Yachting to lead East Coast tourism revival

TD Editor

The eighth edition of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will take place from 21-24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the largest marina in Southeast Asia and located at the heart of the Thailand’s East Coast marine industry and yachting tourism.

Thailand’s East Coast has become a leading destination for visitors from around the world and a priority region in which businesses are looking to invest. Planned road, rail and air infrastructure improvements as well as inward investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor project are set to have a significant impact on business and leisure in the region.

“Visitors reached almost 6,000 last year.”

“Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is one of our signature marine events and has grown considerably since its launch in 2012. Visitors reached almost 6,000 last year and were up 5% year-on-year, while overall numbers are up 183% since year one,” said Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, managing director of Ocean Property, organisers of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

Although Thailand’s tourism is currently experiencing a dip, the fundamentals remain strong and the east coast’s future looks bright with yachting tourism expected to contribute significantly to the tourism sector.

With its proximity to Bangkok, more Thai people are holidaying on the east coast and many are enjoying the boating lifestyle. Over 70% of visitors to the 2018 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show were Thai and more than 50% of boats berthed at Ocean Marina Yacht Club are Thai owned.

At this year’s Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, up to 40 boats will be displayed by leading international boat brands and brokers. These will be complemented by a wide range of marine products and accessories, boat toys and gadgets, luxury properties, super cars and more.

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