Thailand Charter Week enjoys Ministry, TAT support
The second Thailand Charter Week at Phuket Yacht Haven launched on Wednesday with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Mr Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, has thrown his personal support behind the second edition of Thailand Charter Week, which is also sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and organised by the Thai Yachting Business Association.
Ms Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Mr Narong Woonsiew, the Governor of Phuket, were also among senior government officials who attended the opening day of the Thailand Charter Week at Phuket Yacht Haven. The event was first held in late 2019, with the second edition delayed until now due to the pandemic.
On Wednesday afternoon, government officials and VIPs cruised on three of the exhibiting superyachts: the Yacht Haven
Thailand Charter Week 2022 is a fabulous marketing platform that works well with Thailand’s strategic marine tourism plan. This luxury yachting event will help promote Thailand as a marine tourism destination, offering premium charter yachts and superyachts to international and domestic charter brokers,” said Mr Phiphat.
“Yachting will be one of the key mechanisms for restoring the economy by tourism.Ministry of Tourism and Sports gives its full support to this event in term of sponsorship and will promote this event through our domestic and international media channels.”
Mr Phiphat spoke about the cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which exhibits at major boat shows in Monaco, Cannes, Fort Lauderdale, Dubai and Sydney, as the country seeks to revive tourism following a quiet couple of years in the pandemic era.
“We’re working with our international TAT office to promote and advertise the country’s stunning yachting destinations,” Mr Phiphat said. “Additionally, we have a ‘road show’ exhibiting at major yacht shows in Europe, US and other regions, which play an integral part in promoting Thailand as a yachting destination to the international market.”
Mr Phiphat also commented on some major yachting projects in Phuket, including the upcoming superyacht marina in Port Macchanu, which will be able to haul out superyachts for services, repairs and maintenance.
“It’s great that private companies are interested in developing marine infrastructure. Thailand needs more marinas, especially superyacht marinas. This will increase our capabilities to become ‘Asia’s yachting hub’,” Mr Phiphat said.
“Superyacht shipyards are still a missing piece of the puzzle, as they help enable superyachts to stay in Thailand long term. They need an international-standard service facility and the Port Macchanu marina will be a big move for Thailand.