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Phuket's preparedness for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
Asia's favourite boat show" and largest marine and luxury showcase in the region, the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), opened its doors to close to 4,000 visitors from 9 th to 12 th January at the awardwinning Royal Phuket Marina. A four-day festival of everything marine and lifestyle, PIMEX shone the light on Thailand's marine leisure tourism industry and the island's leading position as the marine hub of Asia, attracting a desirable demographic of high net worth individuals and thousands from around the world to view the THB4 Billion offerings, ranging from überluxe superyachts and multi-million dollar villas to day-boats and dinghies, condominiums, superbikes, marine accessories and products, and much more.
For marine lifestyle aficionados, Phuket is their leisure destination of choice. With a healthy marine leisure tourism industry and established marine infrastructure, PIMEX generates more than THB 8 billion for the island each year, underlining Phuket's position as Asia's marine playground and regional industry hub.
A cost-effective work-base, international-standard facilities and a leisure experience second to none emphasize Phuket's preparedness for the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and working closely with marine industry stakeholders PIMEX will further drive industry growth.
"PIMEX will play a key role in reinforcing Phuket's position as a regional marine hub and leveraging opportunities from the AEC for marine businesses in Phuket and beyond."
Multihull Sold on First Day of PIMEX
Inaugural PIMEX exhibitors Multihull Solutions have had a spectacular start to the show, selling a Fountaine Pajot Summerland 40 LC power catamaran within hours of the show's opening.
The Australian company has just expanded its operations to SE Asia and have been impressed by the quality of the Phuket International Boat Show. "The quality of the show and the number of genuine visitors has been very high," said Andrew De Bruin, general manager of Multihull Solutions in Asia. "Our stand has had a constant flow of quality buyers, with a particulary strong Russian presence."
Mr De Bruin said that a European expat purchased the Fountaine Pajot Summerland 40 LC and plans to keep the catamaran in Thailand for personal use on family holidays. The buyer, who has asked to remain anonymous, decided to purchase the Summerland 40 after extensively researching the multihull market.
"Of the many boats I reviewed, the Summerland 40 offered the best fuel consumption and range. It also has a great use of space, an apartment-style Owner's suite, and outstanding stability and performance. I am a keen diver and this boat provides a stable and spacious platform for my family to enjoying diving throughout Asia," the buyer said. The Multihull Solutions Asian operation is being publicly launched at the 2014 Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) at the Royal Phuket Marina.