YPI celebrates at 2012 Hainan Rendez-Vous

The company celebrated its launch by bringing the biggest yacht ever to China’s leading luxury lifestyle event…now YPI Asia, the Asian arm of Monaco-based Yachting Partners International (YPI), celebrates the opening of three offices and its growing team at this year’s 3 rd Hainan Rendez-Vous.

It has been almost exactly one year since YPI launched YPI Asia, the company dedicated to serving the needs of superyacht owners and charterers across the Asian region and in particular China.

We are the only full service brokerage house with three dedicated offices in China and Hong Kong,” says YPI Group CEO, Bertrand Vogèle. “We have grown from just one office in Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong to three offices with optimal locations in Shenzhen and Nansha as well as growing the team with some great new broker talent.” “The secret to YPI Asia is my Chinese team,” explains YPI Asia Managing Director, Olivier Besson. “They understand better than any foreigner how the market works and what our Chinese clients need and want. The link with YPI means they have access to 40 years yachting experience, know-how and networking – that’s indispensible.”

Whilst the world’s second largest economy may still be developing and the number of Chinese billionaires falling, almost 11% of the 1,226 billionaires on the recent Forbes List 2012 come from China and Hong Kong (133 in total) with one billionaire, 83 year old Li Ka-Shing, adding a record value to his wealth to become the 9 th richest man in the world.

The names change on the List,” says Olivier, “but the wealth remains constant in China today. Marina construction is at an all-time high and Chinese investors and industry are buying into some of Europe’s ailing but renowned yacht builders so the next generation of quality superyachts from the likes of Ferretti, for example, can be built here in China.”

The only way to properly serve our Asian clients,” says Bertrand, “is to provide the full YPI brokerage, charter, management and new-construction service and with a team that understands China and how Chinese people want to enjoy their yachting. Shows like Hainan give us a wonderful opportunity to meet new clients and network with some old ones too.”

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