EEC to drive Marine Tourism boom in Thailand’s East


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EEC to drive Marine Tourism boom in Thailand’s East
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show to be held 23 – 26 November, 2017 in Pattaya

PATTAYA, Thailand – The Thai Government is driving ahead with its Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) plans to develop Thailand’s Gulf region into a key business and leisure hub. With expansion of U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport and high speed rail linking Don Muang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports already approved, an additional 230 billion baht has been approved for the third phase of the Laem Chabang deep-sea port, the third phase of the Map Ta Phut deep-sea port and a double-track rail network linking Laem Chabang, Map Ta Phut and Sattahip deep-sea ports, all of which will drive marine tourism in the East of Thailand.


Speaking of the growing importance of Thailand’s East and its geographical importance in the region, Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, said, “The Gulf of Thailand has tremendous natural assets, both offshore and on, and it’s encouraging to see the region getting priority attention from the Thai Government. Not only is Thailand’s East seeing significant government investment but private investment is also increasing. This brings further development of the leisure infrastructure and with Ocean Marina Yacht Club – the largest marina in South East Asia – and Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, we are positioned to support this growth.”


Billed as ‘Thailand’s Biggest Outdoor Lifestyle Boat Show’, the 2017 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show retains its premier position in the global marine events calendar kicking off the Asian boat show season from 23 – 26 November. Organised by and hosted at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, the event has established itself as the place to do business for the regional marine industry with more than 150 businesses expected to showcase their products and services to an ever-growing number of people with an interest in the marine lifestyle.
“I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show for the sixth year from 23 – 26 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. Our objective has been clear from day one; that the event be a strategic growth driver for the regional marine industry. The event attracts a growing number of visitor nationalities to experience the best of marine tourism in the East of Thailand each year and this year we aim to grow on our past five years of success. The onshore and in-water displays will be bigger than ever and there will be lots of activities and fun for everyone from the serious boat buyer to the family member who wants to get a glimpse of the marine lifestyle on offer,” commented Mr. Finsten.


Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show generates a minimum of two billion baht annually for the marine and tourism industry in the East through trade at the show and business stimulated throughout the year.

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“We have a track record of boat and product sales at the show since we started. But what’s even more important than this are the leads made and the deals and transactions that take place after the show. The event provides a marketing platform and opportunity for interested visitors to see what’s on offer from the industry, and with our close proximity to Bangkok we see many city residents make appointments to come back in the weeks and months after the show for private viewings and sea trials, which leads to more sales,” added Mr. Finsten. “With the EEC gaining momentum and investment pouring into the East coast, marine tourism is set to boom over the coming years.”

The 4-day event format with exhibits along the marina front immediately next to the in-water displays has proven popular with both exhibitors and visitors, and underscores the marine lifestyle that is at the core of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. The 6th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will take place 23 – 26 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand.

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About Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show was launched in 2012 to much acclaim from the industry and visitors. Attracting a wide range of marine and leisure exhibitors, the 2017 show will take place 23rd to 26th November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club and will showcase Jomtien and the Greater Pattaya region to the world, underscoring the Gulf of Thailand as a strategic yachting hub in South East Asia.

About Ocean Marina (a prestigious project by Ocean Property)

Situated on Jomtien Beach in Greater Pattaya, Ocean Marina is Thailand’s premier marina resort complex and the largest in South East Asia, a short drive from Bangkok and just one hour from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The world-class marina is complemented by a yacht club, accommodation, fine dining and recreational facilities as well as two luxury residences – San Marino and Ocean Portofino.

Ocean Marina is home to the annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show and Top of the Gulf Regatta – Asia’s largest multi-class regatta – and has been the official venue for leading international events, including CataWorld Cup, 24th SEA Games, as well as large-scale concerts by Grammy, Cool FM and more.

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What to look out for at Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show
Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2016, 24th – 27th November 2016

If it’s boats you are interested in, Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is the place to be from 24th to 27th November. The event will see the biggest display of boats yet. Ranging from small day boats upto superyachts, there is plenty of diversity for all tastes.

Prestige 500 – luxurious boats from the Prestige brand.

Regional premieres by Simpson Marine include the Monte Carlo Yachts 86 (MCY86) and the Monte Carlo 6 (MC6). Along the dock are five Princess Yachts from Boat Lagoon Yachting – the Princess 42, Princess 52 and Princess 56, upto the Princess 72 Motor Yacht and the second largest in the show, the Princess 88 Motor Yacht. Adjacent to the Princess Yachts display, and also represented by Boat Lagoon Yachting, will be two luxurious boats from the Prestige brand – the Prestige 420 and Prestige 500.

Ocean Emerald – largest boat in the show

Largest boat in the show is the superyacht Ocean Emerald – the eye-catching, head-turning Norman Foster-designed 41 metre motor yacht offers a unique charter experience for discerning guests.

Cranchi M 44 HT – Distinctive models from the Italian brand.

Elsewhere in the water will be Azimut Yachts Thailand showing two of the Italian brand’s iconic models – the Azimut Atlantis 43 and Azimut Flybridge 50 – as well as another Italian luxury motor yacht brand Cranchi, who will be displaying two of their distinctive models including the Cranchi M 44 HT. Gulf Charters will be displaying the award-winning Island Spirit Catamarans as well as the Heliotrope HT 48 power catamaran and the brand new MTV55 from the Bakri Cono Shipyard.

Axopar 28 – Derani Yachts

Derani Yachts will be showcasing the award-winning Axopar boats with three from the range on display while Sky Cruise Phuket will be debuting the Seastella Aquitalia range of power boats. Another debut in Pattaya will be Leopard Catamarans who will be displaying their latest models.

Also on display are a number of brokerage boats in-the-water – Ferretti, Azimut, Seat Boat’s SB90 and more – as well as a large selection of brokerage listings that are available for viewing from Thailand’s leading brokers.

Water sports and more

Onshore expect to see everything from widgets, marine accessories (BVZ Asia®) and services (M.V.M. Surveys) to the latest marine toys. Kayaks, paddle boards and the James Bond-style jet pack flying boards can be viewed and if you wish to know more you can enjoy a demo and even have a test trial (ask the retailer).

Providing all your marine needs are product displays from Liqui Moly GMBH, Sika (Thailand) and V.R. Handle, while engines from Yamaha, Suzuki, Cummins and Volvo will be on display by Watchara Marine, Hull Co., Ltd., Cummins DKSH (Thailand), and VSM Volvo.

Ocean Portofino by Ocean Property
Ocean Portofino by Ocean Property

Luxury Properties

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will also host leading luxury property developers with offerings in the prime beach destinations of Hua Hin and Pattaya, and a mix of condominiums in Bangkok.

Take a look at Mövenpick Residences & Pool Villas – a collection of branded villa and condominium residences on Na Jomtien beachfront – or the luxurious 1, 2 and 4 bedroom condominiums at Ocean Portofino by Ocean Property overlooking Ocean Marina. Bangkok-based Origin property have a wide range of property offerings ideal as residences or investment in prime locations around Bangkok while developer, Nusasiri, will be showcasing their latest premium developments as well as their innovative investment offering NusaOne.