BY Ryan Swift on 11 Apr 2023

The 2023 edition of Thailand's B2B luxury yacht charter showcase starts November 16

The Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA) has announced that the third edition of their key event, The Thailand Charter Week, will be held from November 16 to 19, 2023.

The Thailand Charter Week is a B2B event that brings together yachts, marine industry people, sponsors, and potential visitors to explore the potential of Thailand’s luxury yacht charter business. The Thailand Charter Week will once again be held at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.

The Thailand Charter Week was inspired by such events as the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona.

International and local charter brokers and those involved in the luxury tourism business will be introduced to Phuket’s best-known charter yachts and find out more about the destinations and activities associated with yacht charter.

An organising committee of TYBA members will run the event with the participation of leading international charter brokers and other local charter companies.

Last year’s event hosted senior officials from the Thai government, including Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Narong Woonsiew, the Governor of Phuket.

Thai officials inspecting superyacht Xanadu during the 2022 Thailand Charter Week

Yachts on display included Mia Kai, a 30m Bilgin, Xanadu, a 34m Moonen and Indiana, a 39m Bilgen. They were among the largest of a fleet of 18 charter yachts at the event, ranging from just over eight metres to 39 metres.

“Thailand Charter Week 2022 is a fabulous marketing platform that works well with Thailand’s strategic marine tourism plan. This luxury yachting event will help promote Thailand as a marine tourism destination, offering premium charter yachts and superyachts to international and domestic charter brokers,” said Phiphat in his opening speech at the 2022 event.

Read: TYBA announces new Phuket superyacht marina

Phipat added that Thailand needs more marinas, “especially superyacht marinas”. He pointed to the development of the new Port Macchanu Marina as a “big move for Thailand”. The new superyacht marina, announced in September 2022, is to be located just west of Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.

Thailand Charter Week 2022 at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and travel restrictions, tourist destinations like Thailand have apparently been rethinking their approach to tourism, trying to create a new emphasis on higher-end, luxury tourism that is less impactful.

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