โอเชี่ยน มารีน่า พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ จัดยิ่งใหญ่ปีที่ 8

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019
Opening of the 2019 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

 

โอเชี่ยน มารีน่า ยอช์ท คลับ พัทยา ท่าจอดเรือที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ เป็นจ้าภาพจัด “โอเชี่ยน
มารีน่า พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์” ครั้งที่ 8 งานแสดงเรือยอช์ทนานาชาติระดับเอเชีย ซึ่งมีการจัดโชว์เรือยอช์ทชั้นนำระดับโลกและสินค้าไลฟ์สไตล์ ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับการล่องเรือ ระหว่างวันที่ 21-24 พฤศจิกายน 2562 นี้ ณ โอเชี่ยน มารีน่า ยอช์ท คลับ จ. ชลบุรี คาดกระตุ้นธุรกิจและตลาดท่องเที่ยวทางทะเลรวมทั้งตอบรับกระแสความนิยมล่องเรือยอช์ทที่เติบโตสูงขึ้น

พัทยาได้ต้อนรับนักท่องเที่ยวกว่า 14.8 ล้านคนในปีที่ผ่านมา และคาดว่าจำนวนนักท่องเที่ยวในปีนี้จะเพิ่มมากขึ้น พัทยาเป็นหนึ่งในเมืองท่องเที่ยวที่ใหญ่ที่สุดของประเทศไทยพร้อมด้วยโครงการเขตพัฒนาพิเศษภาคตะวันออก (EEC) ที่กำลังดำเนินการอยู่ ทำให้สามารถคาดการณ์ได้ว่าเศรษฐกิจและการท่องเที่ยวของเมืองพัทยายังคงเติบโตอย่างมีศักยภาพ ทางด้านโอเชี่ยน มารีน่า ยอช์ท คลับ เปิดเผยข้อมูลล่าสุดว่า นักท่องเที่ยวเรือยอช์ทแบบทริปรายวัน เติบโตขึ้นถึง 60% เมื่อเทียบกับปีที่ผ่านมา และคาดว่าจะเติบโตขึ้นอย่างต่อเนื่อง ส่วนนักท่องเที่ยวต่างชาติที่เดินทางเข้ามาท่องเที่ยวในพัทยาและนิยมล่องเรือยอช์ท แบบรายวัน ได้แก่ นักท่องเที่ยวจากประเทศจีน, รัสเซีย, เกาหลี, อินเดีย, และเยอรมัน ด้านนักท่องเที่ยวคนไทยที่ล่องเรือ ยอช์ทแบบรายวันมีจำนวนมากเป็นอันดับ 3 และเพิ่มขึ้นกว่า 90% เมื่อเทียบกับช่วง 5 ปีก่อนหน้า ซึ่งช่วยผลักดันให้พัทยา เป็นจุดศูนย์กลางของการท่องเที่ยวเรือยอช์ทในอ่าวไทยอีกด้วย

มิสเตอร์สก็อต ฟินสเตน ผู้จัดการท่าเรือ โอเชี่ยน มารีน่า ยอช์ท คลับ และในฐานะผู้จัดงานฯ กล่าวว่า “ตลาดการท่องเที่ยวทางทะเลในพัทยาและบริเวณใกล้เคียงมีอัตราการเติบโตสูง โดยจำนวนนักท่องเที่ยวล่องเรือแบบรายวันมีการเติบโตมากขึ้นอย่างเห็นได้ชัด ซึ่งนักท่องเที่ยวกลุ่มนี้จะใช้จ่ายโดยเฉลี่ยอยู่ที่ 2,500 บาท ต่อคนต่อวัน และเรายังเห็นเทรนด์การเติบโตของเรือยอช์ทแบบเช่าเหมาลำเพิ่มมากขึ้น โดยนักท่องเที่ยวกลุ่มนี้จะใช้จ่ายโดยเฉลี่ยที่ 10,000 บาท ต่อคนต่อวัน นอกจากนั้นสิ่งที่น่าสนใจเป็นอย่างยิ่งคือ จำนวนนักท่องเที่ยวชาวไทยที่สนใจล่องเรือยอช์ทเพิ่มมากขึ้น ซึ่งเป็นแนวโน้มที่มีนัยยะสำคัญอย่างยิ่ง อีกทั้งยังเป็นเซกเมนต์ที่ได้รับการต่อยอดจากการจัดงาน โอเชี่ยน มารีน่า พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ มาตั้งแต่ปีแรก”

