PHUKET: World-class yachting events organizer Informa Yacht Group has acquired the Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX), adding Phuket’s premier boating exposition to its calendar of international yachting events.
The announcement was made at a press conference at Royal Phuket Marina today, attended by more than 100 press and VIPs, to announce the opening of the new Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference Center.
PIMEX will be the first event held at the center, which will provide 2,500 square meters of purpose-built, quayside exhibition space.
Informa Yacht Group is the yachting events division of Informa PLC, the leading international provider of specialist information and services for academic and scientific, professional and commercial business communities.
Informa organizes more than 10,000 events each year, has more than 150 offices in more than 40 countries and employs 7,500 staff around the world. Informa has offices in Singapore and operates 25 exhibitions in Southeast Asia alone.
“We are really excited about the future of the marine industry in the region, and we hope that our experience and considerable network will propel PIMEX to new heights and ensure that it is positioned to serve all aspects of this rapidly growing market,” said Will Morris, Managing Director of Informa Yacht Group.
“The involvement of Informa is a very important development for PIMEX and one that will really contribute to its future and ensure that PIMEX is the marine show of choice in Southeast Asia,” said Andy Dowden, managing director of Andaman Marine Consultants, which will continue its role as the Phuket-based organizer.
The array of leading Superyacht and other marine events Informa owns, includes:
Monaco Yacht Show (the worlds leading Superyacht event, now in its 18th year)
Abu Dhabi Yacht Show
The Superyacht Cup (the leading sailing regatta for Superyachts held in Palma, Spain, and Antigua. Now in its 14th year.)
The Beijing Boat Show
The World Yacht Racing Forum Monaco
The Mediterranean Workboat Show
Sponsored and supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, PIMEX 2008 will be held from December 4 to 7.
The Phuket Gazette has served as local media sponsor of the event since its inception in 2004.
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