After four whirlwind days at Ao Po Grand Marina, the second edition of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), which included the Thailand Yachting Forum, concluded 18 December.
The second edition of the new Thailand Yacht Show, created by organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show, saw visitors enjoying sea trials and glamorous parties on superyachts, fashion shows, supercars and the very latest in on-water toys.
Held in partnership with the Thai government, the event was held under the patronage of the Minister of Tourism and Sport Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the Chairman of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Kalin Sarasin, and the Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn.
With 60 exhibitors, and 55 vessels on display including 18 superyachts, the second edition of the Thailand Yacht Show was a good sign of things to come, according to organisers and exhibitors.
At the Opening Ceremony, managing director Andy Treadwell addressed the crowds with a clear mission: “Our aim is to position Thailand as the natural destination capital for yachting in Asia, as well as the preferred winter destination for the global superyacht fleet.”
He went on to explain that attracting charter superyachts and stimulating boating and yachting in Thailand would have a major economic impact on the country’s economy by bringing in the highest-spending tourism sector in the world, as well as creating jobs, global high-end PR, and stimulating inward investment.