The 10th Anniversary Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) was opened today to a gathering of island dignatories, VIPs and media. Officially opening the Show with the traditional ribbon cutting on the boardwalk, was PIMEX Show Director Mr. Andy Dowden, Mr. Maitri Inthusut, Governor of Phuket and Mr. Charnchai Duangchit, Director of TAT, Phuket Office.
2013 is the 10th year of “Asia’s favourite Boat Show” and while the traditional boating markets of Europe and the USA continue to struggle in the current economic climate, Phuket is driving Asia’s growth and continues to attract top international boat brands and marine products to exhibit.
Pivotal to Asia’s marine industry, Phuket is Asia’s marine playground and has often been referred to as the ‘Monaco of the East’. The island’s well developed marine infrastructure and surrounding cruising grounds makes it the destination of choice to berth, maintain and enjoy a marine leisure lifestyle.
The marine industry in Thailand continues to see strong growth with 15% year-on-year growth in marine leisure and tourism. PIMEX remains the key marketing platform for businesses in the region to market to international visitors from as far afield as Russia, Australia, China and beyond, and helps to generate over THB7 billion for the marine industry.
Phuket’s marine industry, together with PIMEX, is well positioned for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
“PIMEX celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary this year and over the years we are proud the role PIMEX has had in helping to develop and promote Phuket and Asia’s marine industry,” commented Andy Dowden, PIMEX Show Director.
“Together with marine and lifestyle businesses in Phuket and the region, PIMEX helps to position Phuket at the centre of Asia’s booming marine industry, and Asia as the key growth area in the global industry.”
PIMEX 2013 showcases the best of marine and lifestyle in the region with a packed indoor Exhibition Hall and in-water display expecting to attract over 4,000 visitors and interested buyers.
Boats on display range from ‘Blosson Uno’, an Astonda 102 GLX being shown by Princess Yachts Thailand brokerage, which is the largest in the Show this year, to trailer boats with every model, size and type in between. All the major boat brands from around the world are on display this year.
PIMEX is, however, more than boats. The Show includes a wide offering of marine products and services, engines, hardware, widgets, gadgets and marine toys, together with charter, boat builders, marinas and luxury property.
“There is something for everyone at this years PIMEX. The in-water displays is one of the best yet, and the packed Exhibition Hall offers an interesting mix of marine and lifestyle products and services. Combined with the delightful setting of the five-star Royal Phuket Marina, PIMEX offers four-days of entertainment and makes for a great family outing,” added Dowden.
The Phuket International Boat Show is open from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March at Royal Phuket Marina from 11:00am to 7:00pm daily, and closing 6:00pm on Sunday. Entry is free.
For more details, visit www.phuketboatshow.com.