Earlier this week, the representatives of Thai government as well as the local marine industry gathered at Phuket City Hall to discuss how to develop the fantastic Thailand yacht charter destination – Phuket as the maritime hub in Asean. All agreed on the need for a special superyacht charter license.
“There are many superyacht owners who would bring their superyachts to Phuket if they could charter them while here, but currently the regulations deter them. I know many people who charter superyachts around the world for in excess of USD100,000 per week, and this revenue could come to Phuket if some changes are made. Introducing a charter license for superyachts who wish to charter in Thailand will fix the current problem and will significantly increase charter revenue for the country,” said Mr. Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina.
Boasting breath-taking cruising grounds and the best marina facilities in the region, Thailand is the destination of choice for superyachts coming to Asia. On average 50 superyachts currently reach Phuket each year and with amendments to the current rules and regulations this number is expected to increase significantly as more superyachts are encouraged to visit Phuket and Thailand, delivering revenue direct to the local economy.
“The superyacht charter license could be for one year. This would attract more superyachts to Phuket, and allowing them to charter while here will provide a lot of revenue to Phuket and Thailand. We hope to have this in place for the next High Season,” commented Mr. Chula Sukmanop, Director-General, Thailand Marine Department.