With boats on the docks, visitors on the pontoons, cold beer cider and Panama hats offering shade and sustenance from the blistering heat the Thailand Yacht Show draws to a close today.
A splattering of charter brokers and dealers have expressed satisfaction with the way the event unfolded. “This Show has brought a whole new standard of event to Thailand,” said one dealer.
Andy Treadwell, creator of this event said of the first few days“In order to stimulate growth in the leisure marine industry in any strategic location, you have to look further afield. We have to encourage overseas yacht owners to come to discover Asia with their boats, and at the same time persuade wealthy lifestyle-seekers from all over the region to come and try out yachting. This show is all about visibility, not only locally, but also internationally.”
One dealer said “Usually at boat shows in Asia we expect to meet a large number of people who have never been on a boat before, and want to ‘have a look’ out of sheer curiosity,” said one of the international-brand brokers. “But here at the very first edition of the show, we are immediately talking to visitors with genuine interest, who have done the research already, and now want to see what the product really looks like. It’s very refreshing.”