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Opinion by Paul Poole
An article in the Phuket Gazette on 30 November 2017 welcomed the annual boat show season in Thailand. It raises the question, “is there room for three boat shows each year?”
Original story HERE.
The question is worth considering as boat show season kicks off for 2017/2018, with a steady stream of boat shows and yachting events scheduled around the Kingdom for the next 3-4 months.
The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show started the season off at the end of November, the inaugural Phuket Rendezvous (an evolution of the long-standing Phuket International Boat Show – PIMEX) will take place at Royal Phuket Marina in the beginning of January 2018, and the Thailand Yacht Show has been rescheduled for 22-25 February 2018 at the Ao Po Grand Marina. In addition, the yearly regatta calendar is becoming increasingly busy, with at least eight major regattas scheduled for 2018.
The simple answer to the question is ‘yes’, there is enough room in Thailand for three boat shows. However, the current arrangements are not sustainable due to the following reasons…
1. Geography
The current concentration around Phuket is not sustainable in the long run. It is my firm belief that Phuket can only accommodate one boat show due to the size of the yachting industry, both in terms of yacht sales and yacht charter, the latter stalled by the delay in the government’s proposed charter licence. Therefore, it would make more sense to widen the geographic spread of the boat shows to include one show in Bangkok, one show in Pattaya and one show on Phuket.
2. Competition
In a similar vein as the point above, the competition between the boat shows is not sustainable. Although all three boat shows have unique selling points, they are ultimately all competing for the same sponsors, partners, exhibitors and, in the case of the Phuket Rendezvous and the Thailand Yacht Show, the same visitors. A similar pattern repeats itself when it comes to regattas. Both shows and regattas are currently struggling to deliver the required ROI (return on investment) and ROO (return on objective) to sponsors, partners and exhibitors, which brings me to my next point…
3. Lack of collaboration
One of the major issues with the current number of boat shows and regattas is that each event is being marketed, organised, sold and hosted in isolation of other yachting events. Granted, boat shows and, to some extent, regattas are commercial enterprises, a fact that poses challenges to collaboration; however, I believe there is something to be learnt from mass participation events, such as marathons or triathlons. These events largely work collaboratively for the benefit of the wider community and industry; for example, anyone visiting any of the marathon or triathlon expos around the Kingdom will see other marathons and triathlons exhibiting to promote their own races. This kind of approach creates value for sponsors, partners, exhibitors, visitors, participants and the wider community and helps grow and improve the industry as a whole.
4. Misconceptions about sponsorship
Millions of baht are paid in sponsorship to yachting events every year, and the success or failure of a particular event often depends on the sponsorship deals it manages to secure. Sadly, we still see a significant portion of custodians who view sponsorship as free money or a charitable donation and, as a result, fail to provide the ROI and ROO that the sponsors expect and deserve. The result is unsatisfied sponsors, inadequately organised events and a failure to realise the true potential of a ‘property’.
If the above issues are acknowledged and actively and collectively addressed, there is certainly enough room in Thailand for three boat shows and a full regatta calendar. However, if the current fragmented and self-serving approach is allowed to continue, it will not only hurt the industry as a whole, it will sooner or later also hurt the very people and organisations that are trying to grow it.
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Paul Poole is the founder, managing director and chairman of Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., an independent marketing consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand. The company specialises in commercial sponsorship and partnership marketing, working with both rights holders and brands. Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., has packaged, sold and managed sponsorship and partnership opportunities for a number of Southeast Asia’s leading yachting events, including Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, Asian Yachting Grand Prix, Bay Regatta, Boat Asia, Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, Neptune Regatta, Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), Phuket Raceweek, Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Samui Regatta, Singapore Yacht Show, Top of the Gulf Regatta, and Thailand Yacht Show.
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Raja salvage operation resumes, garbage truck, pick-up raised from seabed

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An operation to raise the sunken Raja 4 ferry and its cargo of vehicles from the seabed off Koh Samui has resumed, after being delayed due to bad weather. The ferry sank on the night of August 1 as it was transporting several garbage trucks from Samui to the mainland. The ferry had set sail in bad weather and capsized when its cargo of trucks shifted during the crossing. 5 of the 16 people on board died in the accident.

Having first been suspended briefly due to bad weather a couple of weeks ago, and more recently due to storm Noul, the salvage operation is once more underway, with workers removing an 18-wheel truck and a pick-up from the seabed.

