The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) ushered a move to gather the yacht industry in one major event in Thailand and demonstrate united support for the government’s yacht tourism initiative.
Andy Treadwell, CEO of Verventia Pte Ltd, owners of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), Gael and Olivier Burlot, owners of Asia RendezVous, and Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, announced to collaborate in producing one combined boat show in Phuket from 10-13 January, 2018 and under the name “Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous”.
Phuket’s premier waterfront destination located on the island’s east coast, Royal Phuket Marina has been a boat show host for almost 15 years now. Over the years it has ushered in Russian and Chinese boat buyers in what is predominantly a European buyer base. The upcoming edition “will be bigger and better than ever” as the major players join hands.
Gulu Lalvani said: “Our primary aim is to support Thailand’s marine industry and provide the perfect venue for a yacht show in Phuket. Joining hands to make a single show in Phuket was the best thing to do for the industry. Having talked with many in the industry it was clear that they all wanted that show to be held at Royal Phuket Marina. Our strategic central location on the island makes it the easiest to access for visitors and exhibitors, and our waterfront exhibition hall means the indoor and outdoor displays are alongside each other ensuring it’s easy for visitors to explore the entire show.”
While hosting one grand show reduces any confusion with visitors and exhibitors, it also means exhibitors can focus their resources on a single show and put on fantastic displays and activities for visitors.
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