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There’s room for three boat shows in Thailand, but not like it is now…

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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.
There's room for three boat shows in Thailand, but not like it is now... | News by Thaiger
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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The president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui says the island is still pinning its hopes on a July 1 re-opening for vaccinated foreign tourists. Ratchaporn Poolsawadee remains optimistic, despite Thailand now battling a third wave of Covid-19, with Samui reporting 50 infections.

He says vaccines are being rolled out out on Samui, although a number of doses have had to be diverted to Covid hotspots elsewhere in the country. Around 30%, or 25,000 people, have already received 2 doses of the vaccine, with very few side-effects reported. However, the pace may slow as a result of some of Samui’s allocation now being sent to other provinces, in an attempt to curb the spread there. Ratchaporn says that once it receives a further supply of vaccine doses, the island has the capacity to administer 25,000 shots over 5 days, at 4 vaccination centres.

“We firmly believe that the vaccination process will be completed by June which will be in time for the re-opening plan.”

Until then, officials in the southern province of Surat Thani and on Samui itself, are strengthening disease prevention measures and travel restrictions. Ratchaporn is calling on the government to impose an inter-provincial travel ban to halt the spread of the virus. He says doing so would be more effective than closing businesses for 14 days, with the possibility of endless extensions.

The Bangkok Post reports that tourism operators are preparing tour programmes for the Samui Sealed Routes, whereby tourists would travel to sealed beach locations at Tham Rang in Angthong National Marine Park, as well as partaking in wellness activities such as yoga, meditation and spa treatments.

Before embarking on a “sealed tour” however, vaccinated foreign tourists would have to remain in their hotel rooms on the day they arrive. On day 2, they would be required to take a Covid test and, if negative, would be allowed leave the room and use other hotel facilities. From day 4, they would be allowed leave the hotel, with another Covid test on day 7. If the result is negative, tourists can travel around the island as well as elsewhere in the country.

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All foreigners eligible for Covid-19 vaccine under Thailand’s vaccination plan, eventually

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All expats living in Thailand are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, according to deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Nopakun. He says Thailand plans to roll out a “massive vaccination plan” to vaccinate all people who are living in Thailand, including foreign residents.

“All people residing in Thailand, regardless of nationality, are eligible to receive the vaccine under the plan.”

He made the announcement during the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing today. Natapanu says more information on the vaccination plan for foreigners residing in Thailand will be released at a later date.

Health officials in Phuket and Koh Samui, tourist destinations that have been said to be of “economic significance,” have already been rolling out mass vaccination campaigns in an effort to reach herd immunity and reopen the islands to foreign tourists by July. But the vast majority of foreigners in the country remain confused about exactly how they can go about registering, or when they can expect to be included in Thailand’s vaccine roll out.

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International Living magazine ranks Koh Samui among 15 best islands to retire

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Thailand’s popular Gulf island of Koh Samui is basking in glory as it is listed as one of the best islands to retire by International Living magazine. The island is ranked number 10 out of 15 islands listed by the magazine, and is said to be affordable for retirees. Peace, privacy, a simpler way of life and strong communities are also listed as some of its benefits.

The magazine detailed life on Koh Samui, pointing out the island’s world-class beaches…

“LYING ABOUT 425 MILES SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY’S CAPITAL, BANGKOK, KOH SAMUI HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST COVETED EXPAT DESTINATIONS IN THAILAND. ALTHOUGH ONLY 13 MILES WIDE AND OVER 15 MILES LONG, THE ISLAND IS THAILAND’S SECOND LARGEST ISLAND AFTER PHUKET.

KOH SAMUI BOASTS WORLD-CLASS BEACHES TUCKED AWAY IN SECLUDED BAYS…EXPANSIVE INLAND JUNGLES TEEMING WITH EXOTIC BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, AND MONKEYS…MAGNIFICENT CASCADING WATERFALLS AND INLAND NATURAL POOLS…AND AN ALMOST COUNTLESS CHOICE OF GREAT SPOTS TO SIT DOWN, RELAX, AND WATCH THE SPECTACULAR SUNSETS OVER THE GULF OF THAILAND.

SAMUI, ONE OF AN ARCHIPELAGO OF 80 SMALLER ISLANDS, HAS A WARM AND MOSTLY CRYSTAL-CLEAR SEA WITH LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR KAYAKING, SAILING, AND BOATING. IT IS ALSO FAST BECOMING A GOLFER’S PARADISE.

THE ISLAND MAKES A GREAT DESTINATION FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR A DREAM RETIREMENT BY THE SEA. YOU CAN LIVE WELL HERE ON A BUDGET OF US$2,000-2,500 A MONTH.”

Apart from the necessary documents needed, you can renew your retirement visa yearly without needing to go on a visa run or outside of the country, making the option convenient for those who may be unfit for sucFor information regarding a retirement visa, you can visit or contact a Thai embassy or consulate. Or a properly qualified visa agent.

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