Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) 2012
The inaugural PIMEX took place in December 2003. Phuket, with its rapidly expanding marine industry and a healthy property market, was already established as one of the world’s prime leisure destinations and a favourite with those seeking to relocate to a better lifestyle.
Shortly after the first show the import duty on boats was reduced to zero as the Thai government quickly realised the potential of this high end sustainable tourism. The show has matured over the years and now is held at Phuket’s most prestigious residential marina project.
Now in its ninth year, PIMEX is an established and successful event in the marine and leisure calendar. Like its location, PIMEX is a relaxed event where participants celebrate the boating, leisure and luxury lifestyle in an ideal tropical destination. The show is more than boats on display but also an opportunity to see the latest luxury products, properties and engage in some Phuket hospitality.
PIMEX 2012 Opening Times
Thursday 29th March: 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 30th March: 11:00 – 20:00
Saturday 31st March: 11:00 – 20:00
Sunday 1st April: 11:00 – 18:00
For more information, visit www.phuketboatshow.com.
Go Yachting TV at PIMEX 2012
The Go Yachting team were at the 2012 Phuket International Boat Show and undertook a series of interviews with exhibitors. Follow the links below to get market insights from the movers and shakers in the Asian boating industry.
Vrit Yongsakul, Managing Director, Princess Yachts Thailand and Founder of Princess Yachts South East Asia; Shi Lin Oh, Sales and Marketing Director, Princess Yachts Malaysia; and Alan Pickering, Managing Director, Princess Yachts Singapore. Together they discussed Princess Yachts and its development in the region, their respective plans and hopes, and Princess Yachts South East Asia.
Andy Dowden, PIMEX Show Director, discussed PIMEX 2012, the quality line-up of products on display, and how the Show has developed over its nine years.
Gulu Lalvani, Chairman, Royal Phuket Marina, talked about his love of Phuket, launching a world-class marina, and Asia becoming the number one marine region in the world.
Jurg Hofer, Managing Director, Elite Yachting, introduced Elite Yachting, their sales and charter business in Phuket, and their growth plans for Thailand.
Bryan Jones, President, Fairline Boats Asia, who discussed Asia, market trends, and the brands success in Thailand with local dealership Derani Yachts.
Jeanette Hall, HD12 Group, introduced their range of water toys, including the first of its kind in Asia, the Jetlev Flyer – a James-bond-style water-powered jet-pack.
Joshua Lee, Managing Director, Lee Marine, who talked about the market developments and the offerings of Lee Marine, including the largest boat on display at the Show, the Pershing 92.
Alberto Perrone Da Zara, Direttore Commerciale, Ferretti Group, who discussed Asia, Thailand and successes with their local dealership Lee Marine.
Tony Nixey, Managing Director, Go Boating Thailand, who talked about the success of Gulf Craft in the region and the development of the Thai market.
Mario Zanasi, Country Manager – Thailand, Simpson Marine, who talked about the new offerings at the show and the diverse brands they represent in Thailand.
Hakan Lange, Managing Director, Derani Yachts, who outlined the company’s operations in Thailand, the brands they represent, and his views on where the market is heading.
Michael Aumock, Director of Sales and Marketing, Absolute Fractionals Marine Division, who talked about their new fractional boat offering, an Elan 42 Motor Yacht.
Robert Braithwaite, Founder and President, Sunseeker, who talked about the Asia market, Thailand in particular, and launch plans for the near future.