The 2016 edition of the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) was blessed with near perfect weather, and closed out on Sunday evening with the traditional cacophony of horns, and a general feeling of a good job well done. The broad consensus was that the Show has really matured now into its role as the principal yachting industry platform for the whole of Asia, including China.
At the top end of the event, five fabulous superyachts took centre stage – the Benetti 56m M/Y Lady Candy, Amels 55m M/Y La Familia, and Fraser Yachts’ line up which featured the 50m M/Y Sensation, Triple 8, a 43.5m from Royal Denship, and the 34m Azul A by Moonen. The presence of La Familia was a carry on from 2015, when Amels’ Victor Caminada said at the time, “this is Asia’s number one show, and we’ll be back in 2016 – with a yacht!” And they wereSYS featured a number of premieres and regional debuts, the most visible being the Sunreef Supreme 68 catamaran, Eagle Wings, which hosted a spectacular show on the Friday evening complete with showgirls flown in from Paris, a top-deck chanteuse, a colourful light show and even a fireworks display.
A successful yacht show is very much more than the sum of its parts. When the recipe is right, there is something for exhibitors and visitors alike. Whilst the stated objective of the show’s organisers, SYE Pte Ltd, is finding new consumers from around the region to bring into the yachting and boating community, there is clearly an important B2B side to the Show evolving.
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Aside from boat premières, the SYS ‘Black & Red’ black tie Gala Dinner notched up a first with a floor show by Singapore’s first and foremost burlesque artiste Sukki Singapora, brilliantly backed up by celebrated jazz songstress Zoey Jones. That was a night to remember, with a five-star menu from the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove, and an After Party at the uber-cool Woo Bar featuring DJ Aline Magnier – Zoey Jones even singing along to the sounds.
There are big changes afoot in the Asian boating industry, particularly where regulations and licensing of charter operations are concerned. And SYE is right in the thick of it. Treadwell explains: “We are getting amazing support from the Thailand Government, because, as a completely neutral but highly passionate organisation, we are perfectly positioned to help drive those changes and move both the leisure marine industry and the high-end yacht tourism market one more step forward in this part of the world.”
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