The sixth edition of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show opened its doors to the public today for a four-day festival of the boating lifestyle. Held 23 – 26 November at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, HE Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports presided over the Opening Ceremony. This year’s show features a strong in-water display of global yacht brands and Thai built boats (pleasure and commercial), as well as a diverse range of onshore exhibitors.
“The goal of the show is to exposure more Thais to the leisure marine lifestyle, and to show them how much fun they can have on the water, as well as showcase the marine products and services in the Gulf of Thailand, and the region’s stunning cruising grounds, to international visitors” said, Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club, home of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.
Visitors come from as far as Europe and all over Asia to visit the show, that is now ear-marked as a ‘must-attend’ event in the latter part of November every year. “We are very pleased at how well the show has been received and grown from year-to-year,” added Mr. Finsten.
Just a 90-minute drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and half that time from nearby U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport, Ocean Marina Yacht Club is the gateway to the Gulf of Thailand and the magical Koh Chang archipelago nearby where islands such as Koh Mak and Koh Kood provide sailors with many stunning anchorages and cruising sites to explore.
“We expect the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project to drive economic growth on the East Coast and Pattaya in particular is well positioned to support and benefit from this growth, both off and onshore,” added Mr. Napong.