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  • In a joint statement issued today by Andy Treadwell, CEO of Verventia Pte Ltd, owners of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), Gael and Olivier Burlot, owners of Asia RendezVous, and Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, it was announced that the three parties have agreed to collaborate in producing one combined boat show in Phuket next year 10-13 January.

    The move was precipitated by a request earlier in the year from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to gather the industry together in one major event in Thailand so as to demonstrate united support for the government’s yacht tourism initiative.

    At the same time, since the announcement in August of the Phuket Yacht Show, the yachting industry voiced its strong opinion that there should be only one boat show and requested just such a “get together”, with Royal Phuket Marina being the industry’s preferred venue. The three organisers were able to come to an agreement in principle last week to merge the Phuket Yacht Show team into the already-announced Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous.

    Andy Treadwell explained: “It’s obvious that we needed to make this all one event, and great that we’ve been able to do so in a relatively short space of time – entirely thanks to the industry coming together and getting everyone to agree. The TAT, our partners and main sponsor of the Thailand Yacht Show, also asked us earlier in the year to try to put everything into one show instead of competing and dividing the industry. We’re all now looking forward to getting on with the job and building this event over the next few years into a proper international marketing platform for the yachting industry, and for Thailand as a world-class yacht tourism destination”.

    Gael Burlot added: “We are very pleased to have everyone on board and a clear plan to develop the boat show. The luxury industries are starting to prosper again in this region, and with the right collaborative promotion in the right strategic places like Thailand, the yachting industry should start to see significant growth in this beautiful part of the world, where there is so much opportunity.”

    Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of Royal Phuket Marina, said “I am delighted to welcome the combined teams to work together and produce the best boat show Phuket has ever seen, here at Royal Phuket Marina in January. As the host venue, my team and I will be showcasing Thailand’s marine industry to the world and will work with the organisers to achieve our common objective – to make Phuket and Thailand the central marina hub for the whole of Asia.”

    David Hunter, Managing Director for Torqeedo Asia Pacific, one of the show’s main supporting partners, commented, “As the pioneers of the future of electric mobility for the marine sector, we are delighted to continue our support for the Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous, and we are very pleased to hear that it will now be held at Royal Phuket Marina next January which is a great setting for us and our partners BMW. Our participation at this year’s TYS was a huge success, resulting in us winning contracts with the Thai government, including an all-electric passenger boat which will shortly be launched by the Prime Minister. We have also had several other new projects endorsed by the Minister for Tourism and Sports, who greatly enjoyed his experience at TYS and now fully supports our efforts to drive sustainable mobility.”

    The Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous will take place from 10 – 13 January 2019, at the multi-award winning Royal Phuket Marina in Phuket.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT  www.thailandyachtshow.com

    lease contact: info@asia-rendezvous.com

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    On December 11th 2016 the local yachting industry around Phuket shall step out to let their hair down for a night of entertainment, Live DJ and beverages on the deck at Phuket Yacht Haven.

    SeaLync Yacht Concierge has partnered with local maritime companies to host an evening for yacht Crew in the lead up to the Thailand Yacht Show. With a sensational Hot spit roast from Choice foods, Wine, Rum Mojitos and Gin Tonics by BB & B and live entertainment on the night, it is sure to be an evening to remember.

    Where:  Phuket Yacht Haven Marina
    When:   Sunday 11th December from 6pm
    Dress:   All White
    How:     www.phuketcrewparty.com

    Attendance is for Superyacht Crew or those working in the marine industry, tickets are 250THB each on the night or pre-register for FREE entry at www.phuketcrewparty.com

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    Extended stay for foreign yachts opens up the gulf of Thailand to more international yachts, contributing to the local economy and tourism.

    Marine tourism in the Gulf of Thailand is about to boom. The 5th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show – held 24-27 November, 2016 and set to be the biggest yet with more boats on display than ever – and new improved Customs rulings allowing visiting foreign vessels to stay longer in-country – together lay solid foundations for marine tourism growth in Pattaya and surrounds.

    Pattaya’s multi-billion baht marine industry is poised to grow exponentially over the next few years.

    “Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has grown steadily since it was launched five years ago. The event is a key business event for the marine industry and in addition to welcoming many domestic visitors each year the event has grown to attract many international visitors also. The confidence that the international community has in this event and Thailand’s burgeoning marine industry underscores its potential and importance to the Thai economy,” said Dr. Tirachai Pipitsupaphol, Managing Director, Ocean Property.

