Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, the Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s Phuket office, revealed that Phuket was recently awarded the title of ‘Best Asian Maritime Capital’ of the Asia Boating Award 2010 which was a part of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show held in Hong Kong on May 8th 2010.
This Asia Boating Awards was held in Hong Kong for the 1st time. Around 300 of the world’s leading marine companies were invited to exhibit their boats in the event; most of them voted Phuket as the ‘Best Asian Maritime Capital 2010’ beating competition including Singapore and Hong Kong. (Also the ‘Best Asia-based Charter Company’ was Sunsail with a base in Phuket as well as Malaysia, & Vietnam)
Bangornrat commented that this award showed that Phuket was always ready to welcome tourists who love marine travel. It has several marinas giving yachting & boat services people want. Apart from this, the island hosts international sailing competitions including the King’s Cup Regatta and other regattas all year round. Therefore, this award indicated that it was not far from being able to promote Phuket as the center of world marine tourism.