Phuket cuts yacht show clutter

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PHUKET, 9 October 2018: Organisers of  competing boat shows hosted annually on this popular tourist island have decided to join forces.

They will introduce a single  boat show named “Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous.”

In a joint statement issued Monday by Andy Treadwell, CEO of Verventia Pte Ltd, owners of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), Gael and Olivier Burlot, owners of Asia RendezVous, and Gulu Lalvani, chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, they confirmed a partnership to produce one combined boat show in Phuket, 10 to 13 January 2019.  

The move to join forces was the result of a request earlier in the year from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) that called on competitors to organise one major event in Phuket to demonstrate united support for the government’s yacht tourism initiative.

The three organisers reached an agreement last week to merge the Phuket Yacht Show team into the already-announced Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous.

Treadwell said: “It’s obvious that we needed to make this all one event, and great that we’ve been able to do so in a relatively short space of time – entirely thanks to the industry coming together and getting everyone to agree. The TAT, our partners and main sponsor of the Thailand Yacht Show, also asked us earlier in the year to try to put everything into one show instead of competing and dividing the industry. We’re all now looking forward to getting on with the job and building this event over the next few years into a proper international marketing platform for the yachting industry”.

Royal Phuket Marina  chairman, Gulu Lalvani said: “I am delighted to welcome the combined teams to work together and produce the best boat show Phuket has ever seen, here at Royal Phuket Marina in January.”

The Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous will take place from 10 to 13 January 2019, at the Royal Phuket Marina in Phuket.

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