Jan 102011

WORD ON PHUKET BOATING SCENE: Organisers of the PIMEX international boat show in Phuket have received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback from the 4-day event held at Royal Phuket Marina from the 6th to 9th January.

Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX)

Boats worth billlions of baht were on display at PIMEX 2011

The Phuket International Marine Exhibition (PIMEX) this year attracted a record numbers of visitors with 5,500 people on the opening day, said Show Director Andy Dowden of the The Informa Yacht Group.

“Transactions at the show exceeded USD17 million with more expected post-PIMEX (approx THB510 million),” he said.

Two luxury boats  — a Monterey 298SS Super Sport, sold by Derani Yachts, and a 57-foot Jeanneau by Lee Marine — and a Jaguar car were sold on the first day.

A 33-ft Fountain powerboat was also sold in a private sale.

A total of 47 boats and superyachts were on display in the water and 86 companies took part in the exhibition.

Also on display were luxury villas worth THB 10 million to US$10 million and luxury cars from THB3 million to THB23 million.

There was a great deal of interest from Asian buyers but this year’s show attracted an unprecedented number of potential buyers from Russia, reinforcing Phuket as the marine hub in Asia, said Mr Dowden.