Tuesday 3rd November 2015 Phuket International Boat Show press conference held at the prestigious Metropolitan Hotel by Como on South Sathorn Road, Bangkok and and Phuket Island Radio traveled to Bangkok to be there and support the event.

Phuket is currently delivering record tourism revenues for Thailand from FIT business and luxury sectors and the future does look bright.

Today we heard from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, Vice Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President,
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau and Mr Andy Dowden, MD Andaman Marine Consultants, and organisers of Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX).

Phuket International Boat Show Press Conference with Mr Andy Dowden

From left: Mr. Andrew Dowden, Managing Director, Andaman Marine Consultants, organisers of Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, Vice Minister of Tourism and Sports; and Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.

Phuket has an ideal mix of business and leisure facilities. More than 500 hotels, an international airport with direct international flights from all around the world, a well-developed infrastructure and plenty  of interesting attractions.

FIT travellers or Incentive Groups, the activities and facilities are second-to-none in Asia.  and activities makes Phuket a popular choice for business and leisure travellers.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, Vice Minister of Tourism and Sports said:

“The number of visitors to Phuket Island continues to grow year-on-year and recently we have seen a change in the demographics with more than 50% of visitors to Phuket today coming from Asian countries. Phuket is well-known around the world as a leading leisure destination and with ongoing infrastructure development and the expansion of Phuket International Airport Phuket will be able to manage future growth effectively,”

Phuket is one of the world’s top beach resorts and the envy of many.

With 13 public infrastructure projects totalling 42.3 Billion Baht either underway or in the pipeline, and the recent policy to support yachting industry growth, Central Government have dedicated vast resources to support the Island’s development on the back of its importance as a key revenue generator for the country.

Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), an official supporter of the 2016 Phuket International Boat Show, said:

“TCEB is the government agency working under the direct supervision of Prime Minister, our primary mission is to promote the MICE industry in Thailand. TCEB have earmarked Phuket as one of our five MICE Cities and as we approach the AEC we expect to see more regional events come to Thailand, and in particular Phuket, where its unique business and leisure combination is unrivalled. For this reason, TCEB is delighted to lend our full support to PIMEX, the premier regional marine and lifestyle showcase which includes international marketing activities and specific promotions, campaigns, roadshows and business matching events in target countries and that aims to increase business opportunities for exhibitors to meet and talk and encourage more buyers to attend.”

Phuket International Boat Show Growth.

Andy Dowden went on to say:

” Phuket’s marine industry has grown more than 500% and today is a 10 Billion Baht-a-year industry. From just a few hundred boats prior to 2003, Phuket now welcomes more than 2,000 boats and more than 70 superyachts each year,”

Andy Dowden owner of Phuket International Boat Show.

Mr Andy Dowden

Having championed the Island’s marine industry and it’s beauty for more than a decade, the Phuket International Boat Show has averaged year-on-year growth of 11% and contributed six Billion Baht to the industry in 2015 through sales and leads generated from the Show,” added Dowden.

For 2016, organisers have increased available in-water space and expect to have more than three Billion Baht of products on display in-the-water and in the Exhibition Hall. Fifty international boat brands from superyachts to trailer boats, sail and power, will be on display together with over 150 businesses including luxury cars, properties, marine products and lifestyle products and services.

The 13th Phuket International Boat Show will be held 7th to 10th January at Royal Phuket Marina.

For more information visit The Phuket International Boat Show Pimex.

Phuket Island radio traveled to Bangkok to attend this very important Press Conference at it’s own expense and along with it’s support for  the 13th Phuket Raceweek sailing regatta owned and operated by Media Business Services Co Ltd will continue to promote and support water based and Marina based activities and developments in and around Phuket.