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    Supporting Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show’s aim to make Pattaya the Riviera of Asia, to promote marine tourism in the region and showcase the Gulf of Thailand, is a new ruling on the temporary importation of visiting foreign yachts.

    “In the past foreign vessels entering Pattaya were given a relatively short period for temporary importation. This has now changed. The Customs Department in Pattaya have agreed that the “Temporary Importation Permit for Visiting Foreign Vessels” will allow international yachts a period of six months stay which can be extended in-country, opening up the region’s potential to visiting yachts from overseas,” said Mrs. Montira Cherdchoo, Director of Map Ta Phut Customs House, The Customs Department.

    This means that Pattaya will become a hub for regional marine tourism and is set to welcome more than 1,000 international yachts and superyachts annually in the near future, boosting Thailand’s tourism revenue.

    “Many people are not aware of the beauty of this region. There are 187 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with 43 within one hour by boat of Ocean Marina itself. The cruising grounds are spectacular and the extended say allowed for foreign yachts will help open up the region. This is a very positive move and the region is ready to welcome more than one thousand foreign yachts annually,” added Dr. Tirachai.

    Article sourced from J Star & Stapel

    First ever superyacht from Sarp Yachts shows the quality of life on a luxury yacht, 46-metre motoryacht La Passion, offers the ultimate in luxury and comfort from dusk till dawn.

    Sarp Yachts – La Passion

    Sarp Yachts’ first ever superyacht, 46-metre La Passion, offers the ultimate in luxury and comfort from dusk till dawn. See her in person at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.

    Posted by Boat International on Thursday, August 11, 2016

    Se La Passion at this years Monaco Yacht Show. Monaco Yacht Show 2016

    If you’ve you’ve heard of the term “living the dream” but never actually experienced it then here is your chance at the new award-winning and eco-friendly Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa. Tucked away in the west coast of Phuket, it is just a short distance away from Layan Beach and Laguna; where pristine and crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea can be found.Dream logo

    Guests are greeted at Dream with the hotel’s signature mocktail and flowers upon arrival, one of the many things that people like about vacationing in Thailand is the warmth of its infallible Thai hospitality and Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa certainly doesn’t disappoint.

    The hotel has 174 well-appointed rooms, suites and Villas, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views of the beautiful hotel pool, private garden and pool or the lush surrounding green hills with a freestanding bathtubs and frosted glass-wrapped rain forest shower.The generously proportioned rooms have all the amenities & creature comforts one could ask for; a king sized bed covered in fine Egyptian cotton deluxe pillows and a decent 42-inch plasma television, full-size mini bar, etc.Other rooms at Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa include the Executive Garden Pool Suite, Grand Deluxe Pool Suite, Pool Suite, Sky Suite, Sky Pool Suite, and a luxurious Executive Pool Villa.Dream Resort 9

    A sprawling swimming pool, with a swim-up pool bar, runs through the property connecting the different blocks. No matter how inviting the pool (and the swim-up pool bar) is, the main attraction here is the hotel’s signature restaurant, Trilogy. It features a Michelin Star-inspired menus of modern Thai, classic Tuscan and contemporary European cuisine designed by three accomplished chefs, and prepared in a beautiful theatre style kitchen.

    Another dining venue, is the VU Rooftop Pool Bar, hidden away from the main hustle of the hotel, serves up sizzling barbecues and International fares alongside specialty cocktails and refreshing beverages incorporating Thai flavors like lemongrass, tamarind and chili.

    Dream Phuket also has a dedicated Spa offering a 350 square-meter haven of wellness for the body, mind and spirit.  . The Sanctuary Spa offers  a wide selection of pampering treatments and beautifying regimes including massages, facials, wraps, waxes, manicures, pedicures, hair styling in its five modern treatment rooms. For energy boost and nourishment of the body’s core essence, the signature Five Element spa journeys balance the internal elements of wood, fire, earth, water and metal. Sanctuary Spa uses specially imported Ling New York products carefully formulated without known irritants such as mineral oils, lanolin and artificial fragrances.

    The other hidden gem within the Dream Phuket Hotel and Spa is ‘Indulge’, a decadent leather swathed cigar lounge that exudes a mix of allure, intrigue and Dream Resort 21sensuality. The shelves behind the bar features a star-studded cast of more than 200 fine wines, single malts, Cuban cigars, and Asian and Mediterranean Tapas.

