Speaking to media at the show's partner hotel, W Singapore–Sentosa Cove on Thursday, February 21, Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of organisers Singapore Yacht Events, unveiled a number of the yachts and boats that visitors can expect to see at the April gathering and revealed why he believes that the Singapore Yacht Show is playing a significant part in positioning Singapore as a true "Monaco of the East".
Set to open on April 18 for four full days this year, the show will welcome the award-winning, 57.5m sailing yacht Twizzle, designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by Royal Huisman in Holland, who will make her international boat show debut at the Singapore Yacht Show.
British builder Sunseeker will be exhibiting some of their world-leading range of production yachts for the first time at the event, including their 40m flagship motoryacht Tanvas, built specially for an Asian client in 2010, and a newly-launched 20m model.
Another hugely popular British brand joining the lineup for the first time this year is Princess Yachts, part of LVMH’s luxury brand portfolio, who will be exhibiting no less than seven vessels at SYS.
They join other world-renowned builders such as Riva, Fairline, Grand Banks, Hanse Yachts, Sealine, Cranchi and the stunningly innovative Wider Yachts will have smaller boats on display for those looking to explore their coastline by day boat. At the superyacht end, Palmer Johnson, Benetti, Royal Huisman, Westport, Kingship, Azimut, Aycer Yacht and Gulf Craft will all be represented, while leading local dealers and brokers such as Simpson Marine, Luxury Yachts, Premium Nautical and SG Boating will all be participating with many more exciting announcements to follow shortly.
Now heading into its third year, the show is achieving what it was always asked to deliver – an event with the vibrancy, quality and reputation of the world’s best marine shows, providing a genuinely meaningful marketing platform for the international industry in Singapore, the true gateway to the Asian market.
Organisers have added plenty of complementary lifestyle elements to the bill, too. Private aircraft manufacturer Embraer joins the list of exhibitors in the Luxury Pavilion, alongside BMW M-Cars and Lamborghini, and leading contemporary fine art galleries. International realtors iProperty, will also be presenting their showcase of regional high-end properties, and international fashion houses, live bands and a world-famous nightclub will be presenting live shows during the social events.
This year the Singapore Yacht Show will also sit alongside two business-to-business conferences held on April 16 and 17; the annual Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference, and the inaugural Singapore Private Aircraft Conference & Expo (SPACE). In addition, a forum for the international luxury industry, entitled Luxury Keynotes – Understanding Wealth in Asia, is being co-organised on Friday 19th April with event partners Robb Report magazine
Undisputedly, the Singapore Yacht Show 2013 will be the region’s premier lifestyle event, set in a magnificent location. Conveniently held at ONE°15 Marina Club, the Show lends itself perfectly to sunset cocktails and uber-stylish waterside dining at the club and at all the neighbouring bars and restaurants lining the show on Quayside Isle.
Mr Treadwell comments that the opening of Quayside Isle and the eagerly-anticipated W Singapore – Sentosa Cove “really completes the visitor experience of the show, offering the perfect stopover to absorb the sights and the sounds in style”.
The Singapore Yacht Show has grown to become a yachting event that rivals some of the most important boat shows in the world, thanks to the support of the local yachting and boating industry and the Show’s sponsors and partners. Based on the quality of its exhibitors and discerning High Net Worth visitors, there is little doubt that the Singapore Yacht Show is playing a very significant part in positioning Singapore as the South East Asia business hub for the international yachting and boating industry.