Boat numbers growing in the Gulf of Thailand
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has a clear aim to grow the Thai boating market and since launching the show five years ago, there has been considerable growth in marine tourism and boat use in the Gulf of Thailand.
The boat show has helped to position the region as a leading marine destination in South East Asia, and according to Mr. Finsten, “The number of boat owners overseas choosing Ocean Marina to base their boats and the number of Thai people buying boats in the region has increased, and this is a trend that looks to continue.”
68% of visitors to the 2015 show were Thai, a key demographic for organisers and exhibitors, and a statistic in-line with Ocean Marina’s experience of a boom in the number of Thai people spending time on the water.
“The number of Thai people enjoying the boating lifestyle has increased exponentially in the last five years. Not only are more Thais coming to Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show as a way to learn about boating and to research and buy products, but we see more Thai people chartering boats, getting out on the water and enjoying the beautiful marine playground here in the Gulf of Thailand,” added Mr. Finsten.