The organizers of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) have announced revised dates for the third edition of the Show, which will return to Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina from the 22-25 February 2018, with the Thailand Yachting Forum (TYF) scheduled to take place on the 21 February 2018.
Andy Treadwell, CEO of 3L Events, organisers of the Thailand Yacht Show, recently met with the various Thai government departments involved in both the Superyacht Charter Licence project and the forthcoming edition of the Show, and said the outcome was very positive indeed.
“It is clear that everyone now agrees that there’s a lot to be gained by making foreign super-yachts welcome,” Treadwell commented. “Many captains and owners will be interested in wintering in Thailand if they are suddenly allowed to charter here. Once the necessary changes are all officially confirmed, which we believe will be very soon, then we can realistically expect that the other ASEAN nations will join in – and then the global fleet will have a quite amazing new winter yachting destination to consider.”
At a further meeting the same day with the Minister of Tourism and Sports, together with officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the TYS organizers got the final go-ahead for the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, which was conceived to drive the charter licence project and the development of Thailand as the major yachting hub for Asia. Importantly, as a result of the last two year’s progress on this project, a new marine tourism strategy, particularly luxury marine tourism, has been formally adopted as part of the government’s 2021 Tourism Master Plan, with TYS as its principal marketing platform for the government’s yachting initiative.
One of the most important focuses of the third edition of TYS will therefore again be on super-yacht charter, and another being the “experiential” style of the event. Unlike any other boat show, visitors will be able to get out on the water in Phang Nga Bay and try out a whole range of water craft – sailboats, sports-fishers, dinghies, tenders, water sport boats, day-cruisers and super-yachts alike. All the principal stakeholders believe that in order to maximize the potential for business now that the important decisions have been made, the show should take place in February 2018 (Chinese New Year) instead of December 2017. So the new dates are 22-25 February 2018, and the venue is once again at Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket.
About the Thailand Yacht Show
Phang Nga Bay, with its emerald green waters and stunning limestone islands, once again plays host to the third edition of the region’s premier experiential yachting event, The Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), staged in partnership with the Thai government. Returning to Phuket’s AoPo Grand Marina from 22-25 February 2018, the next Thailand Yacht Show will be unlike any other boat show, with visitors being able to actually get out on the water and try out a whole range of watercraft. Held during the Lunar New Year, one of the busiest times on Phuket when it is buzzing with regional visitors, the Show will place an emphasis on the experience visitors will have and how it will enhance their ongoing yachting lifestyle.