The fourth Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous, completely sold out both on land and in the water, opened its doors yesterday to over 1,000 yachting enthusiasts and wealthy lifestyle-seekers from around the region.
Opening the proceedings, Mr Apichart Chirabandhu, Advisor to the Minister of Tourism & Sport, said: "The Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism & Sports are delighted to continue to support the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous, to show our commitment to creating new opportunities that will boost Phuket's and Thailand's economies. By growing the marine tourism industry, we will attract quality visitors and high-end leisure tourists with significant purchasing power."
The Governor of Phuket, Phakaphong Tavipatana, continued: "With the energy and enthusiasm of the organisers who work on this project throughout the year, and the appetite of our government and our people to welcome foreign yacht owners to our beautiful cruising waters, amazing landscapes and world-renowned hospitality, we are confident that the annual Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous will continue to help develop an extremely valuable high-end nautical tourism industry for Thailand."
Andy Treadwell, CEO and Founder of the Show, commented: "This is a fantastic turnout of exhibitors, with almost 150 companies represented, justifying Thailand's government's continuing support for the show and the industry. There are 40 yachts being showcased by some of the best-known brands from around the world, as well as a wide range of luxury products and services in the completely sold-out Exhibition Hall. At our Superyacht Hub at the next-door private island, Koh Rang Noi, visiting superyachts like the 73m M/Y Titania is also available for viewing by interested charterers and buyers."
With three days remaining, visitors can enjoy the latest watersport toys, marine equipment and luxury lifestyle products, whilst also joining in the many activities along the Boardwalk. Activities include wine tastings, elephant painting by Elephant Parade and photo workshops by Nikon, as well as a Classic Car display in Royal Phuket Marina's iconic Town Square.
The Boardwalk comes alive each evening with live music and sunset sessions from the show's resident DJ, while the legendary dock parties are the place to be and be seen rubbing shoulders with the glitterati.