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Organizers of the Singapore Yacht Show have created a new charter yacht show, the first to be held at Phuket Yacht Haven in Thailand in mid-December 2014.
The show will combine charter, the boating industry in general and luxury lifestyle events.
Phuket Yacht Haven, located in the northeast corner of Phuket, is the biggest superyacht marina in the Asia-Pacific region. It is being redeveloped and will include a yacht club with facilities for captains and crew and 40 more superyacht berths, 30 of which will be ready for the show. Upland improvements will include residences, apartments, restaurants and marine industry business units. A private access road off the main highway and a new car park has already been completed.
“After several years of really focused promotion, the numbers of yachts visiting Asia is at last becoming significant, and growing rapidly,” said Andy Treadwell, managing director of Singapore Yacht Events. “We see this huge region from Myanmar and the Andaman Sea to Australasia and the Pacific Islands as being very important for the international industry.
“This event will help to showcase everything the Asia Pacific region has to offer and at the same time, we want to introduce the yachting lifestyle to the potential client base here,” he said. “There is a lot of wealth, but as yet, little experience of boating.”
The Asia Pacific region is becoming a winter destination for Mediterranean-based owners and captains, with more than 50 large yachts passing last winter in Phuket, according to a news release about the show.