BY APB STAFF on 10 Mar 2022

First leg of 6th edition has been delayed until summer, 'in response to requests from stakeholders'

Organisers of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) have confirmed the first leg of this year’s two-part show has been delayed until June.

The first part of the 6th edition of TYS will now be held at the Ocean Marina in Pattaya from June 9-12, delayed from the original dates April 7-10.

Meanwhile, the second part of the show is set to take place in Phuket in December, but dates have not been announced.

Organiser Verventia says in a statement that the decision was made “in response to requests from many of the main stakeholders”, and will allow “several brands, impacted by heavy production backlogs and overbooked shipping services, to get their latest models to the show.”

Verventia adds that the venue for the show’s VIP Lounge – Ocean Marina Hotel, hotel, restaurant and Yacht Club – is currently under re-construction, and will not be completed until May. “The new dates will allow the whole complex and its facilities to be open and available to visitors in all its reconfigured glory,” the statement concludes.

Verventia CEO, Andy Treadwell, says: “It’s really important, especially in these challenging times, to be flexible and work collaboratively with all our stakeholders – especially with our exhibitors, who pay for the marketing platform we provide. We all want the best possible turnout of yachts on show and the biggest possible number of interested buyers coming to view them – and this means accommodating, as far as possible, everyone’s wishes.”

In its announcement last month, Verventia said that the Thailand Yacht Show 2022 will be the first boat show to take place in Asia in over two years. The company announced in November last year that its Thailand show would be split into two parts, to cover the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman area. The show in Pattaya, which is expected to welcome 5,000 visitors, will focus on production yachts with a focus on the domestic Thai market, “with as many superyachts as are available in the area.”

The event in Phuket will focus on foreign-owned and flagged superyachts expected to arrive in Phuket from November onwards to spend the winter chartering in Thailand, thanks in part to the new superyacht charter regulations.