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    This article originally appeared in the ‘Luxury Insider’ on 8th August 2016 and written by Prem Neshvin.

    If you ever needed inspiration or motivation to visit the spectacular island off Indonesia, here it is ! Raja Ampat is one of our favorite destinations and simply looks spectacular in this video from ‘Our Planet Daily’

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    The idea of travelling alone as a woman can be scary. But we can’t let that stop us — and luckily, we haven’t: Solo female travel is one of the fastest growing demographics in the industry. And though independent women adventurers are going just about everywhere, few places have seen this boom more than Thailand. Beyond being safe and welcoming, it’s budget-friendly, readily accessible, and yet still totally envy-inducing. It’s a triple threat.

    Thailand is home to different regions, each with its own cuisine and culture. To get a grasp of the country, you’ll have to see them all. From the roots of the Lanna Kingdom in Chiang Mai and the Hill tribes of the north, to the Babas on the island of Phuket in the south (and, of course, the behemoth that is Bangkok), we’ll walk you through the basics.

    Get around the capital, solo.

    Bangkok (known to locals as Krungthep) has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The sheer amount of things to do — museums, restaurants, shops, and markets — makes it one of the best cities in the world to visit or live in, and it’s quite safe for solo female travelers, especially because it’s simple to get around.

    The BTS (Bangkok Transit System) and affordable metered taxis make Bangkok an easy place to navigate. Most signs are in both Thai and English, too. Tuk tuks — the carriage attached to a motorbike you might have seen in Darjeeling Limited— are another fun way to get around the city, though you can expect to pay more for your novelty ride (but don’t shy away from haggling beforehand). While it may be a bit more expensive, you can’t go to Thailand without riding a tuk tuk at least once.

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    Spend a night on the town.

    Check out Bangkok’s top bars in the commercial district of Silom (like the 1930s-cabaret-themed basement bar Maggie Choo’s, in the Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom near the Surasak and Taksin BTS stations; or the best rooftop view in Bangkok, Cloud 47, near the Sala Daeng station). Sukhumvit is also full of trendy areas. Order some fish at Tororo Sushi before hitting the nightlife in the Thonglor-Ekamai neighborhood, where you’ll have your choice of dance clubs playing top 40 Thai hits, bars serving beer from around the world, and swanky rooftop patios.

    Another good option for a memorable night is a Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise — you’ll get an upscale buffet dinner while watching the landmarks along the Chao Phraya riverside float by.

    Treat yourself to a night of luxury.

    With plenty of affordable accommodation — including listings on Airbnb, hostels, and cheap hotels — a night of notroughing it is worth the splurge. Check out the Windsor Hotel, with views across the whole city. It’s centrally located in Bangkok and has some great street food nearby, plus it’s right next to a big BTS interchange (Asok/Sukhumvit) that enables you to jump on the skytrain or the subway. Look for deals online and you may be able to find a room for as little as $50.

    Want to really splurge? The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has 125 years of experience making its guests feel like queens. With outdoor pools and cabanas, tennis courts, a full-service spa with Thai massages, yoga classes, and 10 restaurants, this stay will set you back several hundred dollars, but you’ll definitely experience a throwback to the golden age of Thai luxury travel.

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    Head south on a one-woman road trip.

    Southern Thailand is gorgeous — and the perfect place for a solo road trip. Car rentals can be arranged online throughout the region, and having your own wheels will give you the flexibility to stop when and where you want.

    This part of the country is all about exploring the small villages and cities that punctuate the miles and miles of beaches. Nature lovers will enjoy the “Little Amazon” of Takua Pa in Phang Nga, near Khao Lak — where no building is allowed to stand taller than a coconut palm tree — and only a few hours from Phuket. Stop in Khao Lak at the beachside Khaolak Laguna Resort (in the center of town) and take a tour of the nearby waterfalls, go for a hike in Khaolak-Lumru National Park, or just enjoy a drink by the pool while watching the tide roll in.

    Next, drive up the coast to Ranong, a lesser-known city that was once a popular destination for the now-defunct Phuket-Ranong visa run. There’s an amazing hot spring, cheap but tasty restaurants (Le Ranong Cafe has awesome banana smoothies), and the Rattana Rangsarn Throne Hall, a wooden palace replica with gardens that’s a perfect afternoon reading spot.

    See the other side of one of Thailand’s most popular tourist spots.

    Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and has over 30 beaches. Despite the often-expressed sentiment that it’s too touristy, the reality depends on which part of the island and which time of year you visit. Close to the southern tip, Nai Harn beach isn’t as busy as Patong and is a local favorite. It has a few beachside restaurants, a temple to explore, and a big lake that’s a popular running spot for expats. Also check out Nai Yang beach (in the north, near the airport), a great place to go kiteboarding without having to avoid a throng of swimmers.

    When you’ve had your share of sand and surf, head into town to explore Old Phuket Town — it’s filled with Chinese temples and museums, and it’s smaller than you’d imagine, considering the popularity of some of the nearby beaches. This is the heart of the island and the place to be during the annual Vegetarian Festival.

    Kopi de Phuket is a good option in town for lunch or coffee. It’s also walking distance to Jui Tui Shrine — follow the smell of incense to this Chinese Temple on gorgeous grounds. Sunday is the perfect day to walk in Old Town, snap pics of the Sino-Portuguese houses, and enjoy the street food and entertainment of the walking market on Thalang Road as the sun goes down.

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    Take time to explore inwards.

    If experiencing Thailand’s spirituality is something you’re into, check out the temple-loaded northern city of Chiang Mai. You can take an overnight train directly from Bangkok or an air-conditioned bus — both options should get you there in less than 12 hours. Another option is the former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, in the Central Plains (an easy trip at less than 60 miles from Bangkok). It’s filled with ruins and temples like Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Mahathat, home of the famous Buddha statue in an old tree.

    Want to go truly solo? Dhamma Kamala in Prachinburi offers 10-day silent courses in Vipassana meditation. This is legit silence — no talking, no texting, and no writing for 10 straight days. It’s run on a donation system, includes simple lodging and meals, and will give you more time than you ever thought possible to reflect on your only constant travel companion: yourself.

    Check out the north on a motorbike.

    With scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles available for rent in basically every city, town, and village in Thailand, jetting off like Audrey Hepburn (but without the added weight of Gregory Peck on the back) is a breeze. You’ll want to make sure you have adequate insurance, a helmet, and beefy enough tires for the types of roads you have in mind. And don’t forget to snap some photos of the bike before you leave to ensure you aren’t charged for any damage you didn’t cause.

    The small towns and quiet roads of northern Thailand make for especially nice motorbike touring. Chiang Rai is a relatively quick drive from Chiang Mai; you’ll pass numerous cafes and strawberry farms along the way. Stop at the Doi Chaang Coffee farm (in the village of the same name) to grab a bite to eat and purchase some organic coffee to take home with you.

    Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar is a great place to have a few beers and sample dishes like seafood soup in a steaming hotpot while people-watching and listening to local musicians. It’s centrally located and within walking distance from the golden clock tower, which resembles the design of Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple), a contemporary art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple, also in Chiang Rai.

    Meet your fellow wanderers on an organized tour.

    Photo: Connie Ma

    If you’re ever in need of companionship, your options are plenty. Head to Ayutthaya to explore temples and sites by bicycle, where several tour companies (such as Grasshopper Adventures) have full- and half-day excursions along back lanes and past interesting cultural sites. You can also take an overnight Mekhala cruise on the Chao Praya River from Bangkok, floating in a restored teak rice barge.

    For a longer excursion and the opportunity to spend some serious time with other travelers, try booking through a tour company like Oriental Escapes, which runs multi-day trips across the country and has a good reputation (and a guarantee to avoid tourist traps).

    Reference: http://matadornetwork.com/trips/single-womans-thailand-travel-guide

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    On a sunny day, the Mingfa superyacht sails around the Hong Kong coastline, its owner, a Chinese billionaire, basking in the sunshine on the upper deck as he appreciates the island’s unique skyline.

    In the evenings, he can be found nibbling on snacks made by chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in between crooning his favorite songs in the purpose-built karaoke room.Mingfa superyacht

    Welcome to the latest must-have plaything of China’s super-rich.

    Starting at 24 meters long and stretching up to as much as 180 meters, superyachts are the most expensive luxury yachts on the market. Manned by a full-time professional crew and with as many as six separate decks, they come equipped with a swimming pool, luxury guest cabins or suites with en suite bathrooms, several saloons and dining rooms, a cinema, gym, Jacuzzi and a sun deck. Some even have a pad to land the owner’s private helicopter.

