New initiatives planned for Taiwan International Boat Show

By Mike Derrett
Wed Oct 4 2017, 16:16 PM

Next year's event to further promote the yachting lifestyle in Taiwan

The biennial Taiwan International Boat Show will be held for the third time in Kaohsiung from March 15-18, 2018, continuing to raise the profile of the Taiwan yacht industry while pursuing a new objective to develop the yacht market for local customers.

The yacht industry in Taiwan has been experiencing steady growth. Statistics produced by US magazine Showboats International for 80ft yacht orders in 2016 show that Taiwan ranked first in Asia and fourth in the world in the manufacturing of yachts of this size.

According to the show’s organisers, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the momentum gained from the previous two editions resulted in 79 manufacturers signing up for the exhibition, including Taiwan shipyards Ocean Alexander, Kha Shing, Nova Marine, Dyna Yachts, Johnson Yachts and Morningstar Boats. Agents for overseas yacht brands that are also exhibiting include Taiwan Princess Yachts, Amal Yachting, and others.

In order to develop leisure boating domestically, the 2018 Taiwan International Boat Show will feature more collections of entry-level small yachts and fishing boats to meet the popular trend for recreational fishing, and will further promote the yachting lifestyle.

In recent years, with the gradual development of the domestic yacht market, the demand for berths has increased with new docking facilities being constructed. In addition to the continued use of Horizon City Marina, located outside the Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre, the 2018 show is adding the newly completed Kha Shing 22 Marina as an exhibit venue to add to the number of on-water berths for the show.

Taiwan has a substantial marine parts and equipment industry which feeds the supply chain of the yacht industry both within Taiwan and overseas. Participating in the third boat show are domestic equipment makers Atech Composites, Hung Shen Propeller, ZF Faster Propulsion System, and Solas Science and Engineering.

Also exhibiting are overseas equipment brands such as Capital Machinery, Marineer Equipment, Himan Tech Diesel and engine manufacturers Caterpillar, MAN, and Volvo Penta, together with navigation equipment makers Garmin and Raymarine.

One of the highlights of the 2018 boat show will be a series of marine education activities, including yacht sailing activities and experience-sharing by experts. This will be an opportunity for the growing number of interested Taiwanese to learn and experience the yachting life.

The Taiwan leisure boating market is growing after the government opened up the sea for leisure boating in 2012, promoting the first Taiwan International Boat Show in 2013 and in 2014 abolishing the luxury tax on boats.

Once again, the 2018 Taiwan International Boat Show is being sponsored by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA and the Kaohsiung City Government, supported by the Taiwan Yacht Industry Association (TYIA), and organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).