, 2022-07-29 22:10:40,
Last month, the first half of Thailand Yacht Show 2022 took over Pattaya’s Ocean Marina Yacht Club for four fun-filled days. Prestige was on hand to check out all the beautiful boats, and to discover why Thailand is poised to become the next super-yacht destination hub.
Although the Covid crisis didn’t put a stop to the sale of yachts in Thailand over the past two years, it did take the wind out of the sails for organizers of the annual Thailand Yacht Show (TYS). For those attending the highly successful 2020 edition of this prestigious event, staged at the Royal Phuket Marina in early January, it would have been unthinkable to imagine that over two years would pass before the next show could take place.
Thankfully Verventia, the exhibition organiser, kept the dream alive and no effort was spared to make sure that TYS Pattaya 2022 – held at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club from June 9-12 – went off without a hitch. Even the weather cooperated, with sunny blue skies to mark the opening day, and virtually no rain for the remainder of the weekend.
“It’s a tremendous boost for the whole yachting industry in Thailand that this show got off the ground,” commented Scott Murray, Managing Editor of SEA Yachting magazine. “Others were planned and then canceled because of Covid restrictions, so just the fact that the TYS 2022 took place sends a positive message to the yachting community that Thailand is on its way back and open to welcoming sailors and yachties from far and wide. Andy Treadwell and his team at Verventia deserve a big round of applause for putting the show together so quickly.”
In total the event attracted close to 5,000 attendees over the course of four days, all eager to get a glimpse of the gleaming superyachts, catamarans, and cruisers. For Howard Prime, the Thailand Country Manager of Hong Kong-based yacht broker Simpson Marine, the event was an excellent opportunity to increase brand visibility, and to launch the Simpson Sailing Academy – with three Beneteau sports yachts available throughout the show for demo sessions with qualified instructors. He went on to mention that the Fairline Squadron 68 and the Aquila 28 Sports Fishing yacht Simpson Marine had on display at TYS 2022 were both Asia premieres, and that on the first day they sold a Lagoon 51 – another Asia premiere in Thailand – for delivery in December.
Alongside the opulent oceangoing vessels on display in the water – including a beautiful Y78 Princess from…
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