Thailand’s Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is returning for its fifth edition this year with the largest display of boats and lifestyle products yet.
The show's organisers expect around 6,000 visitors to attend the event, which runs from November 24-27 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club on Jomtien Beach, and have expanded the in-water display area to accommodate the increased interest.
Around 22 boats up to 119ft in length were exhibited at last year's show, making it the biggest boating and lifestyle showcase in the Gulf of Thailand.
“Since launching Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show five years ago we have seen considerable growth in marine tourism and boat use in the Gulf of Thailand," says Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina. "The boat show has helped to position this region as a leading marine destination in South East Asia. Both the number of boat owners overseas choosing Ocean Marina to base their boats and the number of Thai people buying boats in the region has increased, and this trend looks to continue."
Exhibitors confirmed so far include Simpson Marine and Boat Lagoon Yachting, both of which have secured larger exhibition space this year. Also exhibiting are Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Cranchi, CNB Yachts, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts, Prestige, Princess Yachts, Viking Yachts and Wider.
Superyacht brands represented at the show include Admiral and Sanlorenzo, and a large selection of brokerage yachts will also be available for viewing.
“Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show continues to attract leading marine and luxury brands and 2016 looks to set a new benchmark,” says Tirachai Pipitsupaphol, managing director of Ocean Property. “With increased exhibition space onshore and in-the-water, and already many top boat brands having confirmed their attendance, we're looking forward to welcoming more than 6,000 visitors and showcasing the Gulf of Thailand.”
Around 68% of visitors at last year’s event were Thai, a key demographic for organisers and exhibitors, and a statistic in-line with Ocean Marina's experience of a boom in the number of Thai people spending time on the water.
“The number of Thai people enjoying the boating lifestyle has increased exponentially in the last five years,” adds Finsten. “Not only are more Thais coming to Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show as a way to learn about boating and to research and buy products, but we see more Thai people chartering boats, getting out on the water and enjoying the beautiful marine playground here in the Gulf of Thailand.”
Ocean Marina has undergone a phased expansion over recent years. With 380 berths for boats up to 50m (180ft), it is said to be the largest marina in all of South East Asia.