    As the country with the most billionaires in the world, China has become a magnet for yacht manufacturers, foreign and domestic alike.chinese-sunseeker-wanda

    “They buy one, two, three, four, five houses, then they go to buy a private jet, then they go for a yacht,” said Nizar Tagi, general manager of the Asian operations of Italian luxury-yacht maker Benetti.

    Headquartered in Viareggio in northern Tuscany, the company opened its Asian office in 2011. Of the 16 superyachts sold by Benetti Asia in the past five years, about 10 were purchased by Chinese, Tagi said.

    The cheapest superyacht costs around 60 million yuan (US$ 9 million) and owners pay an additional 10 percent a year for maintenance, Tagi said. Many owners sell their yachts and buy a new one every three to four years.

    Sunseeker superyacht relax sunbedSensing the potential in the Chinese market, domestic companies have been gaining entry mainly through acquisitions. Weichai Group, an automobile and equipment manufacturing conglomerate, snapped up cash-strapped Italian luxury boat manufacturer Ferretti in 2012. A year later, Dalian Wanda Group, a real estate and entertainment giant owned by China’s richest man, paid 320 million pounds for a 91.8 percent stake in British luxury yacht maker Sunseeker International Ltd.Sunseeker asia

    “Sunseeker is well-placed to take full advantage of opportunities in China, one of the world’s fastest-growing luxury yacht markets,” Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda, said at the time.

    However, Jonathan Beckett, chief executive of Burgess Yachts, a UK-based yacht brokerage, is more cautious about expanding into China. When deciding on location for the company’s first office in Asia, Beckett chose Singapore rather than China because “we want to put our toe in the water and make sure we’ve got everything ready for when the market will take off, which it will do,” Beckett told Wealth-X, a wealth and luxury markets research firm, last year.

    He predicts that it will take the superyacht market seven to 10 years to fully take off in China but “once a few people become interested in buying and chartering, others will follow.”

    Among the main challenges faced by superyacht makers in China is the dearth of marinas and trained crews, Tagi said. To help solve that problem, Benetti is itself building marinas in Shenzhen and on the southern island of Hainan, an hour’s flight from Hong Kong and China’s equivalent of Hawaii.

    Original article sourced from http://english.caixin.com/2016-07-22/100969496.html 

    Sunseeker Predator in China

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    The 1st of January 2017 is the deadline set by the IMO for crew to re validate their STCW Certificates of Competency (CoC), the short courses forming the framework of the STCW are required for all yacht crew working in the industry.

    The courses are:

    • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
    • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FP&FF)
    • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats) (PSC&RB)
    • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
    • Fast Rescue Boat (FRB)

    Although CoC’s will be re validated before the 1st January 2017, without the updated safety certificates, after this date Port State Control Officers may wish to see the documented evidence of up-dated status of any Officers certificates.

    SeaLync Asia Co.,Ltd is offering STCW 2010 refresher courses in Thailand with a choice of either Phuket or Bangkok. Course dates can be flexible to accommodate the requirements of individuals or groups.

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    The following courses do not need updating:

    • Elementary First Aid (EFA)
    • Security Awareness (SA)
    • Designated Security Duties (DSD)
    • Proficiency in Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
    • Crisis Management & Human Behaviour (CMHB)

    Once a seafarer has gained any of the above qualifications then there is no mandatory requirement to repeat the course.However always be aware of your own company or yacht policies.

    Additional Technical Training

    Deck Officers
    To continue to use their CoC on vessels fitted with ECDIS equipment after 31st December 2016 Deck Officers will need to have completed an MCA approved course. A list of approved courses and providers can be found at www.gov.uk and search “MCA ATP”. Without this requirement the following limitation will apply:
    “From the 1st January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS”.

    Engineering Officers
    To continue to use their CoC on vessels fitted with High Voltage (1000V) generating and distributing equipment, after 31st December 2016, Engineering Officers will need to have completed an MCA approved course. Without this requirement the following limitation will apply:
    “From the 1st January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with High Voltage (over 1000V) systems”.

    Other Considerations

    • Updating the proficiency in Medical First Aid is not currently required under the STCW code.
    • For UK Officers revalidating their CoC the following courses must be approved directly by the MCA:
      –  NAEST (Operational and Management).
    • Certificates issued by the STCW parties (The White List) are accepted for PST, FP&FF, EFA and PSSR.
    • Certificates issued by EU states, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are accepted for PSC&RB, AFF, Medical First Aid and Medical Care.

    STCW Updating guide CLICK HERE >>

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