The breath-taking Thailand yacht holiday location will host the 13th edition of its longest-running Boat Show, the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), from January 7 to 10, 2016. The event is expected to feature more luxury yachts, thanks to the recently introduced 12-month superyacht charter license for foreign-flagged yachts over 30m.
“What this means for Phuket and Thailand is an increase in the number of international superyachts coming to the country. Seventy superyachts visited Phuket this last season and we can expect that number to rise above 100 annually in the near future with the potential for Phuket to more than double the number of superyacht arrivals within five years,” said Mr. Andrew Dowden, Managing Director of Andaman Marine Consultants, organiser of the Phuket International Boat Show.
The Phuket International Boat Show has promoted Phuket and Thailand’s marine industry for 13 years, and has helped put Phuket on the map as the marine playground in South East Asia. “The Phuket International Boat Show has averaged year-on-year growth of 11% over its history and through sales and leads generated from the Show contributed 6 Billion Baht to the industry in 2015,” added Dowden. “For 2016, we have increased available in-water space and expect to have more than 3 Billion Baht of products on display in-the-water and in the Exhibition Hall. On the back of the government’s superyacht initiative we expect to see a bigger presence of yachts over 30m and to grow the Show 30% across the board.”
The Phuket International Boat Show annually attracts over 5,000 visitors from more than 30 countries. The 2016 event can accommodate over 50 boats in-the-water up to 35m in length and more than 150 businesses in the air-conditioned Exhibition Hall. More than 70% of the in-water space is sold and the line-up of boats and businesses to date includes more than 70 different marine and luxury lifestyle brands.