Returning to Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina, the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show will take place from 22-25 February 2018. The event is hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) re-confirm their commitment to promoting Thailand as Asia’s premier yachting hub.
Through its partnership with the Thai government, the Thailand Yacht Show team is undertaking an international destination marketing campaign to bring yacht owners, as well as prospective charterers and buyers, to experience Thailand’s luxury maritime lifestyle first hand.
Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Thailand Yacht Show, said: “Our aim is to make Phuket and Thailand the principal hub for yachting in Asia, and a new winter destination of choice for the global fleet of 5,000 superyachts which are predominantly based in the Mediterranean in the summer.
“Thailand’s beautiful yachting coastlines, dramatic landscapes, perfect year-round weather, and wonderful hospitality appeal to everyone, and with its excellent infrastructure, facilities, marinas and services to support at least 120 superyachts already, the country is a natural haven for nautical tourism.”
Some tax and immigration issues currently remain unresolved, but Treadwell believes the government’s enthusiastic and proactive stance on eventually changing these reflects their genuine desire to get the world’s biggest superyachts coming to Thailand and the wider ASEAN region to spend their millions of tourism dollars.
The lineup for the third Thailand Yacht Show will feature more of the region’s premier yachting and luxury brands – from stylish superyachts to the latest launches. Local and international visitors will have a chance to view and even try out boats and yachts presented by the country’s leading boat dealers and yacht brokers.
The extraordinary scenery of Phang Nga Bay will serve as a backdrop for electric shows, parties and social gatherings including special events on board yachts and floating night-clubs. The popular Demonstration Platform will return again, allowing more intrepid guests to test the latest yachting toys and accessories, and engage in diverse on-water activities.
*Photo credit: Thailand Yacht Show 2016 – Phuket Best Group