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Thailand Yacht Show Success on  Phuket

The Thailand Yacht Show 2016, which took place at Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina, was hailed a great success by exhibitors and guests alike. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Ministry of Transport and the Marine Department. It shows the government’s commitment to further establish Thailand’s reputation as a premier yachting hub in Southeast Asia.

“We are confident that the Yacht Show will help boost Thailand’s tourism industry, which will in turn translate into direct economic benefits for related local business – driving job creation, while distributing sustainable income and improving local infrastructure too,” said Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s minister of tourism and sport.

An impressive range of crafts were on display at the three-day event, including the 60m Feadship superyacht Paraffin. As a tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a selection of His Majesty’s self built boats were also on display. The late King was known for his passion for sailing, and Phuket’s King’s Cup Regatta, which also takes place in December, was named in honour of His Majesty.

“Promoting marine tourism is one of our major goals for 2017 as part of the strategy to promote Thailand as a quality leisure destination,” said Khun Nappadan Pakprot, the TAT’s deputy governor. “We expect the event will contribute to boost the number of yachts visiting Thailand to at least 2,500 in 2017 to generate approximately THB7,500 million (US$209 million) into our economy and related businesses.”

The opening ceremony of the event was one of the highlights for visitors, and included performances from traditional Thai drummers and dancers. At the ceremony, Andy Treadwell, the managing director of the yacht show, discussed how large a part Thailand’s superyacht industry could play in stimulating the whole economy. “Our aim is to realise the vision of the Prime Minister, in addition to his government, to position Thailand as the natural destination capital for yachting in Asia, and the preferred winter destination for the global superyacht fleet,” he said.

Khun Ormsin Chivapruck, the deputy minister of transport, also revealed that the Ministry of Transport is evaluating Thailand’s superyacht charter regulations, the implementation of yacht-friendly immigration policies and reviewing its custom policies.

Thanks to the double-width pontoons at the Ao Po Marina, there was plenty of space for visitors to browse the yachts that were on show. There were also plenty of pop-up bars and hospitality suites for guests to enjoy.

Another highlight of the event of the event was opening party at Rock D’Deck, presented by SevenStar Yacht Transport. “We believe in the potential of Asia as a world-class yachting destination just as much as the Thailand Yacht Show organisers, and we are absolutely delighted to add our support to this flagship event,” said SevenStar’s Sales manager, Peter Staalsmid.
 

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