03 Mar Phuket, the RendezVous
Phuket, the RendezVous
3 March 2019
Having brought all the disparate previously competing parties together in a single Phuket boat show, the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous offered an all-embracing event at the Royal Phuket Marina for yachting enthusiasts and wealthy lifestyle-seekers from around Asia.
The event led international yacht dealers, brokerage houses, charter agencies and marine suppliers in abundance to showcase their brands, complemented by luxury property developers and a collective mix of lavish lifestyle products.
The industry’s global players joined Thailand’s key marine tourism stakeholders – including a strong attendance of representatives from national and local government – who have all thrown their support behind the Thailand Yacht Show’s four-year mission to open up Thai waters to foreign yacht tourism and grow the industry.
“The Thai Government remains unswerving in their determination to support and grow the yachting industry – representatives of every key public department came to a forum at the show, and to a second meeting. They all understand that this industry can bring much-needed cash into local businesses by changing regulations were necessary to enable foreign superyacht charter tourism. The private sector made it clear they wanted a single show in Phuket. The results speak for themselves, with confirmed yacht sales, lots of business transacted by exhibitors across all sectors, and good visitor numbers over the first three days,” said Andy Treadwell, CEO of show organizers Verventia.
Those visitors enjoyed the RendezVous in an elegant and festive atmosphere. Alongside a frenzied salsa were displayed exquisite appetizers prepared at the minute by expert cooks. Guests were watching fascinating dancers a coupe in their hand. At night, the marina was illuminated in multiple shades, installing an unreal ambience enhanced by the elephants all over the place. Created by the social enterprise Elephant Parade®, the majestic creatures were a delight for eyes, full of colors and creativity. And below them, of course, a remarkable collection of vessels: “As ever, Simpson Marine had the biggest display of new yachts at the show, representing our brands Monte Carlo Yachts, Beneteau, Lagoon, Aquilla and Sanlorenzo,” said Richard Allen, General Manager of Simpson Marine.
Speaking about the quality of visitors this year, Andrew de Bruin, General Manager of Multihull Solutions said, “It was top rate and our vessels received great exposure. The joining together of all the shows is a definite winner for all involved and we look forward to booking space in next year’s event at the first opportunity.”
Phuket’s position as Asia’s yachting playground is clear, and as more people experience it, word is spreading globally of the world-class cruising grounds and the onshore support facilities to match. Moored off the stunning island of Koh Rang Noi at the Show’s Superyacht Hub were a number of impressive visiting yachts, including the 54m M/Y Talisman Maiton and 73m M/Y Titania brought by billion dollar brokerage firm Burgess.
Latitudes had the chance to set foot onboard both vessels. Both were impressive, but, of course, Titania, with her Steinway piano in one of the lounges and her elevator gave us a glimpse of what being rich really means…
The Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous has been a key industry and government focus for changing local regulations to attract more international superyachts to the country, and results are beginning to show. Bloomberg’s latest global superyacht tracker recorded movements of superyachts between November 2018 and January 2019, and Thailand placed fourth as a winter destination behind St. Maarten, St. Bart and Antigua, welcoming an influx of superyachts during the Christmas and New Year peak season.
“The single show concept has proved to be a huge success for the industry. We will continue to work closely with the Thai government and the private sector to hopefully get the changes to the tax regulations we need,” added Treadwell. “Despite having only three months to prepare, we have seen excellent support from both the public and private sectors. What will we be able to do with a whole year to prepare the 2020 edition!”