BY APB Staff on 12 Jan 2024

Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports opens the event with speech emphasising Thailand's commitment to becoming a premier destination for luxury marine tourism.

Thailand International Boat Show

The second Thailand International Boat Show has opened with a ceremony at Royal Phuket Marina in Thailand.

The free four-day show, which runs from 11 to 14 January, showcases luxury yachts, private jets, the latest in marine technology innovations and more. Over 50 yachts are lining the marina, and organisers say they expect over 6,000 visitors in total, including 3,000 HNWIs from around the world — a similar figure to last year’s inaugural edition.

The Thailand International Boat Show 2024 was officially opened by Kitti Chaodee, secretary to Thailand’s minister for tourism and sports, who, in his opening address, noted the show’s role in boosting tourism. Chaodee also highlighted the importance of tourism as a mechanism to help Thailand’s economic recovery.

Building on the success of the inaugural show, this year’s event has expanded in size. It boasts a multi-billion display of sail and motor yachts in the water ranging in price from under 1 million baht up to superyachts worth more than 400 million baht.

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Charter yachts are also on display, including the 40-metre superyacht M/Y Silentworld, which is being presented by TJB Superyachts of London and Iseo Yachting of Hong Kong, recently formed by longtime industry professionals Adam Blackmore and Bryan Tse.

Speaking at the official opening, Adul Chuthong, deputy governor of Phuket, shared that Phuket is developing sustainable tourism strategies that will cement its position as a global destination that meets international standards. Recognising the importance of marine tourism and the Thailand International Boat Show, the deputy governor stressed that continuous tourism growth will help to empower and develop a strong local economy.

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“We’re excited to welcome visitors from around the world to what is our biggest Thailand International Boat Show yet,” says David Hayes, CEO of organisers Jand Events. “Visitors can enjoy the diverse line-up of boats on display in the water, which is complemented by many leading luxury brands and businesses who are exhibiting in the marquee onshore as well as a packed four-day social programme. The show is designed to be an enjoyable, fun and interactive experience for all members of the family and a platform to drive business for Thailand’s marine industry.”

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In addition to the exhibitor displays, visitors can enjoy the waterside eateries along Royal Phuket Marina’s boardwalk, daily live entertainment and social activities in the evenings, and family activities on Children’s Day.

The Thailand Yachting Conference took place for the first time this year. It took place the day before the boat show (on 10th January) and welcomed expert speakers and delegates from across Asia-Pacific.

Also debuting this year was Robb Report Thailand Best Of The Best Yachting Awards, which celebrated the leading lights in Thailand’s yachting industry at a Gala Dinner the evening before the show opened.

Winners included Ocean Marina Jomtien, which was honoured as the Best Marina in Thailand. “Tonight Ocean Marina Jomtien was awarded the Best Marina in Thailand award,” said harbormaster Scott Finsten after the ceremony. “I am incredibly humbled and honoured, but none of this would be possible without the support of my staff and Ocean Properties.”

Thailand Interrnational Boat Show

The Thailand International Boat Show 2024 runs until 14 January, 2024 at Royal Phuket Marina and is open daily from 1pm to 8pm (7pm on Sunday 14 January). Entry is free.

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