Preparing for Ocean Marina Pattaya Boatshow 2017
By: Ian Lok
Following a successful event in late 2016, Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show returns for the sixth time in 2017 with visitor numbers expected to reach more than 6,000. Organised by Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the show will be held at 23 to 26 November 2017.
The show has more than quadrupled in size in the four years since inception in 2012. In 2016, the event attracted around 100 exhibitors. And with good reason, as the Gulf of Thailand has become one of Asia’s hottest cruising grounds with boat builders, dealers and equipment suppliers from around the word eager to get a piece of a rapidly expanding industry. With a new team in place, planning for 2017 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat show, it is expected to see a different show concept which is more interactive and informative.
During the four-day event, visitors are able to attend various social and sporting activities, including networking, seminars, workshop, and watersports activities. High profile yachting brands who attended the 2016 show already, are expressing interest and commitment to attend the 2017 show.
Other good news for the Pattaya yachting industry has been the introduction of new ruling at the end of 2016 for the Gulf of Thailand concerning the temporary import of visiting foreign-flagged yachts, opening the region and making it easier for visiting yachts to stay for extended periods and explore the region.
Upon arrival, foreign-flagged yachts can now apply for a six month stay at the Customs Department in Pattaya, which can be extended with a further six months and beyond. In the past, foreign vessels entering Pattaya were given a relatively short period for temporary import. Ocean Marina Yacht Club has been working with the Customs Department and various authorities on ways to support growth of the Gulf of Thailand’s marina industry. The amount of foreign-flagged yachts visiting the area has been increased dramatically since the introduction of the new rule.
For more information about the show or regulations in the Gulf or for comments about this article, please contact, Ian Lok, marketing manager of Ocean Marina Yacht Club.