First Thailand Yacht Show to be officially opened by Prime Minister of Thailand

Posted on January 21, 2016


At a press conference in Bangkok last week hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Marine Department, three Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State along with the Vice Governor of Phuket, and special guest H E Paul Robilliard, Ambassador of Australia, demonstrated their support for the new Thailand Yacht Show.

With all parties joining the yachting and boating industries in support of the Government’s new policy to promote Thailand as the ‘marina and yachting hub of ASEAN’, as well as an international operational base for superyacht charters, the Show, which runs from 8 to 14 February at Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket, benefits from national significance and Government backing.

Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul commented: “…I am confident that the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will excellently meet the government policy, particularly in terms of marketing and public relations… the promotion of the (…) Show will definitely provide tremendous benefits to the Thai economy and society as a whole.”

Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport was also present and added: “I believe that this show will be a key driver for sustainable economic growth in all aspects ranging from promoting tourism sector to creating inspiration and vibrant atmosphere for marine tourism industry and other services …”

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will officially open the Show on Thursday 11 February.

Show organiser, Andy Treadwell commented: “I have worked with a lot of governments, but never with a more proactive and enthusiastic one, who completely understand the potential benefits for the local community and are totally dedicated to developing a successful future for yachting in Thailand. And it is not just about the superyachts. We are delighted that some of the biggest local and regional dealers – including Lee Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting and Simpson Marine – are all fully behind the government’s initiative, and are supporting the Show with a good number of smaller boats, as well as the large yachts they have for sale or charter.”

Burgess Yachts to present fleet of superyachts at inaugural edition
This major new yachting event continues to attract the elite of the superyacht industry. Burgess Yachts, one of the largest and most renowned brokerage and charter companies in the world, is using the event to showcase an exciting and diverse range of yachts. Each of the superyachts on display offers a unique platform from which to take full advantage of South East Asia’s extensive beautiful cruising grounds, with choices to suit a range of budgets and preferences.

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