Phuket, 6 January, 2017 – The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) presented by Thailand Elite, is being held at the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina from 5-8 January, 2017 with more than 120 marine businesses and luxury brands from around the globe represented at the annual event. The annual event, now in its 14th year, takes place during Phuket’s peak season when villa owners, jet-setters and the wealthy elite are enjoying the island’s famed luxury lifestyle.
Mr. Andy Dowden, Managing Director of Andaman Marine Consultants, organiser of the Phuket International Boat Show said, “We have an excellent line-up of boats in-the-water and represented at the show, including many top global brands. Interesting this year is the increase in the number of sail boats on display, in particular multihulls.
“Following the reduction in duties and taxes on international boats from more than 200% to zero in 2004, Phuket has become the home base of choice for regional boat owners. The island today welcomes more than 2,000 yachts a year and is a 10 Billion Baht-a-year industry, and through PIMEX and the business it generates at show and post show, we expect to contribute more than 6 Billion Baht to the island’s economy.”
Known for its large in-water display of top international boat brands, this year event excels with 40 boats in-the-water, and most of the top international sail and power boat brands represented, including Admiral, Airship RIBs, Axopar, Azimut, Beneteau, Corsair Marine, Fairline, Fleming, Fontaine Pajot, Galeon, Gulf Craft, Hanse, Jeaneau, Lagoon, Mag Bay, Majesty Yachts, Monte Carlo Yachts, Moody, Prestige, Princess Yachts, San Lorenzo and Sunseeker, just to name a few. These are joined by models from local builders Cholamark Boat and Sunnav.
Leading dealerships Simpson Marine and Boat Lagoon Yachting have the largest in-water footprint and are joined by displays from Northrop and Johnson, Derani Yachts, Go Boating Thailand, MGC Marine, Multihull Solutions, South East Asia Yacht Sales and Services, and Asia Marine.
Onshore highlights include a large selection of brokerage yachts, premium properties, luxury cars, super bikes from Harley Davison, as well as exclusive membership offerings from Thailand Elite. A comprehensive array of marine products and services including engine suppliers, chandlery, Seabob, paddle boards, yacht charter, marine tours, Rip Curl and more round out an exciting PIMEX 2017 line-up.
“The signs are strong for a good show this year. Following an extensive national and international marketing campaign we are expecting thousands of visitors to enjoy the quality exhibitor line-up and unique waterfront atmosphere of Royal Phuket Marina over the four day show, including potential buyers flying in from key markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Russia and also Bangkok,” added Dowden.
The 14th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) takes place from 5 to 8 January, 2017 at Royal Phuket Marina. Open 11:00 – 20:00 daily, entry is free.