ในปีนี้มีแบรนด์เรือยอช์ทชั้นนำระดับโลกกว่า 30 แบรนด์ และเรือยอช์ทที่ต่อโดยผู้ประกอบการชั้นนำจากท้องถิ่น พร้อมด้วยการพัฒนาเทคโนโลยีชั้นนำมาแสดงภายในงาน รวมถึงยังมีเรือหลากหลายประเภทและหลายขนาดตั้งแต่เรือดิงกี้ไปจนถึงเรือซูเปอร์ยอช์ท นอกจากนั้นมีโซนสาธิตอุปกรณ์กีฬาทางน้ำที่เป็นรุ่นล่าสุดในตลาดอีกด้วย ซึ่งจัดว่าเป็นโซนที่ได้รับความนิยมจากผู้เข้าร่วมงานในทุกๆ ปี

สำหรับปีนี้คาดการณ์ว่า จะได้ต้อนรับผู้เข้าร่วมชมงานกว่า 6,000 คนจากทั่วโลก ซึ่งงานโอเชี่ยน มารีน่า พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ นับได้ว่าเป็นงานที่จัดขึ้นเพื่อให้ผู้เข้าร่วมงานได้ประสบการณ์สัมผัสกับไลฟ์สไตล์ของการล่องเรือยอช์ทอย่างเต็มที่ ซึ่งมีบริการทดลองล่องเรือยอช์ทฟรีตลอดทั้งวัน และยังมีบริการล่องเรือยอช์ทยามเย็นเพื่อชมพระอาทิตย์ตกดิน (sunset cruises) สุดพิเศษอีกด้วย

“ภายในงานมีการจัดแสดงเรือยอช์ทหลากหลายประเภทโดยมีแบรนด์ชั้นนำของเรือใบดิงกี้ เรือมอเตอร์ยอช์ทสุดหรู ไปจนถึงซูเปอร์ยอช์ท รวมถึงเรือที่ต่อในเมืองไทยที่เป็นที่ยอมรับในระดับนานาชาติ พร้อมจัดเตรียมกิจกรรมทุกอย่างเพื่อตอบรับความต้องการสำหรับผู้ที่ชื่นชอบการล่องเรือยอช์ทเป็นพิเศษ” มิสเตอร์สก็อต ฟินสเตน กล่าวเพิ่มเติม

นอกจากนั้น ยังมีกิจกรรมต่างๆ รวมถึงการแสดงสินค้าและบริการด้านไลฟ์สไตล์และการท่องเที่ยวทางทะเล สินค้าเทคโนโลยี อุปกรณ์กีฬาทางน้ำ อสังหาริมทรัพย์ระดับพรีเมี่ยม เฟอร์นิเจอร์และของแต่งบ้านและเรือยอช์ท โรงเรียนนานาชาติ และอื่นๆ อีกมากมาย สำหรับผู้เข้าชมงานแบบครอบครัว สามารถพบกับกิจกรรมมากมายสำหรับเด็กๆ อาทิ เกมส์ต่างๆ เรือลมโจรสลัด และร้านอาหารแบบป๊อปอัพริมน้ำที่ให้บริการอาหารและเครื่องดื่มตลอดทั้งวันจนถึงยามค่ำ นอกจากนี้ ยังสามารถนั่งจิบเครื่องดื่มหรือค็อกเทลพร้อมชมวิวท่าเทียบเรืออันสวยงาม และสำหรับผู้รักซิการ์ยังมีดินเนอร์ซิการ์ที่สามารถจองล่วงหน้าในคืนวันเสาร์ที่ 23 พฤศจิกายนอีกด้วย

