New dates for the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) have been confirmed as February 22-25, 2018, to be held at Phuket’s Ao Po Grande Marina as previously. The second edition of the Thailand Yachting Forum will be held on February 21, 2018. TYS was originally due to be held in December 2017 but the necessary approvals from the Tourism & Sports Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand were delayed.

Andy Treadwell, CEO of show organiser 3L Events, recently met with the various Thai government departments involved in both the Superyacht Charter Licence project and the forthcoming edition of the show and said the outcome was positive indeed. “It is clear that everyone now agrees that there is a lot to be gained by making foreign superyachts welcome,” he says.

“Many captains and owners will be interested in wintering in Thailand if they are suddenly allowed to charter here. Once the necessary changes are all officially confirmed, which we believe will be very soon, then we can realistically expect that the other ASEAN nations will join in – and then the global fleet will have a quite amazing new winter yachting destination to consider.”

At a further meeting the same day with the Minister of Tourism and Sports, together with officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the TYS organisers got the final go-ahead for the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, which was conceived to drive the charter licence project and the development of Thailand as the major yachting hub for Asia.

Importantly, as a result of the last two year’s progress on this project, a new marine tourism strategy, particularly luxury marine tourism, has been formally adopted as part of the government’s 2021 Tourism Master Plan, with TYS as its principal marketing platform for the government’s yachting initiative.

In a statement the organisers said: “One of the most important focuses of the third edition of TYS will therefore again be on superyacht charter, and another being the “experiential” style of the event. Unlike any other boat show, visitors will be able to get out on the water in Phang Nga Bay and try out a whole range of watercraft – sailboats, sports-fishers, dinghies, tenders, water sport boats, day-cruisers and superyachts alike.

All the principal stakeholders believe that in order to maximise the potential for business now that the important decisions have been made, the show should take place in February 2018 (Chinese New Year) instead of December 2017.