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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show to Take Place 21-24 November 2019

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.

The eighth Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will take place 21-24 November 2019. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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 2019.

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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