งานโอเชี่ยน มารีน่า พัทยา โบ๊ท โชว์ ครั้งที่ 8 สนับสนุนโดย การท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทยและ Amazing Thailand, เมืองพัทยา จังหวัดชลบุรี, สมาคมธุรกิจเรือยอร์ชไทย, ชับ สามัคคี ประกันภัย, Aseanarean Bluewater Alliance, Marina Industries Association และโอเชี่ยน พรอพเพอร์ตี้ โดยงานจะจัดขึ้นระหว่างวันที่ 21- 24 พฤศจิกายนนี้ ณ โอเชี่ยน มารีน่า ยอช์ท คลับ ตั้งแต่เวลา 11:00-19:00 น. และในวันอาทิตย์ที่ 24 พฤศจิกายน 11:00-18:00 น. โดยผู้สนใจสามารถเข้าชมได้ฟรีไม่มีค่าใช้จ่าย

Marine and lifestyle on display at 8th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2019.

 

Ocean Marina Yacht Club – Southeast Asia’s largest and award-winning marina – is set to host the eighth edition of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show from 21-24 November and showcase everything marine and more in what has become the largest outdoor marine and lifestyle show in Thailand.

Welcoming 14.8 million tourists in 2018 and visitor numbers in 2019 expected to exceed last year, Pattaya is one of the largest tourism destinations in Thailand, and combined with the ongoing development of the EEC, the region’s leisure industry is well positioned for continued growth. Ocean Marina Yacht Club’s own research shows that the number of yachting day trip guests in 2018 increased more than 60% year-on-year, with 2019 on course to grow further. While Pattaya’s top visitor nationalities are China, Russia, Korea, India and Germany, Thais are the third largest nationality taking day yacht trips and this has increased more than 90% over the last five years, helping to firmly place Pattaya at the heart of the Gulf of Thailand’s yachting playground.

“We are seeing marine leisure tourism growing in Pattaya and surrounds. The number of visitors taking day trips continues to rise, with the average spend being 2,500THB per day per person. We are also seeing yacht charter increasing with the minimum spend being 10,000THB per person. What is very encouraging is the number of Thai people getting out on boats – this is a significant and important trend for the region and one of the areas we have been promoting through the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show since the beginning,” said Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club and organisers of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

With more than 30 global yacht brands at this year’s Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show – power and sail – together with domestic builds and the latest in-water technological developments, the marine line-up will be one of the largest ever seen and offers the full spectrum of watercraft from dinghies and tenders upto superyachts.

Complementing the yacht line-up is the always-popular demonstration zone which will be a hive of activity with the latest marine toys, water sports equipment, seaflyers and more.

With more than 6,000 visitors from around the world expected this year, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show was created as an experiential show where visitors can get a first-hand flavour of the yachting lifestyle. There are free taster yacht cruises departing the marina throughout the show, as well as bookable evening sunset cruises, and opportunities for people with disabilities to have a go at sailing in the purpose-built SV14 dinghies.

“For the yachting enthusiast, we have all angles covered,” commented Finsten. “We have dinghies, tenders and day boats right up to luxury yachts and superyachts. Leading brands from around the world will be on display and represented, as well as some of the finest built boats from Thailand’s boat building industry.”

There’s plenty for visitors to experience onshore as well with a diverse range of exhibitors that will appeal to all. From widgets and gadgets to water sports, marine toys, furniture and decor items for the boat and home, luxury properties, international schools and more, the 2019 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is the most diverse yet.

Set to turn heads at this year’s show is Solaire Heliluck Aviation who are exhibiting for the first time this year. Based in the Gulf of Thailand, Solaire Heliluck Aviation offer aerial services and those attending the show can get a taster with air excursions along the coastline taking off and landing from the marina throughout the show. Also exhibiting for the first time are Siam Seaplane who’s premium seaplane services provide fast, easy and seamless access to luxury resorts, beaches and marinas around the region.

