ground and strong potential to host the show coupled with unrivalled marina facilities in the region, I’m confident that it will definitely attract a huge number of visitors and entrepreneurs’ attention. What’s more, the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will create an exciting new travel experience and will be able to meet the event’s main objectives to the fullest.”

Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of 3L Events (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and the organizer of the Thailand Yacht Show 2016, said: “The Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will feature over 50 participating yachts and more than 2,000 attendees including yachting operators, yacht owners, shipyard operators, yacht repair service providers, investors, and the general public. To raise public awareness and attract interest for the Show, we are organizing a series of warm-up events including water sports and activities such as stand up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, and beach parties in several locations across Phuket during February 8-10, 2016. The Thailand Yacht Show will take place from February 11-14, 2016 at Ao Po Grand Marina.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the latest yachting innovations from various industry, and will be able to discover some of the world’s leading yacht brands.

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