10 January 2019
Having been home to the best yacht shows in Phuket for almost 15 years, Royal Phuket Marina is now hosting the country’s largest yachting and luxury lifestyle event from 10 to 13 January 2019, the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous, organised by Verventia.
Welcoming one of the biggest line-ups of international yachting and lifestyle brands, the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous will benefit from Royal Phuket Marina’s central location and its architectural master planning. This delivers a visitor-friendly yacht show layout where all displays are located either on water or around the water’s edge.
Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, commented, “What makes Royal Phuket Marina special is our integrated concept with easy access to boats in the marina, restaurants on the Boardwalk and the island’s largest exhibition hall right on the waterfront. This makes it an ideal boat show venue as visitors can move easily between displays without having to walk too far.”
“We’ve been working closely with the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous organisers and the show looks set to be one of the best ever, with a record of more than 50 boats in the show ranging from 10 to 54 metres. The in-water display is almost full and onshore there will be a packed calendar of activities and a number of exclusive functions that will help to raise the bar and make 2019 the best show yet.”
Recognising the importance of growing new markets, Royal Phuket Marina is collaborating with GoAir – the world’s fastest growing airline and the first airline to fly direct from India to Phuket. Together they have undertaken a strong media campaign targeting Indian Ultra High Net Worth Individuals to come to the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous, buy boats and keep them in Phuket.In addition, GoAir is offering 50 percent discounts on all flight tickets from India to Phuket for passengers who are registered to attend the show.
“India is the fastest growing market for Phuket, as shown by the C9 Market Update issued in December, and has huge potential,” said Lalvani.
“We are targeting Ultra High Net Worth Indians to buy and keep their boats in Phuket. There is little yachting infrastructure in India and import duties are 60 percent, whereas Phuket is the top yachting destination in Asia and has a world-class infrastructure, and import duties on boats are zero. With GoAir’s new direct flights to Phuket, Indians can now reach the island in less than four hours, and I expect to see more making Phuket their base for berthing and their number one choice for cruising.”
Home to the largest exhibition centre on the island – the 2,500 sqm waterfront RPM International Exhibition & Conference Centre – and the iconic town square and Boardwalk, totalling 3,400 sqm, Royal Phuket Marina has become a venue of choice for events of all sizes, including luxury product launches, gala dinners, concerts, weddings and more.