At a press conference in Bangkok last week hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Marine Department, three Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State along with the Vice Governor of Phuket, and special guest H E Paul Robilliard, Ambassador of Australia, demonstrated their support for the new Thailand Yacht Show.
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkulcommented: “…I am confident that the Thailand Yacht Show 2016 will excellently meet the government policy, particularly in terms of marketing and public relations… the promotion of the (…) Show will definitely provide tremendous benefits to the Thai economy and society as a whole.”
Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport was also present and added: “I believe that this show will be a key driver for sustainable economic growth in all aspects ranging from promoting tourism sector to creating inspiration and vibrant atmosphere for marine tourism industry and other services …”
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will officially open the Show on Thursday 11 February.
Show organiser, Andy Treadwell commented: I have worked with a lot of governments, but never with a more proactive and enthusiastic one, who completely understand the potential benefits for the local community and are totally dedicated to developing a successful future for yachting in Thailand. And it is not just about the superyachts. We are delighted that some of the biggest local and regional dealers – including Lee Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting and Simpson Marine – are all fully behind the government’s initiative, and are supporting the Show with a good number of smaller boats, as well as the large yachts they have for sale or charter.