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Boat Asia 2005


Boat Asia 2005 announces activities, new exhibitors

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:
  • A water lifestyle photo competition and exhibition to be held at Wheelock Place at Orchard Road, Singapore's premier shopping district [judging on 6 April].
  • Free Scuba 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.
  • Lucky Draw with more than S$15,000 total worth of prizes to be won.
  • An exciting and dynamic Water Sports Show involving jet ski demonstrations and rides and wakeboarding stunts as well as sailing rides and wakeboarding clinics.
  • Miss Boat 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 Leeuwen.
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.

Content Contributor: Chaplin Public Relations

See also: Hot Yachts Lined Up For Boat Asia 2005



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