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Phuket proud to host PIMEX

January 6, 2011

Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak today officially opened PIMEX 2011 with resounding praise.

“Phuket is very proud to host such an international event. It is the only event of its kind in Thailand,” he told the crowd gathered at Royal Phuket Marina.

“Phuket is becoming Southeast Asia’s focal point for international-standard tourism and the marine industry. International investment in the marine industry in Phuket has shown continual growth.

“The Thai government understands and appreciates the power of the marine industry and is ready to support its development, such as by lifting import duties on boats.” he added.

More than 90 companies from over 50 countries are taking part in this year’s show, which is expected to draw more than 6,000 visitors.

To help achieve that target, there are more than 40 boats on show in the water. Prices for some of the ultimate cruising craft venture into millions of dollars.

The vice governor praised Royal Phuket Marina as a “model” venue for the event. “It is beautiful with many high-end shops and restaurants for welcoming visitors to the show.

“Together, these make PIMEX just like an international boat show in the Mediterranean,” he said.

“The first day has been very busy with over 1,500 people visiting the Show. Feedback from exhibitors and visitors has been very positive,” said Andy Dowden, Show Director, Phuket International Boat Show.

PIMEX has brought the Mediterranean to Phuket for the next four days. Boat brands from all over the world, ranging in size from 30 feet to 87 feet superyachts, with a cumulative value in excess of USD100 million, are on display in the marina, surrounding the all new XJ Jaguar on a central floating dock.

Jaguar, also with a large indoor display, reported strong interest and good feedback on the first day of the Show, having taken many interested customers for test drives.

A regular PIMEX exhibitor, SEAT Boat Co. Ltd. are exhibiting in the water for the first time this year: “We are presenting SeaRay as well as Thai built boats this year and after the first day we are very happy with the interest. PIMEX is a great place for marine business and networking. The quality of visitors is very high and we already have lots of enquiries,” said Ruangrat Benjarit, Managing Director, SEAT Boat Co. Ltd.

Activity down the dock at other dealers and boat builders has also been brisk, as has traffic in the Exhibition Hall.

At close on the first day of the Show, the signs are positive for a strong PIMEX 2011, and all indications are that Phuket continues to attract well-heeled visitors and is THE place for marine business in Asia.

“The weather has been ideal, a little overcast and not too hot. If it stays this way we could well beat previous years’ visitor numbers,” added Dowden.

The Phuket International Boat Show continues Friday 7th through to Sunday 9th January at the Royal Phuket Marina. Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00, closing 18:00 on Sunday 9th January, entry is free.

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