The Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA) has announced that the first Thailand Charter Week will be held at Phuket Yacht Haven from November 16-21, 2019.
Inspired by the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona in the Caribbean and Mediterranean respectively, the Thailand Charter Week will be Asia’s first international charter show for industry professionals only.
The ‘B2B’ event is designed for local, regional and international charter brokers, central agents, luxury travel agents and tour operators to meet local agencies and discover some of the finest charter yachts operating in Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.
The first three days will be dedicated to visiting yachts on display at Yacht Haven, which is on the northeast coast of Phuket, a short drive from the international airport. Able to accommodate 320 boats, the superyacht-friendly marina has deep-water access with a 6m draft capacity allowing yachts of 100m.
The opening days of the Thailand Charter Week will also include panel discussions and presentations about various charter destinations.
The last three days will feature day and overnight ‘familiarisation’ cruises aboard participating yachts to exciting charter destinations around Phuket and the Andaman Sea, to help build and realise potential business and partnerships. The event will be followed by the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show (November 21-24) in the Gulf of Thailand.
Matthew Na Nagara, Chairman of TYBA, which has almost 40 corporate members, said: “The Thailand Yacht Business Association is very happy to be able announce the first Thailand Charter Week, which will be held from November 16-21, 2019, at Phuket Yacht Haven, a beautiful venue that caters to all sizes of yachts, up to megayachts.
“Yacht Haven is ideal for both viewing the yachts and accessing the beautiful cruising destinations around Phuket. It’s also close to the airport, which is ideal for our international visitors.”
TYBA has appointed Lux Inc Media to provide organisational support and promotion of the show. Lux Inc Media is well known across the Asia-Pacific region for producing luxury lifestyle publications including Yacht Style magazine, digital media including Luxuo.com, and lifestyle events such as the Penang RendezVous.
The event will be managed by an organising committee of TYBA members including Fraser, Camper & Nicholsons, Northrop & Johnson, Asia Yacht Agency, and other local and regional charter companies.
The Thai Yachting Business Association, formerly the Thai Marine Business Association, was founded in 2014 and is a non-profit marine leisure industry association serving yacht builders, yacht charter operators and brokers, yacht sales brokerage and dealership, marinas, yacht repairs and refit, yacht management and other yachting-related companies throughout Thailand.
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