For families, there’s a plethora of fun things for the kids to do including games and a inflatable pirate ship. Pop-up eateries on the waterfront will offer tasty bites throughout the day and into the evening. As the sun sets, there’s no better place to be with a cocktail in hand than overlooking the marina, and for the cigar aficionados there’s an exclusive book-in-advance cigar dinner on the evening of 23rd November.

“The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is a great day out for all and there are exhibits that everyone can enjoy. From yachts to marine products, lifestyle, property and much more, there’s more variety than ever before and we invite everyone to come to Ocean Marina Yacht Club from 21 to 24 November and enjoy the show,” added Finsten.

The 8th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show takes place 21 -24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, Pattaya and is open daily from 11:00 – 19:00, closing at 18:00 on Sunday 24th. Entry is free.

For more information:
website: www.oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/oceanmarinapattayaboatshow

Why is a boat show important?

There are many reasons for attending the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
There are many reasons for attending the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
There are many and varied reasons for attending the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, to be held from 21 – 24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

 

There are many and varied reasons for attending the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, to be held from 21 – 24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

First off, if you are in the leisure marine business, it’s a great way to keep up with pricing in the industry. In short, to know what costs what, especially when it comes to yacht brokerage.

The show also provides an excellent 4-day long networking opportunity for not only industry players, but also consumers. Many of the major players in Southeast Asia’s yachting industry will be at the show and what better way to get insight into the best buys, latest trends and more than direct from the experts!

While many are complaining about the strong value of the Thai baht these days, there’s never been a better time for a Thai national (or resident who’s finances are in-country and in baht) to buy a boat. You can simply get more value for your baht right now and that puts you in the driving seat when shopping around and negotiating the best deal.

And if you’re thinking about getting involved in or buying a boat for the first time, that’s great news. The show can give you an idea of the costs involved and the boat best suited for your needs. You can also learn how to navigate and operate a boat as there are a number of sailing schools that operate out of Ocean Marina.

The show will also give an insight into new innovations and products as leading boat brands, chandleries and manufacturers will be displaying their latest models, gadgets and gizmos.

If you are contemplating buying a boat and keeping it at Ocean Marina, you should know that Ocean Marina is the largest marina in Southeast Asia offering over 455 superior quality and modern floating berths for boats up to 65 metres. The marina is designed to accommodate all boats from day runabouts to superyachts, with power and water utilities on the dock.

Whether it’s a marine product or specific service you’re looking for, you can find them all in one place. There are over 30 tenants who open their service shops daily within the Ocean Marina complex including boat builders, boat dealers, boat parts, water sport accessories, yacht charter, mini-mart, sailing instruction and more.

Don’t miss out on the 2019 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show: 21 – 24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

Experience a weekend getaway at Ocean Marina

Ocean Marina - an excellent weekend getaway from Bangkok
Ocean Marina - an excellent weekend getaway from Bangkok
Experience a weekend getaway at Ocean Marina.

 

The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show (OMPBS) runs from 21 – 24 November. This is a terrific reason to escape the poor air quality and pollution of Bangkok, just 90 minutes by car and the entire family can be enjoying fresh air on the coast.

And if you haven’t experienced Ocean Marina, it’s a must. A world-class marina offering a complete range of marine facilities and services that answer all your boating needs set on spacious grounds that includes Ocean Marina hotel, two condominiums, restaurants, swimming pools a fitness centre and more.

Are you worried that your kids may be spending too much time on their phones and playing video games? What better way to get them outside in the fresh air than to get them involved in a water sport – whether it be kayaking, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, even fishing – they will all be on display at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. It’s been proven time and time again that the passion for a water sport lasts a lifetime, so you could be passing on a pastime to your child that they will turn into a skill and carry with them into their golden years.

