The sixth edition of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show reported strong sales during its four-day run. It is estimated that around 6,000 people visited the event, which is the only boat show held in eastern Thailand.

In a quote on Thai online travel website TTR Weekly, Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, the acting assistant managing director of the Ocean Property Co Ltd, the show organisers, said: “There was an exciting line-up of exhibitors at this year’s Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show ranging from day boats to luxury superyachts as well as marine products.”

An estimate from the organisers suggested that business worth around Thai Baht 2bn (US$60m) was concluded during the event. The show was opened on November 23 by Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, ironically one of her last tasks as she was replaced following a government reshuffle.

Being the only show in the eastern part of Thailand as opposed to the series of shows and superyacht rendezvous held in Phuket, the Pattaya show is seen as an important element in the Thai government’s plans to boost marine tourism. The 2017 show included a good number of boats both afloat and on-shore which were both from international brands and local Thai builders.

This year’s show featured a strong in-water display of global yacht brands and Thai-built boats (pleasure and commercial), as well as a diverse range of onshore exhibitors.

Marina manager Scott Finsten was quoted by TTR Weekly, commenting: “The goal of the show was to expose more Thais to the leisure marine lifestyle, and to show them how much fun they can have on the water, as well as showcase the marine products and services in the Gulf of Thailand, and the region’s stunning cruising grounds, to international visitors.”

Napong, speaking about the Thai government’s investment in the area, said: “We expect the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project to drive economic growth on the East Coast and Pattaya in particular is well positioned to support and benefit from this growth, both off and onshore.”