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Thailand becomes the world's third superyacht charter destination

By Mairead Finlay   24 February 2021

VAT on the value of superyachts will no longer be applied to foreign-flagged vessels when chartering in Thai waters. This is set to have a significant impact on the country's burgeoning superyacht tourism sector.

It is also poised to considerably boost Thailand’s economy, which has been affected by the pandemic. The country has been impacted by a lack of tourists in the past year, and important events such as the Thailand Yacht Show, being postponed for the foreseeable future.

Swing in tranquil area of yacht charter destination Thailand

The announcement comes after a six-year campaign by the Thai yachting industry

The announcement, given during a meeting chaired by Thailand’s new  Minister of Finance, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, comes after a six-year-long campaign by the Thai yachting industry to amend existing regulations for yacht charters. 

It was also revealed that the Thailand Yacht Show (when it returns) will become the centerpiece of a new wider Festival of Tourism, to help attract more UHNW visitors to Phuket.

Interested in finding out more about the fleet available in this destination? Please consult our yacht charters in Thailand page for up-to-date information.


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