Nation Thailand reports that operators MS Service have been using 2 cranes, installed on 2 boats, to carry out the salvage operation. Prior to being lifted, the garbage truck was covered in netting, to prevent any further refuse from entering the water. Small boats were also used to pick up any rubbish that managed to escape the netting.

The Ministry of National Resources and the Environment has previously threatened to sue the ferry company over the environmental fallout from the ferry’s capsize. The ferry itself is yet to be lifted from the seabed.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Heavy rain is expected across much of Thailand over the next few days, mostly as a result of the intensity of a tropical storm crossing into Vietnam today, ‘Noul’, from the South China Sea. The low pressure cell will help intensify the effects of the south west monsoon too. But the remnants of the storm won’t “slam” into Northern Thailand as one news site claimed – rather it will be a lot of rain and increased winds. The storm is expected to cross into Thailand around the Mukdahan province some time early tomorrow,

Around the country, Saturday will be the worst with rains easing during Sunday. Thailand north east ‘Isaan’ provinces will be the worst affected as they are in the direct track of the storm as it crosses Vietnam, into Laos, and then crossing Thailand’s borders in the upper north east in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Whilst tropical storm ‘Noul’ has been packing winds from 80 – 120 kilometres per hour as it reaches the central Vietnam coast areas, including popular tourist locations like Da Nang and Hoi An, the storm will continue to dissipate as it moves inland. The storm has been tracking across the South China Sea this week, gathering strength, in a west northwesterly direction.

Residents in the coastal town of Hoi An report that it rained continuously last night, with strong winds, and that they expect widespread flooding to be reported during the day.

The forecast for heavy rain in Bangkok will probably dampen some of the enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anti-government rally to be held in and around the Thammasat University Tha Prachan campus.

Here are the forecasts for Saturday and Sunday around the country…

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Samui charity battles to feed island’s remaining residents

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As around 2,000 Thai workers have reportedly left the island of Koh Samui due to the Covid-19 economic fallout, ‘Sisters on Samui’, the island’s largest charity is changing up the way in which to help feed those remaining residents. Keyt Topcu, co-president of SOS, says the effort involves cutting out bags as the organisation realised that they could save over 500 USD by having those receiving aid bring their own bags.

“We hand out rice and other goods two times per week, but the bags alone cost 4,000 baht per week. If we cut out bags, we can put that money towards more food for the island’s residents in need.”

The first three months of feeding islanders since Covid hit included many Burmese people that were out of work. Now, those receiving handouts is mostly comprised of Thais as a lot of Burmese left the island after being put out of work.

“Those that are left are the ones that maybe had savings and could survive without work, and they are now our main clients that we serve.”

Wai, a Thai mother of 4 on Samui, says she has been unemployed for 5 months and struggles to feed her children on a daily basis. Recently, she started working again but says the money isn’t enough.

“I only get 300 baht per day and my mother is 65 years old. It is not easy now.”

As Covid hit, many people on Samui have lost their jobs and have resorted to finding new ways to make ends meet. Mr. O, a taxi driver, now sells oysters and seaweed in a roadside stall after receiving only a few clients per day in his taxi.

“Now, many people have left the island after living here for 15 to 20 years. It is hard for me now to make a living only selling street food.”

“Sometimes, I get money and other times I get nothing.”

Sisters on Samui is continuing their fight to help those on the island who are still here but struggling. This Thursday, they will start the bag-free handouts in order to save plastic and money with the hopes of putting the money saved back into the community’s mouths.

“We have a handout at Chaweng Lake this Thursday, September 17, in which we ask everyone to bring their own plastic bags. Also, if you want to help the cause, we are accepting monetary and food donations. A 1,000 baht donation will get us a 40 kilogram bag of rice to give out.”

Apart from rice, the organisation says they need other items like eggs, noodles, milk, formula, vegetables, and tin fish to help stock their emergency stash. Yvonne Roberts, co-president of the charity says the effort to reduce plastic waste and spend the money elsewhere came about after receiving more and more volunteers to help the cause.

“As the operation slowed down a bit, we were able to logistically cut down on handing out bags as we had more volunteers to help distribute the food. In the beginning, we were trying to just get the food out as quickly as possible as it was a dire need.”

As tourists make up over 90 percent of Samui’s economy, the situation is grave. Sisters On Samui remains the largest charity on the island and has largely helped keep the residents afloat. To donate to SOS, you can visit their GoGetFunding page or visit the SOS website.

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