The Thailand Yacht Show has officially launched at an international press conference and private launch party in Bangkok 16 September 2015, hosted byÂ Deputy Prime Minister, General Thanasak Patimaprakorn.
It was the P.M.’s initiative to create an international Yacht Show for Thailand, and make Phuket the principal hub for superyachts in Asia.
Andy Treadwell, founder and owner of SYE opened proceedings and commented:
â€œI am absolutely delighted that, thanks to the initiative of the Prime Minister himself, and the tremendous proactivity of the Minister of Transport and the Director General of the Marine Department in particular, we have recently been able to announce the new charter license for foreign-flagged superyachts. As a result, we are today able to launch a truly international yacht show for Thailand.â€
The proceedings took place at the Port Authority of Bangkokâ€™s VIP Reception Rooms, before guests were invited onboard the sensational 41m, Norman Foster-designed motoryacht Ocean Emerald â€“ the first yacht to have been presented with the new Superyacht Charter Licence by Minister of Transport today – moored alongside the conference party in the Port of Bangkok.
Invited to speak on behalf of the superyacht industry, Rico Stapel of Princess Yachts SEA addressed guests and commented on the partnership between SYE and the Marine Department:
â€œWe are delighted that the Marine Department has chosen to work with Khun Andy and his team on this new Yacht Show for Thailand; we have all seen the impressive show that they have developed in Singapore in a very short space of time, and we are fully confident that they are the best people to develop a fantastic show here too.â€
Already well known to superyacht owners for its superb cruising grounds, Phuket is strategically located for yachts coming from the Mediterranean to visit South East Asia and the Pacific beyond.
It is considered the main infrastructural ‘hub’ for large yachts cruising the region, with over 100 superyacht berths available between the Ao Po Grand Marina and Phuket Yacht Haven alone, as well as ample first-class service companies.