The eighth Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will
take place 21-24 November 2019.
The event, which attracted almost 6,000 visitors
in 2018, will have around 40 boats on display by leading
international boat brands and brokers from around the world.
The boats will be complemented by a
wide range of marine products and accessories, boat toys and
gadgets, luxury properties, super cars and more.
Live on-water demonstrations will take
place over the four days as well as free yacht cruises, sunset
cruises, sun downers, fashion shows, pop-up restaurants and lots
of activities for all the family to enjoy.
Mr. Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, Managing Director,
Ocean Property Co. Ltd., organisers of the Ocean Marina Pattaya
Boat Show, said, “We invest more than 10 million Baht each year
in developing the show and marketing it overseas and throughout
Thailand, and we are targeting a 20% growth in the number of
visitors this year. Our aim is for the show to be a platform for
the industry, to promote marine-related businesses and services,
yachting tourism, and showcase the stunning coastline and islands
along Thailand's east coast, as well as introducing the boating
lifestyle to more Thais.”
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show helped to
generate 2.5 billion Baht of business for Thailand's marine
industry in 2018. Although Thailand's tourism is currently
experiencing a dip, the fundamentals remain strong and the east
coast's future looks bright with yachting tourism expected to
contribute significantly to the tourism sector.
“The first four months of the year were very
strong,” said Mr.
Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina
Yacht Club. “And although visitors during May and June have
tapered off, the total number of tourists joining boat trips at
Ocean Marina Yacht Club in H1 2019 is up 2% year-on-year. Chinese
and Korean tourists remain the top day trippers but what is
encouraging is the number of Thais who are enjoying time on the
water – Thai nationals were our third largest nationality in H1
This bodes well for yachting tourism on the east
coast. With its proximity to Bangkok, more Thai people are
holidaying on the east coast and many are enjoying the boating
lifestyle. Over 70% of visitors to the 2018 Ocean Marina Pattaya
Boat Show were Thai and more than 50% of boats berthed at Ocean
Marina Yacht Club, the largest marina in South East Asia, are Thai owned.
“Yachting tourism on Thailand's east coast is
relatively undeveloped. Countries such as Greece, which is famous
for its established charter industry, and Australia, which has a
large population of domestic boat owners, outperform Thailand
currently yet neither have the tourism numbers of Thailand.
Thailand expects to welcome approximately 40 million international
visitors this year and Pattaya in the region of 14 million – these
numbers underscore the huge potential for yachting tourism in
Thailand and this is something Ocean Marina Yacht Club are
focused on developing,” added Mr. Finsten.
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