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WORLD NEWS The 2018 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show helped to generate 2.5 million baht of business for Thailand’s marine industry. Boat show aims to boost nautical tourism THAILAND: When the eighth Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show opens its doors on 21 st November this year, it expects to help reverse a blip in regional tourism. “Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is one of our signature marine events and has grown considerably since its launch in 2012. Visitors reached almost 6,000 last year and were up 5% yearon-year, while overall numbers are up 183% since year one,” said Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, managing director of show organiser Ocean Property Co Ltd. “We invest more than 10 million baht each year in developing the show and marketing it overseas and throughout Thailand, and we are targeting a 20% growth in the number of visitors this year. Our aim is for the show to be a platform for the industry, to promote marine-related businesses and services, yachting tourism, and showcase the stunning coastline and islands along Thailand’s east coast, as well as introducing the boating lifestyle to more Thais,” he added. The boat show helped to generate 2.5 billion baht of business for Thailand’s marine industry in 2018. Although Thailand’s tourism is currently experiencing a dip, the fundamentals remain strong and the east coast’s future looks bright with yachting tourism expected to contribute significantly to the tourism sector. “The first four months of the year were very strong and although visitors during May and June tapered off, the total number of tourists joining boat trips at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in H1/2019 is up 2% year-on-year. Chinese and Korean tourists remain the top day trippers but what is encouraging is the number of Thais who are enjoying time on the water – Thai nationals were our third largest nationality in H1/2019,” commented Scott Finsten, harbour master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club – the show venue. This bodes well for yachting tourism on the east coast. With its proximity to Bangkok, more Thai people are holidaying on the east coast and many are enjoying the boating lifestyle. Over 70% of visitors to the 2018 show were Thai, and more than 50% of boats berthed at Ocean Marina Yacht Club are Thai owned. “Yachting tourism on Thailand’s east coast is relatively undeveloped. Countries such as Greece, which is famous for its established charter industry, and Australia, which has a large population of domestic boat owners, outperform Thailand currently yet neither have the tourism numbers of Thailand. Thailand expects to welcome approximately 40 million international visitors this year and Pattaya in the region of 14 million. These numbers underscore the huge potential for yachting tourism in Thailand and this is something Ocean Marina Yacht Club is focused on developing,” Finsten added. Edinburgh developers win appeal for extension UK: A Scottish Government Reporter has supported an application from Edinburgh Marina Holdings to extend the masterplan consent for the Edinburgh Marina development in Granton’s Western Harbour. Edinburgh Council’s resistance to the extension could have led to the whole scheme going back to the drawing board. A spokesperson for Edinburgh Marina Holdings said: “We are delighted that our appeal against Edinburgh City Council has been successful. For an area that has long been promised investment but seen little change, this is one small step for the Edinburgh Marina development and one giant leap for the delivery of Edinburgh’s landmark waterfront development.” Steve McGavin of GL Hearn, who advised the developer on the S.42 appeal, added: “A development such as this, which is of national significance, is clearly going to take time to fully deliver. I am pleased that the Reporter has recognised this by granting the extension of time application, which we originally submitted to City of Edinburgh Council in April 2018. The Edinburgh Marina Development will provide significant benefits to both the local and national economy, enticing new visitors and residents to the area.” 12 - September/October 2019

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