Suntec Integrated Media, have announced an
exciting line-up of activities for Boat Asia 2005 whilst several new yacht
exhibitors have recently been signed up for the show. Much more than just a
boat show, Boat Asia 2005's exciting and enriching line-up of visitor
activities will include:
lifestyle photo competition and exhibition to be held at Wheelock Place at
Orchard Road, Singapore's premier shopping district [judging on 6 April].
try-outs with Asia Scuba Tour at Dive Village.
A Boat Asia
Exclusive Night for selected guests from Singapore Tatler's elite group of
high net worth subscribers.
with more than S$15,000 total worth of prizes to be won.
and dynamic Water Sports Show involving jet ski demonstrations and rides and
wakeboarding stunts as well as sailing rides and wakeboarding clinics.
Asia 2005 Pageant - finalists will catwalk in the latest collections of
branded swim wear by Aqua Aero Apparels.
Clipper Ventures plc, the AIM-quoted ocean racing company chaired by Sir
Robin Knox-Johnston, will also be exhibiting at Boat Asia 2005,
Asia's leading leisure boat show.
The Singapore Tourism Board and Clipper Ventures
have collaborated to see Singapore joining the competitive line-up of one of
the world's most prestigious international yachting events, the Clipper 05-06
Round the World Yacht Race.
A Clipper Day at Boat Asia 2005 will be organised,
where visitors will see a model of the Dubois 68-foot "Uniquely Singapore"
yacht which will be branded with the destination logo and Race Partners' logos
- Sentosa and PSA International. Come down and find out more about the Clipper
05-06 Round the World Yacht Race and meet some of the bold and adventurous
crew members representing Singapore.
In addition to the confirmed activities, new yacht
exhibitors including Jade Marine, Derani Yachts and Holland Custom Yachts will
be adding their shine to the show. Sunseeker, who participated in last year's
Boat Asia, will be bringing in a 46' yacht for the first time.
Meanwhile, Holland Custom Yachts, a new company in
Asia, draws on a strong nautical background with extensive knowledge of the
yachting industry in the Netherlands. Said Holland Custom Yachts' Bart Kimman,
"Whilst it is beyond argument that the Dutch yachting industry builds superior
yachts, often for an outsider it is difficult to select the right architects
and shipyard for his particular project. The objective of Holland Custom
yachts is to assist yachtsmen from Asia with their choice of yacht, be it
power or sail, semi- or custom built".
Derani Yachts represents a carefully selected
range of shipyards from Italy, Sweden, Australia and Indonesia. They have
introduced into Asia such well known brands such as Posillipo, Rizzardi,Nord
West, Black Watch, Deep Vee, and North Sea Boats, builder of the X2K. The
common denominator for these yards is quality and price competitiveness.
Regular Boat Asia exhibitors will also return,
including major regional boat companies such as Simpson Marine, Ferretti
Yachts, Kingfisher Marine, Pen Marine and Lee Marine.
Pen Marine's Oh Kean Shen said, "Boat Asia 2004
saw the revival of the Pleasure Craft Industry in South-East Asia. Visitors
who came were experienced owners who have laid off boating since the economic
meltdown and are only now returning to their interest, whilst new boaters have
begun to enquire about boats. Another important market sector are foreigners
living in the region. 2004 saw the highest activities of boat sales in the
region (both used and new). Pen Marine expect the market for 2005 to be an
extension of growth from last year's positive signs."
"Boat Asia has great potential for us to launch
our range of German-made yachts into Indonesia, Singapore and South China. We
look forward to introducing our Bavaria sailing yachts and power boats at the
show", said Vic Locke of Jade Marine. Meanwhile, Blubay Yachts also said they
were happy to participate to the Boat Asia for the very first time.
This year, all will be displayed at the Sentosa
Cove Marina's brand new pontoon system, which is now fast taking shape.
Additionally, 115 and 130-foot mega yachts from Simpson Marine and Kingfisher
Marine will be on display in the marina basin.
Show director Roel van Leeuwen gave an update on
the status of the pontoon system for Boat Asia 2005 at Sentosa Cove Marina.
"The Sentosa Cove Marina developer SUTL have informed us that pontoons will be
installed this year, giving us greater scope for increasing the number of
showboats and allowing exhibitors extra flexibility. As a result, we expect to
be able to perhaps double the number of showboats we had last year," said van
Said Arthur Tay, Chairman of Sentosa Cove Marina
developer SUTL, "SUTL is fully committed to develop a purpose-built mega yacht
marina with full support and security facilities at Sentosa. The marina will
service as an international hub for boating and the marine leisure industry.
As such ,we are supportive of having Boat Asia at the marina, and as our first
international activity. Part of the marina pontoon system will be ready when
we play host to this important event."
Van Leeuwen is enthusiastic about Singapore's
prospects of riding the wave of growing interest in the yachting lifestyle,
"To help develop the vibrancy of the boating industry in Singapore and South
East Asia the region needs world class boat shows, top quality marina
infrastructure and the presence of major regional yacht dealers. Boat Asia
looks forward to contributing to the development of the regional boat industry
and we see exponential growth in our show over time."
Held last April, Boat Asia 2004 drew visitors from
44 countries and showcased 76 exhibitors from over 15 countries. Organised by
Suntec Integrated Media, Boat Asia is South East Asia�s premier boat show and
an excellent platform for international buyers and sellers to assemble for
Asian boat business.
Boat Asia 2005 has been designated as an event
endorsed by Singapore Exhibition Convention Bureau (SECB) under the
International Exhibition City (IEC) Programme.
Contributor: Chaplin Public Relations
Hot Yachts Lined Up For Boat Asia 2005