Pattaya To Become Marine Leisure Hub Of Asia

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show official media launch.

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show official media launch.

Organisers of the sixth Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show expect more than two billion baht (approx. US$60 million) of trade to be generated by the show while supporting the government’s policy to make Thailand the “Marina Hub of ASEAN” and showcasing the marine leisure credentials – onshore and off – of the Gulf of Thailand. To be held 23 – 26 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is a key consumer boat show in the region, showcasing global boat brands and marine products to a Thai market with a growing appetite for the marine leisure lifestyle.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pattaya welcomed approximately 8 million visitors in H1 2017 with spending up 15% on the same period in 2016, while Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations Ranking placed Pattaya as the 20th in the world by number of visitors.

“Pattaya is showing strong growth in visitor arrivals and receipts and is central to the development of the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor. Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has an important role to play in this, being the leading platform for marine businesses to promote their products and services to a domestic and international audience. Now in its sixth year, the consumer-focused show has earned a reputation as being a boat show for boat lovers, where people come to see and test the latest products in the industry, and has a track record of trade,” said Dr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol, Managing Director, Ocean Property.

Top international yachting brands will exhibit alongside Thailand’s leading marine businesses with pleasure yachts and commercial vessels ranging from under 1 million baht to superyachts priced at more than 200 million baht. New and brokerage boats, charter services, Thai boat builders, and a wide range of marine products and services will be on display over the four days.

“Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show actively promotes the Gulf of Thailand with it’s spectacular cruising grounds and world-class onshore facilities, and generates a direct economic gain for the marine and tourism industries in Thailand’s East through trade at the show and business stimulated thereafter. This year we expect the show to exceed more than two billion baht in trade,” added Dr. Tirachai.

With the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) a national government priority, Ocean Marina Yacht Club have been actively working with government departments and authorities to promote and develop, the East Coast and Gulf of Thailand’s marine leisure facilities.

“Thailand’s East Coast has huge leisure potential. The natural marine assets are relatively untouched and following changes by the Customs Department last year we are receiving more inquiries from international pleasure boats and superyachts who wish to berth themselves in Pattaya and discover the Gulf of Thailand. We are also seeing more Thai people chartering boats for private vacations and more charter companies opening up in the Gulf region to cater to this market. In terms of day trips to nearby islands, this segment is growing rapidly – in H1 2017 18,000 people on average per month departed from Ocean Marina Yacht Club to the islands, up 60% year-on-year. All this bodes well for the local marine industry and provides a solid foundation for further growth of the marine leisure sector in the Gulf of Thailand,” said Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

Kicking off the Asian boat show season, more than 6,000 people are expected to visit the 20,375 sqm of onshore and in-water exhibition space at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. A multi-billion baht line-up of boats and businesses will be showcasing everything from small day boats to superyachts, marine products and services, luxury cars and property, and all manner of marine gadgets and water toys. Highlights include experiential activities for visitors and in-water demonstrations from Seabreacher, Jetsurf and many more, as well as free daily yacht cruises.

Held from 23 – 26 November 2017 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is open daily from 11:00 – 19:00 (closing at 18:00 on Sunday) and entry is free to all.

A Boat Show For Boat Lovers

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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has always focussed its efforts in two areas: 1) Ensuring a quality and diverse line-up of marine businesses showing their products and services, and 2) Attracting visitors with an interest in the product and the purchasing power.

“We believe it’s important our exhibitors get a return on their investment in the show. Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show first and foremost is a showcase of all things marine. Whether it’s gadgets and gizmos, the latest on-water toys, jetski, hobie cats, speedboats, commercial passenger crafts to luxury sail and power boats and superyachts, we cater to all marine products and services and we focus our visitor marketing on attracting the right kind of visitor so exhibitors will have a successful show,” commented Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

Three months out and the in-water display is shaping up with leading international yacht brands and local dealerships, the most recent to sign-up being Azimut and Simpson Marine, already taking up many of the in-water berths.

Thailand itself has an established boat building industry renowned for innovation and quality, and Bangkok and the East Coast is the heart of that industry. Building on last year’s success which saw a number of local boat builders showcase their products for the first time and secure sales and orders at the show, there has been increased interest in this segment with Sakun C the latest Thai boat builder to confirm their attendance.

Onshore, chandlers, water toys, brokerages, boat maintenance and marine product suppliers will be displaying their wares, and are joined by a selection of the finest properties from the Eastern Seaboard and Bangkok and the Dot Property Pavilion which will be making its debut this year.

“With our close proximity and easy access to Bangkok, we will again see a large turnout of potential buyers from Bangkok, and through a series of co-promotions with luxury businesses and brands in the capital there will be more Thai High Net Worth Individuals hosted and visiting the show this year,” added Mr. Finsten.

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.

Ocean Marina Yacht Club

“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

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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.