Thai Government Supportive Of Marine Industry

If the reason for your travel to Thailand is to experience diving in the Similan Islands, your best option is Thailand liveaboad that allows you to spend a few days enjoying a dive life. Aside from an experienced dive guide, you will enjoy amenities similar to what 5-star hotels in Bangkok offer. You will never regret the decision to experience liveaboard because it is once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

According to Vrit Yongsakul, group managing director of Boat Lagoon Yachting, the yacht industry is expecting a 10% growth rate this year. The yacht sector in Thailand is currently undergoing fundamental changes in facilities, infrastructure and public understanding of yachting as a sport. The Thai government has also reduced the import taxes on boats over the last ten years.

Thailand is fast becoming a boating haven. There is greater of understanding of the boating culture due to expertise gained from abroad. At present, there are 150 yachts in Thailand. Some of them stay in the islands for an average of 2 months. A day of stay in Thailand cost more than 100,000 baht per person.

According to Boat Lagoon Yachting that is also providing boat charter services and after-sales services for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives, the prices of boats range from 20 million to 4 billion baht. The company managed to sell 30 boats last year with a growth rate of 10% to 15%.

Thailand has the most extensive maintenance facilities in Southeast Asia because the government is supportive of marine tourism. However, in spite of Thailand’s edge over other countries in terms of facilities and infrastructure, there is still competition. To cope up with competition, there must be improvements in repair and berthing facilities to attract more superyachts to come to Thailand. The government is on the process of reviewing various formalities to simplify licenses and visas to attract more charters to the region.

Government support for marine tourism is good news for Thailand Liveaboad that provides tourists a vacation they will never forget. The Similan Islands is considered as one of the best dive sites in the world because of the abundant marine life, white sandy beaches, living corals and underwater treasures of the Andaman Sea.

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