Thailand Yacht Show: 15 – 18 December 2016, Ao Po Grandmarina Phuket
Following the successful inaugural Show in February 2016 which welcomed over 70 brands, 4,700 participants and 40+ yachts and boats, the second Thailand Yacht Show during December 15 – 18 will feature more of the region’s premier yachting and luxury brands – from stylish superyachts to the latest launches. Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and the Marine Department, visitors will have a chance to view and even try out boats and yachts presented by Lee Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Simpson Marine, Asia Marine, Multihull Solutions, Hong Seh, Leopard Catamarans and BURGESS Yachts, among many others. Highlights include the return of the Norman Foster designed Ocean Emerald, a contemporary masterpiece that offers Michelin star on-board dining and a wealth of luxurious on board facilities; the Sanlorenzo 46Steel superyacht Forwin with its stunning new refit, and the brand new Galeon 460 Flybridge, which will make her Asian debut at the Show.
With a wide variety of boats and yachts to choose from, and a fantastic show venue at Ao Po Grand Marina with direct access to Phang Nga Bay, potential buyers can step on board and head out for a sea trial. The hugely popular catamaran HYPE will be hosting a series of morning cruises around the Bay’s beautiful islands for those looking to venture out to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling before the Show opens. The popular Demonstration Platform will be there again, with guests welcome to try some of on-water activities that can be enjoyed – Flyboards, Seadoos, sailing boats and paddle-boards – courtesy of Show partner, Java Yachting.
Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sport, reaffirmed the Government’s support to make Thailand the marine hub of Asia as huge potential of this industry can benefit all Thai. “We are confident that the Yacht Show will help boost Thailand’s tourism industry, which in turn will translate into direct economic benefits for related local businesses – driving job creation, while distributing sustainable income and improving local infrastructure,” confirmed the Minister.
“Promoting marine tourism is one of our major goals for 2017 as part of the strategy to promote Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination. We expect the event will contribute to boosting 2,500 yachts visiting Thailand in 2017 to generate 7,500 million THB for related businesses,” added Mr. Nappadon Pakprot, the TAT Deputy Governor.
Thailand is the biggest and best yachting destination by far. With its warm hospitality and endless, extraordinarily beautiful cruising grounds. boaters and yacht owners can enjoy life. “We want to make Thailand the yachting and boating capital of Asia and preferred winter destination for global superyacht fleet. There are 5,000 superyachts over 30m in the world, and 35 of them already visited the country last winter. We expect at least 200 coming here in the next 2 – 3 years” stated Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Thailand Yacht Show