Thailand Charter Week is Asia’s premier B2B charter event for yachts and superyachts, a luxury yachting event that provides a platform to luxury charter yacht companies, set in the stunning ‘Superyacht Hub of Asia’, Phuket Island. The second edition will be held from the 16th to the 19th of November 2022 and will once again be hosted by the Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.
Organisers of the Thailand Charter Week, the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA), are looking to make the coming event even bigger following the successful inaugural edition held two years ago. Inspired by the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, the Thailand Charter Week 2022 will be the second international charter event for Yachting & Tourism industry professionals.
The B2B event encourages engagement between yachts, marine industry players, sponsors, and professional visitors in an intimate environment. International and local Charter Brokers, Luxury Travel Agents, Luxury Tour Operators, and Hotel Industry Professionals will be introduced to Phuket’s renowned charter yachts, experience Phuket’s famed hospitality and will enjoy a program of destination, activities, and sustainable yachting information along with local entertainment.
The Thailand Charter Week will include a fulfilling program of yacht inspections, presentations, discussions, yachting activities, plus business networking opportunities. For the first two days, charter yachts will be on display at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. There will also be panel discussions and presentations about various subjects, such as Thailand destinations, marinas, cultural activities etc. The last day will feature a one-day ‘familiarization’ cruise aboard participating yachts to exciting charter destinations around Phuket and the Andaman Sea to help build and realize potential business and partnerships.
TBYA states, “Our mission is to offer the most effective platform for your brand to capture and interact with the most relevant target audience.” An organising committee of TYBA members are running the event with the participation of leading international charter brokers and other local charter companies.
The Thailand Charter Week will welcome a wide range of charter yachts offering charters in various daily, weekly and budget ranges. Most are based in the South-East Asian region for several years in destinations such as Phuket (Thailand), Mergui Archipelago(Myanmar), Langkawi (Malaysia) or the Indonesian Islands. TBYA will match charter brokers and agents with the right type of yacht and crew.
“After two years the wait is finally over as we see an international boat show return to the sunny shores of Phuket Island”, reports Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS), adding: “Event organisers are expecting lots of interest in the show as activities return to normal after the pandemic.
It will be great to see Phuket buzzing again!”, noted Fernandes, noting the Thai government is encouraging high end and luxury travel. In early 2021 the Thailand Finance Ministry announced a change in charter rules that would allow foreign-flagged superyachts to charter their vessels without having to pay VAT on the import value of the yacht.
“We are thrilled to welcome back international luxury yachts following Thailand’s lifting of all Covid border restrictions as of October 1st, making long stays easier for luxury vessels to cruise the beautiful islands of the Andaman Seas and the Gulf of Thailand”, notes APS co-founders, Gordon Fernandes, Captains Charlie Dwyer and Scott Walker.
Now, with the kingdom fully reopened, international visitor and yachts arrivals are on the rise, international events and local festivals are being held and major international and regional airlines are resuming flights from countries around the world.