Organisers of the 6th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show are expecting more than two billion baht (US$60m) of trade to be generated by the show, which runs from November 23-26 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand.
The four-day event is a key consumer boat show in the region, showcasing global boat brands and marine products to a Thai market with a growing appetite for the marine leisure lifestyle.
The show is also part of the government's policy to make Thailand the “Marina Hub of ASEAN” by showcasing the leisure marine credentials of the Gulf of Thailand.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, around eight million people visited Pattaya in the first six months of 2017, with spending up 15% on the same period in 2016.
“Pattaya is showing strong growth in visitor arrivals and receipts, and is central to the development of the country's Eastern Economic Corridor,” says Tirachai Pipitsupaphol, managing director of Ocean Property. “Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has an important role to play in this, being the leading platform for marine businesses to promote their products and services to a domestic and international audience.”
Top international yacht brands will exhibit alongside Thailand's leading marine businesses with pleasure yachts and commercial vessels ranging from under 1 million baht to superyachts priced at more than 200 million baht. New and brokerage boats, charter services, Thai boatbuilders, and a wide range of marine products and services will be on display over the four days.
“Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show actively promotes the Gulf of Thailand with its spectacular cruising grounds and world-class onshore facilities, and generates a direct economic gain for the marine and tourism industries in Thailand's east through trade at the show and business stimulated thereafter,” Tirachai adds. “This year we expect the show to exceed more than two billion baht in trade.”
With the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) a national government priority, Ocean Marina Yacht Club has been actively working with government departments and authorities to promote and develop the East Coast and Gulf of Thailand's leisure marine facilities.
“Thailand's east coast has huge leisure potential,” says Scott Finsten, harbour master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club. “The natural marine assets are relatively untouched and following changes by the Customs Department last year we are receiving more enquiries from international pleasure boats and superyachts who wish to berth themselves in Pattaya and discover the Gulf of Thailand.
“We are also seeing more Thai people chartering boats for private vacations and more charter companies opening up in the Gulf region to cater to this market,” he adds. “In terms of day trips to nearby islands, this segment is growing rapidly – in H1 2017 18,000 people on average per month departed from Ocean Marina Yacht Club to the islands, up 60% year-on-year. All this bodes well for the local marine industry and provides a solid foundation for further growth of the marine leisure sector in the Gulf of Thailand.”
More than 6,000 people are expected to visit the 20,375sq m of onshore and in-water exhibition space at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, which kicks off the Asian boat show season.