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Tue, 3 November 2020

Luxury Yachts and Sailing in Thailand - Interview with Simpson Marine

As the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc upon the global travel and tourism industry, what impact has it had on the luxury yacht sector, both sales and charters, in Thailand?

That is just one of the questions that Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com asks Howard Prime, Country Manager - Thailand, Simpson Marine.

This exclusive interview took place over Skype on 3 November, almost exactly one full year since Travel News Asia's last interview with Simpson Marine which took place at the Pattaya Boat Show in 2019.

Luxurious bedroom on a luxury yacht in Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Howard tells us what impact COVID has had on the business, whether yacht deliveries from Europe have been delayed, what trends he is seeing with regards to sales and charters, and whether yacht owners can get special visas to enter Thailand and quarantine on their own boats.

We also discuss Simpson Marine's plans to develop a sailing school in Thailand, whether the increase in luxury private boats on the Chaophraya River in Bangkok warrants a marina, and whether the company has any plans to expand its charter operations in the Kingdom.

Howard also tells us about Simpson Marine's recent exhibition at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, whether doing your own show is a trend we can expect to see more of and where the company plans to exhibit at next. All that and much, much more in the video and podcast below.

Luxury Yachts and Sailing in Thailand - Interview with Howard Prime of Simpson Marine

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Editor's note: My apologies that the audio and visual quality in this video interview are not up to the same HD quality that they normally would be. This is the eighth in a series of video interviews conducted over the internet. Hopefully it won't be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you.

See also: Luxury Yacht Sales and Charters in Thailand - Interview with Simpson Marine, Emerging Travel Trends in Asia Pacific - Interview with Frank Trampert and Todd Arthur of Sabre, Belmond Hotels in Asia Pacific - Interview with Iain Langridge, MD, How's Business in Siem Reap? Interview with GM of Courtyard by Marriott, Ms. Ashley Lai, How's Business in Myanmar? Interview with Torsten Edens, SVP of Memories Group, Churning a Dream into Reality - Interview with CEO of Laos Buffalo Dairy, Susie Martin and Airports, Air Travel and COVID19 - Exclusive Interview with SITA's President of Asia Pacific, Sumesh Patel.

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