The TMBA Mission is to enable the networking of all Marine Leisure industry stakeholders in Thailand and globally to enhance the growth, value and quality of Yachting in Thailand for the benefit of its membership and helping the industry to overcome any challenges that may arise.
The primary objective of the TMBA is to promote Thailand to the global Yachting community: its unparalleled exotic cruising grounds from the Gulf of Siam to the Andaman Sea , its network of top class marinas and its prime location for quality refit and marine services . TMBA endeavor to work with the Marine Department of the Ministry of Transport and the Tourism Authority of Thailand on the following agenda.
1. FACILITATE AND WELCOME VISITING YACHTS
- Allow normal visa rights for all crew members arriving on yachts
- Abolish 20,000 Baht bond for crew on arriving yachts.
- Encourage officials to 'welcome' visiting yachts as a source of income to the economy
- Work with customs and harbor department to develop a consistent and legal length of stay for yachts in all relevant Thai Provinces, for a period up to 1 year or longer.
- Clarify 'Yacht in Transit' rules for temporary import.
2. PROMOTE NEW MARINAS
- Government to consider investment in one marina development in each seaboard province. Joint venture with private sector is a possible approach.
- Consider several small 'utility marinas' rather than large deluxe 'real estate marinas'.
- Create zones where "fast track" permissions can be achieved.
- Streamline environmental impact studies and permits for Marina developments.
3. PROMOTE BOAT BUILDING IN THAILAND:
- Government to consider encouraging the building of Yacht in Thailand and consider to adapt the VAT status of this industry
- Allocate significant marketing budget, and co-ordinate across the whole industry, to promote Thailand as a premier marine tourism destination.
- Establish a consulting committee to work with TAT to formulate and steer marketing plan.
5. PROMOTE AND IMPROVE SAFETY STANDARDS
- Enforce existing safety regulations.
- Create a 'Yachting School' with a special curriculum for a 'Professional Marine Tourism' course, and diplomas for jobs such as engineers, stewards, yacht captain, marina staff etc.
- Thailand can benefit from experience of countries where such training exists and the activity is developed copy curriculum, training methods, etc.
6. PROTECT THE DESTINATION
- Conduct impact study on destinations that are overloaded (and therefore spoiled) with Day Trips (e.g., Koh Kai Nok / Bamboo Island / Phi Phi Island etc)
7. REGULATIONS RELATING CHARTER YACHTS
- Allow foreign-registered crewed boats to charter under license scheme to encourage growth in charter sector. This should be done via a properly registered Thai company.