For the first year the target is 15 to 20 crewed charter yachts from 15 metres and above and 40 international charter brokers. The format will follow 3 days of on-water display at the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina followed by a 3 day familiarisation cruise around the waters of Phuket and the Andaman Sea.
Organised by the Thai Yachting Business Association, the Thailand Charter Week is a first in Asia, inspired by industry-only events in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
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 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 2019, which will be held from November 16-21 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 Stylemagazine, 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, local and regional charter companies.