Will yachting businesses in Asia have the same growth that the established destinations experienced in the ‘70s? How has Phuket adapted to the Luxury Yachting experience promising new opportunities?
We talked with Asia Marine, one of the longest established marine tourism companies in South East Asia involved in Yacht Charter, Yacht Brokerage, Yacht Services and Boat Management.
Established in 1987 and initially working with The Amanpuri and Pansea Hotel, Asia Marine has “surfed the waves”, adapting to the various phases of the yachting development in Phuket.
“Phuket Island was a backpackers destination in the ‘80s and is now the “Riviera of the East” with luxury villas and millions of visitors”, explained Vincent Tabuteau, Founder and CEO of Asia Marine. “We started with a few traditional wooden tour boats, and in 1992 we partnered with Sunsail operating the very first bareboat yacht charter fleet in Asia. Since then Asia Marine has grown substantially and now manages a larger and newer fleet of both sailing and motor yachts operated from Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.”
“The type of boats permanently-based in Phuket has changed in nature and their quality, number and size are on the increase”, claims Paul Stamp, Senior Broker. Two years ago, Asia Marine (Phuket) became a joint venture with AsiaMarine Yacht Services (Hong Kong) and together we have developed regionally, a successful sales division looking after both the new build and pre-owned sectors in sailing and motor yachts. We are the proud dealer of Numarine and Galeon, an award-winning motor yacht builder, and we also operate a growing fleet of Fountaine Pajot sailing Bare Boats.”
Eric Noyel CEO of AsiaMarine Hong Kong added, “I think a feel-good factor has returned to boating in South East Asia, and Phuket in particular. All brokers, associated contractors and agents are commenting on an upturn in business. Sales have definitely shown an increase in the last year.”
The Superyacht: A new chapter for Asia Marine
Most recently Asia Marine has established a partnership with FRASER, the world’s leading yacht brokerage and charter company for superyachts. This new partnership gives Asia Marine a huge worldwide network of expertise and global coverage to purchase, sell and charter large yachts too.
Fraser has an amazing range of Superyachts available for charter in all corners of the globe, and Asia Marine now has the opportunity to not only send Asian clients to the likes of the South of France and Florida/Caribbean, but also to bring charter clients to SE Asia too.
Asia Marine can now offer a global network of knowledge and experience from leading Yacht Brokers around the world, with a huge outreach. Fraser’s Head Office is in Monaco and now has 20 offices worldwide. For the past eight years Fraser has sold more yachts over 24m in length than any other broker worldwide.
Asia Marine can be reached at:
Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina
TEL : +66 (0) 76 239 111
FAX: +66 (0) 76 238 974
Asia Marine are on show at the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous 2019, being held at Royal Phuket Marina. The show is open from 2pm to 8pm daily until Sunday (Jan 13), when the show will close at 7pm.
The Phuket News and Live 89.5 are proud media partners of the Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous 2019.