Sell-out Phuket International Boat Show promotes Phuket as the yachting playground of Asia
More than 60 international yacht brands and 120+ businesses exhibiting to visitors from around the world. The 13th Phuket International Boat Show opened it’s doors today to an eager public with one of the strongest line-ups of marine and lifestyle products in the show’s history. Commonly referred to as “Asia’s favourite boat show” it has indeed become Phuket’s Boat Show, is the longest running marine and lifestyle show in South East Asia and will run over four days from 7th to 10th January at the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina.
More than 60 yacht brands from around the world are displaying at this year’s Phuket International Boat Show including four superyachts and two of the largest multihulls ever seen in Thailand. Boats ranging from 20 foot upwards, both sail and power, are open for viewing by an expected 6,000 visitors during the show.
“I am proud to say the Phuket International Boat Show is a sell-out. All the in-water space is taken and the Exhibition Hall looks fantastic. Following the Thai Government announcement of a new 12-month superyacht charter licence for foreign-flagged vessels, we have seen a notable increase in enquiries from superyacht brokers and agents around the world. What is very encouraging though is not just the quality and size of some of the boats in the show this year, but also the variety: there are more sailboats and multihulls than ever before, the smallest boat on display is 20 foot and there are entry level boats for under THB2 million,” commented Mr. Andrew Dowden, Managing Director of Andaman Marine Consultants, organisers of the Phuket International Boat Show.
In addition to yachts for sale, there are charter companies, yacht service companies, marine products and water toys, as well as a range of luxury cars, properties and more on offer in the waterside Exhibition Hall and Town Square.
“This year’s mix of exhibitors really is one of the most diverse yet. We have luxury property offerings from Phuket and beyond, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and BMW, and every conceivable marine product and brand showing their wares. In addition, there are lots of activities for families and children to enjoy making the boat show a fun day out for all,” added Mr. Dowden.
2016 Phuket International Boat Show in numbers:
Over 60 international yacht brands represented and more than 120 businesses exhibiting.
1,768 foot (539 metres) is the total length of boats on display.
Total value of boats on display is more than THB4 billion.
There are three boats valued approximately THB360 million each and the cheapest is less than THB2 million.
Total value of products on offer at the show is more than THB15 billion.
With a world-class infrastructure Phuket continues to attract wealthy visitors, yacht owners and investors to its shores every year. 40% of the world’s population lives within a six hour flight of Phuket and within easy access are two of the world’s biggest countries – India and China. With three billion people on Phuket’s doorstep and spectacular cruising grounds the potential for yachting and marine leisure tourism is huge, underscoring Phuket’s position as the marine destination of choice in Asia.
The 13th Phuket International Boat Show is open daily 11:00 to 19:00 from 7th to 10th January at Royal Phuket Marina.
About Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX)
Now in its thirteenth year, PIMEX is an established and successful event in the marine and leisure calendar. PIMEX 2016 will include a large in-water display, together with 2,500 sqm of indoor, waterfront exhibition space. There will be a diversity of displays from as far afield as China, Australia, Italy and France.
Like its location, PIMEX is a relaxed event where participants celebrate the boating, leisure and luxury lifestyle in an ideal tropical destination. The show is more than boats on display but also an opportunity to see the latest luxury products, properties and engage in some Phuket hospitality.
About Royal Phuket Marina
Royal Phuket Marina is a world-class, luxury, Mediterranean-style marina and entertainment and lifestyle hub with open air restaurants. It is also the only marina in Southeast Asia offering private moorings on the doorsteps of its luxury residences. The state-of-the-art outer marina with its 120 berths and 24-hour security is now fully occupied and has become the home to many of the island’s premier yachts.
On Phuket’s eastern seaboard overlooking scenic Phang Nga Bay, Royal Phuket Marina is Thailand’s first lifestyle community rivalling top marina resort communities in Europe and the Caribbean.
Duncan Worthington/ Nungruthai Julakul
by Cathy McLean