There are many upscale accommodation options available in the greater Jomtien area that offer family packages and are a great spot to set up home base during the show.

There are also many attractions nearby including:

  • Ramayana Water Park
  • Cartoon Network Amazone
  • Legend Siam
  • Go-kart courses and ATV tracks
  • Tropical botanical gardens

The quiet fishing village of Bang Saray is on Ocean Marina’s doorstep and Sattahip just beyond. Heading the other way is the heart of Pattaya with its shopping and bustling streets.

For those who simply want a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, to charter a yacht for the day, or to immerse themselves in a nautical ambiance, Ocean Marina is an ideal spot. Surrounded by mountains and seascape, it provides easy access to leisurely outdoor activities, tourist attractions, and beautiful nearby islands.

If you want to book a room at the hotel during the show or at another time during the year, the Ocean Marina Yacht Club is beautifully designed and furnished with classic nautical touches. Rooms come with a view of the marina and the ocean horizon in the background, providing the ultimate nostalgic and oceanic feel during your stay. All rooms are furnished in a classic, elegant nautical style.

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show – not just for buying/ selling boats

Solaire Heliluck Aviation will be at Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
Solaire Heliluck Aviation will be at Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
Solaire Heliluck Aviation offering air excursions at Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

 

A boat show is not just for buying and selling boats. So have no fear if you have no intention of getting engaged in either activity – there’s plenty of non-boating activities for non-boaters at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

Ocean Marina Yacht Club is Thailand’s premier marina resort property, featuring an exclusive resort complex, residential properties and Southeast Asia’s largest marina. It’s a great place to unwind and relax, and provides the best view on the Eastern Seaboard of a marina full of boats. As such, it’s the best place for sundowners on the Gulf of Thailand as the sunsets are spectacular, set against the backdrops of boats in the marina with the islands in the distance.

At the show there are plentiful activities for the kids to enjoy and to burn off some excess energy. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about how to get involved in a water sport. Ocean Marina and its environs are a short 90-minute drive from Bangkok and a great base for everything from dinghy sailing to kiteboarding. For those into X-and water sports there will be displays at the show that are bound to captivate adults and kids alike.

And if you’re interested in renting, selling or buying property there will be many property and lifestyle exhibitors at the show who will be more than willing to take the time to explain their properties and services to you.

For automobile and motorbike aficionados, there will be a number of upscale vehicles on display with plenty of beautiful people showing them off.

There will also be free yacht cruises running throughout the show, which will give you a chance to experience life on a yacht. Special sunset cruises are being arranged this year and can be booked in advance while a fashion show on 22 and 23 November from 17:00 – 18:00 will keep everyone entertained.

Helicopter rides are a first this year with Solaire Heliluck Aviation offering air excursions to those who wish to see Jomtien and the coastline from a whole different angle. And if cigars are your thing, check out curated brands from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic by Cigar Emperor.

The daily food festival will highlight countless varieties of Thai and Western foods and tasty bites, as well a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks for all to enjoy. Dine and drink with friends and family while soaking in the atmosphere that only a boat show can create.

Lots to see and do – don’t miss out: 21 – 24 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

Keeping your boat in Ocean Marina, it makes sense

Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Ocean Marina Yacht Club – a safe haven for your boat in the Gulf of Thailand.

 

The east coast is the closest marine playground to Bangkok and is home to stunning islands, beaches, cruising grounds and a world-class marina.

The Ocean Marina Yacht Club (OMYC), located just outside of Pattaya, is the perfect place to keep your boat – it’s a fully serviced, safe facility with a variety of onsite suppliers, who can quickly get you what you need if they don’t have it in stock. And the marina is only a one-and-a-half hour drive from Bangkok.

