Thailand Yacht Show kicks off this week

Written by Gemma Fottles

The Thailand Yacht Show will open its doors in Phuket in just three days’ time. Hosted from the 15th to 18th December at the Ao Po Grand Marina - following the inaugural edition of the event earlier this year in February - this second edition of the show will see a wide variety of yachts on display, the largest being the 90 metre Cassens-Werft built Lauren L.

Other notable yachts on display include the 60 metre Feadship superyacht Paraffin, the 51 metre HYS-built Northern Sun, and the 41 metre Alloy Yachts superyacht Destination. A fitting centerpiece to the exhibition, the Show will also display several of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's own self-built sailing boats, a tribute to the late leader’s passion for the sport of dinghy racing.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and the Marine Department, organisers state that the continuous progression of the show is demonstrative of their commitment to establish Thailand as the ‘marine hub of Asia’. “We are confident that the Yacht Show will help boost Thailand’s tourism industry, which in turn will translate into direct economic benefits for related local businesses - driving job creation, while distributing sustainable income and improving local infrastructure too,” commented Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sport.

Promoting marine tourism is one of our major goals for 2017 as part of the strategy to promote Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination,” continued Nappadon Pakprot, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor. “We expect the event will contribute to boost the number of yachts visiting Thailand to at least 2,500 yachts in 2017 to generate approximately 7,500 million THB into our economy and related businesses.

To register your attendance at the Show, head here.

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