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PIMEX ends with record number of visitors

The 13th annual Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) came to a close last week, with a record turnout of visitors.

Known as the longest running marine and lifestyle show in Southeast Asia, 5,500 visitors attended PIMEX, which was held at Royal Phuket Marina. The show saw a line-up of motor yachts from over 60 international brands, and a 35%increase in the number of sailing yachts and multihulls exhibiting.

Andrew Dowden, managing director of the events organisers, Andaman Marine Consultants added, “The show got off to a great start with two boats sold on the first day and a record visitor turnout. One of the first boats sold was a mid-sized sail boat and it’s very encouraging to see the diversity of exhibitors and sales, showing Phuket really is at the heart of boating in the region.”

One of the largest in-water displays at the show was presented by yacht broker, Simpson Marine. The brand showcased a variety of international brands, from Viking sport fishing boats, to Monte Carlo Yachts, Sail.

Sergio Loiacono, Thailand country manager at Simpson Marine commented, “Being a multi-brand dealer with offices throughout Asia means we can take care of both international and local clients, and Phuket is increasingly becoming the hottest yachting destination in Asia.

“Thailand is a key sales and charter market for us, and we have seen a quality and diverse group of visitors at this year’s edition of the Phuket International Boat Show.”

A larger display of superyachts was also reported at the show, as the Thai government looks to expand the superyacht charter market in Thailand. The biggest was displayed by Gulf Craft, with its 32.7m Majesty 105.

Organisers will now offer a dedicated superyacht facility at the show from next year, which will take place from 5th until 8th January 2017.

For more information, visit the Phuket International Boat Show.

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