Ocean Marina is the heart and hub of the Eastern Seaboard’s boating community. You can join in the marina’s racing/sailing programme, and it is a great place to mingle with fellow boaters and sailors. It is home to the annual Top of the Gulf Regatta, where you can race with the best sailors in the region. Ocean Marina also hosts the Platu racing series. The Platu was specially designed to be sailed in the Gulf of Thailand and sailors come from all over the globe to race it in its home waters.

The marina also recently purchased a number of S\V14s to help foster and encourage para sailing in the region and the OMYC community has gone out of its way to try and make sailing easier and more accessible for those with physical disabilities.

Every year, the marina hosts the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, which brings together all the major regional movers and shakers in the leisure marine world, so you get the low-down on the latest happenings and innovations in the nautical world.

Pattaya is also changing. Once known as city of sex and sin, it has become much more family-friendly with a myriad of activities catering to folks of all ages.

And once you get out of Ocean Marina, there is a whole oceanic playground and cruising ground to explore – 187 islands in the Gulf of Thailand in total, many unexplored, with quiet, beautiful, scenic anchorages.

If you don’t have time to go on extended trips, you can always moor your boat at Ocean Marina and use it on the weekends going for a sunset cruise or a brief overnight trip – a great way to entertain friends and family.

South East Asia is the world’s third major yachting destination

Thailand - hub of yachting in Southeast Asia
Thailand - hub of yachting in Southeast Asia
Thailand and Southeast Asia offer world-class cruising to rival that of The Med and Caribbean. Photo Credit: The Wallpaper/ https://thewallpaper.co

 

For years, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean have been the two biggest yachting destinations especially for moneyed people from northern Europe. But if you want a holiday in the Med space is at a premium, and the shoreline is cluttered with chock-a-block resorts, causing some to echo the refrain, “The Med is dead.” And many Caribbean countries are no longer as welcoming to outsiders as they once were. As a result, more and more yachting aficionados are discovering Southeast Asia, one of the last remaining frontiers for those seeking warm and beautiful escapes.

As more people work independently and away from the office, there’s no better locale to work from than Thailand’s scenic shores. Modern communications technology, as well as fast and inexpensive transport, make the Land of Smiles a viable option available to an ever-growing number of entrepreneurs.

And when people bring their yachts here, they can easily become seduced by the expat lifestyle that Thailand offers. Respected international schools and hospitals as well as good international air connections and telecommunications. Throw into the mix distinguished chefs at international-standard restaurants, top-of-the-line golf courses, international sailing regattas and a vibrant nightlife, and you’ve got a package that most people find quite attractive.

A major problem preventing more yachties from jumping on the Southeast Asia bandwagon is simple ignorance. If their yacht breaks down and needs repair, they don’t think there are capable tradesmen in the region to get their boat up and running again. WRONG!!

Also, as each country has different rules and regulations for how long yachts and crew can stay in their country it can be confusing for yachties from abroad when it comes to planning itineraries. That’s where yacht agencies come in and there are a number of well-reputed ones in Thailand who can help with everything from visa regulations to catering, to port of choice and recommended tradespeople.

Ocean Marina, for example, is a fully-serviced marina which can rival any in Europe. The marina’s breakwater provides sheltered berthing and the chandleries on site offer a full range of leisure marine supplies while Harbor Master Scott Finsten can recommend companies for any maintenance or repair work you may need.

 

Interview with Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

 

Scott Finsten is no newcomer to the marine industry having moved to Thailand and Ocean Marina almost nine years ago from his home country of Australia, where he was working at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

The initiator of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show eight years ago, we ask Scott to share with us some background on the show, the plans and goals for this year, and also for the future.

How did the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show come about?
We were planning an expansion to the marina and I said to the team that once we’ve finished the expansion I’ll organise an international-standard boat show to showcase the marina to everyone. We finished, and so I did.

What were the aims of that first show?
Our primary aim was to target Thai visitors. We wanted to attract Thai people to the show, to showcase the boating lifestyle to Thais and to also interest them in the coastal areas. Thailand has stunning beaches, islands and cruising grounds and I’d like to see more Thai people appreciating their own coast.

