Sustainable Success for Ocean Marina Pattaya
Boat Show 2019
Four days of beautiful sunny weather greeted
visitors to the 8th annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show from 21
– 24 November.
The show was opened by Mr. Napintorn Srisunpang,
Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports, and other VIPs.
More than 20 brands of boats were represented
with leading brokers
Simpson Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting and Azimut Yachts all present at the show with in-water displays as
well as Technohull, Capelli and Funseeker.
Howard Prime, Simpson Marine's Country Manager
for Thailand, said, "We were expecting to have reduced numbers on
2018, and in fact the footfall is slightly down so far, however
the sort of client that we have seen looking at all of our boats
has been quite serious and from that point of view we are quite
pleased with what's going on."
When asked how he measures the success of attending a boat show,
Howard said, "It's simple, we just look at the numbers. We look at
footfall, we look at the quality of the lead that we have looking
at either the power or sail boat ranges that we represent here in
Asia. We look at the information that we require and ultimately
how many boats we sell from it. At the moment, looking at
the early stages of information, it is looking quite promising."
The Food Festival was a focal point through each
day and into the evening as visitors gathered to enjoy delicious
bites from many of Pattaya and Bangkok's leading
restaurants and food trucks such as London Pie and Prime Burger,
as well as refreshing drinks from leading beer, cider and wine
companies such as The Londoner, Pattaya Wine and San Miguel.
The helicopter rides proved a big hit, with
visitors taking the chance to see Jomtien and Pattaya from above,
whilst the free yacht cruises, daily sunset cruise, and
two-person dinghy trials allowed visitors to get a feel of how fun
being out on the water can be.
Siam Seaplane - the first
premium seaplane service of its kind in the area, and a newcomer
to the show - caught the attention of many, as the company explained the
type of services that they plan to offer (see the exclusive
Organisers placed a strong emphasis on
sustainability this year, introducing free water refill stations
at the show and implementing a strict no single-use-plastic
policy. This was well-received and saved an estimated 5,000
single-use plastic water bottles as a result.
Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean
Marina Yacht Club, organisers of Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show,
said, “Our goal as organisers is to provide a platform for
business and to promote yachting and the Gulf of Thailand to Thai
residents and visitors from overseas. The weather was great this
year, visitors enjoyed the diverse displays, some serious leads
were generated and we helped to showcase Thailand's yachting
industry to thousands of visitors. I'm also very proud of how the
marine industry, exhibitors and visitors came together to reduce
the plastic used this year. So much single-use-plastic ends up in
the oceans and it's important we work together to stop that.”