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Wrap-up: Thailand Yacht Show

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PHUKET: The second edition of the Thailand Yacht Show saw visitors enjoying sea trials, parties on superyachts, fashion shows, supercars and the latest water-borne toys.

With 60 exhibitors, and 55 vessels – including 18 superyachts – on display, the second edition of the TYS closed its doors on Sunday night. Held in partnership with the Thai government, it proved to be a good sign of things to come, with organizers hailing it as ‘a successful presentation of yachting to Thailand, and of Thailand to the world’. And indeed it was.

At the opening ceremony, managing director Andy Treadwell addressed the crowds with a clear mission: “Our aim is to position Thailand as the natural destination capital for yachting in Asia, as well as the preferred winter destination for the global superyacht fleet.”

He went on to explain that attracting charter superyachts and stimulating boating and yachting in Thailand would trigger a major impact on the country’s economy by bringing in the highest-spending tourism sector in the world, as well as creating jobs, global high-end PR, and stimulating inward investment.

Also in attendance were Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Deputy Minister of Transport Omsin Chivapruk, Chairman of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Kalin Sarasin, and the guest of honour, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, who commended the TYS team for their efforts and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to boosting marine tourism by simplifying and streamlining regulations.

In addition to the display of yachts and superyachts at Ao Po Grand Marina, the show featured a ‘Demo Platform’ by Java Yachting with live demonstrations of dinghy sailing, SUP, dragon boating and kayaking, and an invitation to spectators to take part in these activities themselves.

The show also featured an exhibition pavilion featuring luxury lifestyle companies, Phuket property companies and nautical ancillaries, as well as a raging social scene with nightly parties.

Many exhibitors attested to the quality of visitors to the Show.

“You only need to get one or two really good leads to make attendance worthwhile,” said Della Rudgee, Senior Broker at Singapore-based Hong Seh. “We feel that the Thailand Yacht Show is complementary to the Singapore Yacht Show, and this is clearly the place to exhibit in Thailand.”

“Thailand needs more visibility around the world,” reports Ron Patston, CEO of Gulf Charters, based at Jomtien Beach on the Gulf of Thailand. “The Thailand Yacht Show and the Thailand Yachting Forum are doing a good job of spreading the word and provides a good boost for the marine leisure industry in this part of the world.”

The combination of the Forum and the Thailand Yacht Show brings together the knowledge and expertise of the Thai government ministries, the Thai Marine Business Association and the Thailand Yacht Show teams.

The next edition of the TYS will take place from December 14-17, 2017. Organized by the same team as the Singapore Yacht Show, the TYS and the Thailand Yachting Forum are timed to book-end industry activity in the region.

The Nation, the Phuket Gazette and Gazette Radio are the Thailand media partners for both the Singapore and the Thailand Yacht Shows.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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