When I first arrived at Ocean Marina almost nine years ago, Thai boat ownership in the marina was at 30%. Today, that has increased; today 45% of the boats in the marina are Thai owned. I attribute a lot of that to the boat show, which has helped and continues to help, introduce Thai people to boating. And I also think the growth of charter on the East Coast has helped to introduce Thai people to boating and increase Thai boat ownership.

How has the show developed over the years?
The most obvious development has been the growth in size of the show. The onshore space is much more today than in year one. The numbers of exhibitors, variety of businesses exhibiting and the diverse range of products and brands represented at the show last year, compared to year one, is considerably more.

We’ve also seen a huge growth in the number of visitors – they have more than doubled since the show’s first year.

What hasn’t changed significantly, and this is a good thing, is the demographic of visitors. More than 70% of the visitor profile is Thai. This reinforces our early goals and remains an important goal for the show now and in the future.

What will be new at this years show?
This year is the eighth consecutive year we have organised the show. The event will take place 21 to 24 November and will have onshore and in-water displays.

The exhibitor area is similar to last year though we have expanded the in-water space and we can now welcome upto 40 boats in-the-water at the show.

The major change onshore is the roofed areas. This year we will have a single large tent that will be home to most of the onshore booths and displays. There is also raw outdoor space for those exhibitors who wish to create unique displays, but the large roofed area will be home to a diverse range of displays. Being all under one roof is good for exhibitors and makes it more convenient for visitors.

Please share some of this year’s highlights?
The in-water demonstrations will return again this year. These are always popular with visitors and allow water sports equipment and “boat toys” best show what they can do.

New in-the-water this year will be a fleet of S\V14s. These sailing dinghies have been designed for people with disabilities. Ocean Marina invested in a fleet of eight S\V14s which arrived earlier this year with the aim to make sailing more inclusive. The boats will be in-the-water and available for any people with disabilities to have a go. We will have a support team so if you’ve never sailed before but want to try, you can do so any day during the show.

Other highlights include helicopter rides. We are working with an aviation company who will have a helicopter based onsite during the show and will be offering paid trips during the show. There will also be a sea plane company exhibiting at the show for the first time.

In addition to our always-popular yacht cruises that depart every hour throughout the four days, we have this year introduced a two-hour sunset cruise which people can book in advance or at the show. It will be priced 1,500THB per person and includes snacks and refreshments.

We will also plan to have a fashion show.

The activity programme is bigger than ever before, and this is in addition to all our regular features and family-friendly activities that we have every year, so I invite everyone to come down to Ocean Marina 21 to 24 November and enjoy the show. Entry is free!

What are your goals for show in the future?
Firstly, we want to built on the last seven years of success. Organising a show of this size is not easy, there are many people involved and many variables. The show has been well received by exhibitors and visitors since we launched in 2012, and we want to build on that.

There’s no radical change to our target visitors: our overriding aim is to use the show to introduce more Thai people to boating and to support the industry’s growth.

Within the marina itself we have some exciting plans. After a number of expansions over the last eight or nine years, we are now pretty much maxed out in terms of size in-the-water. We can accommodate 450 boats in-the-water, making us the largest marina in South East Asia.

However, we’re not resting on our laurels. We are striving to improve and later this year we will be introducing a new waste collection and recycling initiative in the marina. This will focus on waste brought back by boats from cruising. Waste will separated into receptacles on each dock and then sent for recycling or reuse, with any funds made from the sale of waste going direct to those privately employed on boats in the marina. The marina will not accept any of the revenues, but wish to encourage the boating community to work together to improve the marine environment that we all love so much.

Thailand’s East Coast – An Undiscovered Sailing Destination

Koh Mak is just one of the stunning islands off Thailand's east coast
Koh Mak is just one of the stunning islands off Thailand's east coast
Koh Mak is just one of the stunning islands that make up the Koh Chang Archipelago. Photo credit: Heinz Albers.

