With just two days to go until the opening of the Thailand Yacht Show Pattaya 2022 (TYS), Asia’s first boat show in over two and a half years since the start of the pandemic, the boating market is extremely buoyant, to say the least…! So buoyant, in fact, that factories back in Europe and the USA cannot keep up with the demand, and compounding the problem has been a shortage of capacity with yacht transport to bring deliveries to Asia. Many brands and dealers are taking orders now for deliveries in the middle of next year and beyond.
It’s against this positive backdrop of opportunity that FLS Yachting Worldwide, a fast-developing international marine transport and logistics company based in Asia, have decided to enter the yacht transport market, and have come on board as the Official Yacht Transport Partner of TYS and show organiser Verventia’s campaign to grow yachting and yacht tourism in Thailand and Asia.
Verventia CEO, Andy Treadwell, is delighted: “There couldn’t be a better time for FLS to enter the market, or a better way to announce their arrival on the scene and ensure they quickly take their place in this business. All our clients – all the brands, all the dealers and all the brokers in Asia – are unanimous in welcoming the extra capacity that FLS Yachting Worldwide will bring,” he said.
FLS CEO, Torbjörn Larisch, is equally as enthusiastic: “We’ve been looking at this new business sector for quite some time now, ever since we started sponsoring yachting through the Platu Championship of Thailand. We’re delighted with the prospect of supporting the global yachting industry and are confident that our new relationship with Verventia will provide an excellent springboard into this business over the next few years. We’re very much looking forward to meeting all the TYS and SYS exhibitors,” he said.
World-famous brands like Azimut, Sunseeker, Gulfcraft and Silent Yachts, who are long-term partners and supporters of TYS, unfortunately have limited stock available to show at TYS 2022, as a result of pandemic-induced global supply chain and transportation delays. These companies and many more will, nevertheless, be exhibiting and supporting the industry; buyers can still order a new boat despite the current shortfall – and in the meantime, there are plenty of their boats available to charter!
It was the same story at the long-standing MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona last month, which attracts leading charter brokers from all over the world. Traditionally around 100 major superyachts are present at this show; this year, however, there were less than 20 yachts on display. All the major brokers still came to visit the event and despite a significantly smaller display, the event was its usual great success. TYS is expected to follow suit with a smaller yacht footprint this year, but with a more positive than ever outlook towards the future.