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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show:
Redefining marine leisure tourism in the Gulf of Thailand
Having long been at the centre of marine leisure tourism in the Gulf of Thailand, Ocean Property launched the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show in 2012 to showcase the region and its services and facilities to the world. Following the success of the inaugural year, 2013 experienced double-digit exhibitor and visitor growth underscoring the prosperity of the industry and the popularity of the region as a hub for marine leisure in South East Asia.
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2014, to be held 27 to 30 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, is expected to be bigger and better and with an expanded four-day format organisers are expecting to welcome over 6,000 visitors to the marina this year.
"The 2014 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is built on the strong foundations of the 2012 and 2013 shows. They were received well by visitors and exhibitors alike and listening to feedback we have extended the Show this year to four days, starting on Thursday 27th November and finishing Sunday 30th November," said Mrs. Supatra Angkawinijwong, Deputy Managing Director of Ocean Property, the organisers.
"We welcomed over 4,000 visitors last year and as the popularity of Ocean Marina and the Gulf of Thailand as a marine hub in South East Asia grows, we expect the number of visitors to increase further this year to more than 6,000."
Bookings have been brisk with boat builders, architects and designers, marine products and services, boat brokers and luxury boat brands, marine toys and gadgets, automobiles, fashion and lifestyle products, and luxury real estate already having confirmed their attendance at the Show. Unique to Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is the integrated layout where all onshore exhibitors are located marina-side next to the onwater displays. Total exhibition space is over 12,000 sqm and is located within the same area, allowing visitors easy access to all exhibitions and displays. With bookings already strong, organisers are expecting more than 100 exhibitors this year, a clear sign of the strength of the marine and lifestyle sector in Thailand.
"The early response from marine businesses and companies in the marine and lifestyle sector has been very strong. We have confirmed many exhibitor bookings already. Onshore the exhibition area will be larger than ever before and on-water the line-up of boats includes many of the top brands in the world," added Mrs. Angkawinijwong.
New this year is the International Fishing Boat Competition which will take place over two days, 29th to 30th November. Open for teams of upto three people, the two day competition is organised by the Thailand Fishing Tackle Trade and Manufacture Association in co-operation with the Boat Show, and prizes are awarded for the top 10 hauls in two categories.
Other highlights include free trial yachting, kayak and paddle boat experiences, an open-air beer and food festival with live band daily, jet pack and fly board demonstrations, games and much more.
Another first for this year is the Boat and Yacht Thai Conference, which will take place on 28th November. Under the theme of 'Green Boating' the one-day conference will provide a platform for marine industry experts and boating enthusiasts to share their ideas about environmentally friendly marine craft, alternative energies, equipment and other green innovations for pleasure boats and watercraft.
The conference includes a prominent lineup of international speakers from the marine sector with keynote speakers from Thailand's tourism and maritime authorities.
Now in its third year, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is held in high regard both internationally and domestically, and provides an ideal platform for marine and lifestyle businesses to show their products to discerning customers, and it is a unique opportunity for visitors to get onboard a boat, walk through and experience a boat, and learn more about the marine and luxury lifestyle that is on offer in Thailand.
For more information, visit www.oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com.
Visitors – what to look out for Four days packed with activities and the biggest showcase of marine and lifestyle in Thailand. In-thewater visitors will see the latest luxury boats from dinghies and tenders to superyachts, sail and power, international brands and local builds. Onshore is a huge display of marine and lifestyle products and services including boat accessories, boat services, boat technology, boat builders, boat brokers, boat charters, boat insurance, water sports, fishing and diving, marine toys and gadgets, super bikes and cars, luxury real estate, luxury hotels and resorts, sport fashion, cosmetics and more. Highlights include free trial yachting, free trial kayak, paddle boat, beer and food festival with live music, games stations, jet pack/ fly board demonstration, International Boat Fishing Competition (29-30 November), Boat & Yacht Thai Conference (28 November), and test drives of super cars and bikes.
Ocean Marina Yacht Club – the venue Situated on Jomtien Beach in greater Pattaya, Ocean Marina is Thailand's premier marina resort complex and the largest in South East Asia. A short drive from Bangkok and just one hour from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the world-class marina is complemented by a yacht club, accommodation, fine dining and recreational facilities as well as two luxury residences – San Marino Jomtien and Ocean Portofino. For more information, visit www.oceanmarina.asia.