Just weeks after the 13th 2016 Phuket International Boat Show closed at its Royal Phuket Royal Marina venue, the organisers confirmed the 2017 show dates 5 to 7 January.
Andaman Marine Consultant, the event managers, said they have brought the 2017 event forward a few days to catch Phuket’s peak Christmas-New Year period when the island is at its busiest with second-home owners and high-spend visitors.
The 13th Phuket International Boat Show, 7 to 10 January, closed, on a high note with the organisers reporting a record attendance of 5,500 visitors of which 2,174 were trade visitors sourcing business with the 123 exhibitor booths.
inside no 6Of the 5,500 visitors an independent audit confirmed the key visitor markets were ASEAN (54%) and Europe (25%).
The highlight of the show was the Majesty 105, the larger Superyachts and boats from the Gulf Craft range.
Gulf Craft representative, Go Boating Thailand managing director, Tony Nixey, commented: “Phuket is increasingly becoming the hottest yachting destination in Asia. Thailand is a key sales and charter market for us and we have seen a diverse group of visitors at this year’s edition of the Phuket International Boat Show.”
The annual Phuket International Boat Show is held at the Royal Phuket Marina and is positioned as the premier consumer boat show in Thailand.
Over 60 international boat brands were present at the show including a line up speedboats, ski boats and four superyachts priced at over THB360 million each.
Following indicators that the Thai Government recognised the importance of the superyacht charter market to attract high-spend visitors, there was an increased showing of superyachts at this year’s show. Overall there was a 35% increase in sailing yachts and multihulls exhibiting this year, underpinning Phuket’s position as one of the top yachting destination in ASEAN.
The organisers say the 2017 show will feature a dedicated superyacht zone.
The show was supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and TCEB as part of their strategies to establish Thailand as a “marina hub”.
Meanwhile, less than a month after the Phuket International Boat Show, a start-up event ‘Thailand Yacht Show 2016’ opened, 8 February, at the Ao Po Grand Marina, at the northern inland side of Phuket island.
The Thailand Yacht Show continues to 14 February with 50 participating yachts. Organisers claim it will draw 2,000 attendees. It also gained marketing support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Other boating events scheduled for Phuket this year include the 19th Bay Regatta, Cape Panwa Hotel Raceweek, 20 to 24 July, which will be an opening event of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix and Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous.