On 8th January this year over 25 superyacht industry professionals met during Thailand’s PIMEX boat show to discuss the possibility and need for the creation of a superyacht association for the Asia-Pacific Region. While there are a number of existing country level superyacht associations (notably Australia, Singapore and Indonesia) there is no single body promoting the region as a whole.
Those attending the meeting were hugely positive about the creation of an association and agreed in principle to begin work to create and launch the new body.
Knowledge among captains and yacht owners of this “third cruising destination” is very low and a major objective of the association would be to communicate the unique benefits of the region to superyachts based around the world. In addition, much needs to be done to open all territorial waters to visiting yachts and the association would play a major role in lobbying Governments and explaining the economic benefits that visiting super yachts bring.
Initial plans for the association are being created and a further meeting will take place in Singapore in April after which it is hoped that the Association will be formalised and begin work.
Anyone wishing to join the association can contact the Superyacht Singapore Association, Thai Marine Business Association or The Indonesian Superyacht Association for more information.
Superyacht Singapore Association