 

Many people remain convinced that if you want to go sailing in Thailand you must go to the Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi triangle.

But that’s just not the case. All told, there are 187 islands to explore in the Gulf of Thailand. There is some terrific sailing to be done in the Koh Chang archipelago, specifically the three main islands of Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood.

The jumping off point for these destinations is Ocean Marina, Thailand (and South East Asia’s) largest marina where there are close to 70 boats available to choose from for charter or join-in trips. And if time is of the essence, those charter companies offering multi-day cruising can arrange for you to pick up your boat at Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island.

There are many isolated bays and anchorages in the archipelago that make for a perfect sailing holiday and you’re unlikely to see much other boat traffic making you feel like you are alone in your own water wonderland.

For the more adventurous with the proper visa and custom documentation, you can sail into Cambodian waters and venture to areas that few sailboats ever get to visit.

The nexus for all sailing on Thailand’s east coast is Ocean Marina – whether you want to go to a sailing school, buy marine supplies, fix your yacht, moor your yacht, anything and everything is available at Ocean Marina.

If you don’t have time for an extended trip to the Koh Chang area you can always do a day trip from Ocean Marina to one of the many neighbouring islands, and if you want to practice your navigation skills head over Koh Si Chang way and the channel that leads to Laem Chabang – one of the busiest seaports in all of Southeast Asia.

An extended sailing trip that will take you close to Cambodian waters and a number of deserted islands, or for those on a tight timeline a day cruise to go snorkeling and have a picnic on a scenic beach – it’s all available and possible through the companies operating out of Ocean Marina.

Millennials Set To Embrace Marine Leisure Tourism

Millennials Set To Embrace Marine Leisure Tourism in Thailand
Millennials Set To Embrace Marine Leisure Tourism in Thailand
Millennials are becoming one of the biggest groups of travellers globally, and they are looking for new experiences, such as yachting tourism.

 

Millennials are becoming one of the biggest groups of travellers globally, and they are looking for new experiences and something beyond the norm to do when they travel. Today, they make up 40% of all international travelers and half of all international luxury trips are made by millennials.

This is where yachting tourism fits in; chartering boats or joining day trips out on-the-water are new experiences for many and are becoming ever more popular with millennials the world over.

For a long time upwardly mobile Thais shunned life on the water, preferring to avoid direct sunlight. But now, with sleek outdoor wear and yachting clothing that breathes and protects against the sun’s ultraviolet rays, there is a trend of more Thais going boating. Also, larger motor yachts will come with a captain and crew so passengers can enjoy their cruise with indoor air-conditioned luxury should it be preferred.

As such, the number of Thais going on day trips or chartering boats in Pattaya has increased 90% over the last five years.

The gateway to these marine leisure experiences is Ocean Marina where boats can be chartered to nearby locations for snorkeling and swimming adventures as well as picnics on deserted islands. For those that are keen on sailing, there are sailing schools that can take you from “zero to hero” in no time. Smaller dinghy boats are also available for hire for those who want to get experience from the ground up. As are kayaks and fishing boats for those who want a totally different aquatic adventure.

A huge part of millennials’ life is their social network; they want to be cool, and to be seen doing cool things. Experiences are to be shared on Facebook and Instagram, or tweeted about on Twitter, and what better eye-catching experience is there to share with your friends and followers than an on-water experience off Thailand’s stunning east coast. Sunset cruises, boat shows, regattas, beach clubs with beautiful people wearing (or not) beautiful clothes all make for great posts on your favourite social platform.

For years, it was thought that the Chinese only traveled in group packages, but the truth is group tours are declining, especially with the Chinese. Fifty percent of Chinese travelling overseas are now FITs and millennials comprise 60% of all Chinese travelling overseas. These Chinese millennials in particular are looking for more luxury travel. They want more individual experiences. Aquatic adventures offer those unique experiences.

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show visitor demographics show a growing attendance from Thai millennials and is a market organisers are targetting to grow further in 2019 and beyond.