Connect with us

Phuket

Boat show rated a success

Published

 on 

Boat show rated a success | Thaiger

KOH KAEW: As the Phuket International Marine Exhibition (PIMEX) 2005 closed on Sunday, exhibitors were in an excellent mood. At least 12 boats were sold during the show at the Boat Lagoon, and initial estimates of solid sales achieved amount to approximately US$4 million (160 million baht).

Dealers and brokers all reported new contacts made and strong leads to follow up from serious buyers. “I have not stopped talking to serious visitors since the show opened on Thursday,” said a weary but elated Craig Murphy of Sunseeker dealers Max Marine Asia, at the show’s closing party.

Nor was the upbeat mood restricted to yacht sales. “We have made better contacts here than we have at other shows in Asia,” said Jim Scott, General Manager, West Australia, of Sea Slip Marinas, adding that he believed Phuket was the best venue for a regional show.

PIMEX also provided an opportunity for local companies and overseas exhibitors to network in Asia’s fastest-growing marine leisure market. During the show eight new dealerships or agencies were established.

Among local marine product exhibitors, Gareth Twist of Yacht Solutions said, “We are marketing new products and have had a very good response during PIMEX. We will be back next year.”

Yacht Solutions made the last sale of the show, to a buyer who rushed in minutes after official closing time to buy a life raft.

Property exhibitors generally reported a lively show, with many taking visitors out of the show for site visits.

“We didn’t actually close a sale during PIMEX,” said Jeanette Skelton of Royal Phuket Marina, “but we met many people who were planning to move to Phuket and we were able to take them next door to show them around.” Ms Skelton said she is confident that sales will result.

“PIMEX has developed a reputation as a serious boating and lifestyle show,” said Grenville Fordham of Image Asia, adding, “While we are able to put more boats in the water than any other regional show, we are not renowned for surface gloss.

Just over 4,000 visitors attended the show during four days, 2,300 of whom were registered as trade visitors. “We are disappointed that we did not reach our target of 6,000 visitors,” said Image Asia’s Andy Dowden during his farewell party speech.

“However, we will keep working on our marketing program, targeted at Bangkok. This is a long-term approach, and we are confident that it will eventually bring results as this new market becomes more aware of yachting.”

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video5 hours ago

Siam Paragon Bangkok International Fashion Week 2022

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Flash flooding to hit every region of Thailand

Thailand7 hours ago

Off-duty officer fires shots & fights with Bangkok cabbie

Sponsored15 hours ago

Starting a business and obtaining SMART Visa in Thailand is easy with Startup Booster

Thailand7 hours ago

Venomous snake emerges from parcel at sorting office in Thailand

Technology8 hours ago

Line Man Wongnai now Thailand’s largest tech startup

Thailand8 hours ago

Customer buys brand new Honda PCX motorbike with coins in eastern Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Drugs8 hours ago

Drug chase ends in flipped car, 6 million spilled Yaba pills

Thailand9 hours ago

169 Thai police officers dismissed for serious violations

World9 hours ago

Edward Snowden received Russian citizenship

Thailand10 hours ago

American told to stop riding go-kart in Chiang Mai

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand legalises abortion up to 20 weeks

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Nasal spray to prevent Covid hits stores October 1

Crime11 hours ago

China backs Philippines online gambling crackdown

Crime11 hours ago

Foreign gang allegedly extorts Russian couple of crypto worth US$50k in Thailand

Events13 hours ago

Meatfest will host meat cooking and eating contests in Pattaya

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending