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Jula Sukmanop the General Director of the Harbor Department has revealed plans to built yacht ports in Krabi and Samui. The Government will carry out a study to choose the most suitable location for the ports, once a decision has been made private organizations will be invest in the project and share their experience in attracting tourists.
Plans are also afoot to adjust the regulations with regards to facilitating foreign yacht and super yacht owners in a bit do attract them to Thailand. Plans include changes in the taxations levied and the period of time yacht owners might be allowed to stay in Thailand longer.
“At the Thailand Yacht Show that will be held on 8-14 February 2014 in Phuket, products and services will be showcased as well as leisure activities such as yacht hire. This will be the first yacht festival in Southeast Asia.”
Mr. Sukmanop went on to say says that the government has supported the project with 15 million Baht with the goal to set Thailand as the center of ASEAN marinas. It is expected that 40 foreign super yachts, 300 yachts, and more than 3,000 people will attend the event.