Friday, March 26, 2010

China Boating turning 7 and leading the way to the megayacht era


Shanghai March 24, 2010 - First to market, China Boating has firmly established itself as the leading yachting lifestyle magazine in China. The past six years has seen the publication grow from strength to strength as evidenced by the high-end media partners who have entrusted the delivery of their message to its readers.

The editorial content is both international and local with contribution from industry-recognised journalists. The evolving maturity of the China yachting lifestyle market has seen tremendous strides in the last seven years. The Volvo Ocean Race has now added Sanya, Hainan as one of their race ports replacing Qingdao which hosted the 2009 edition. This is on top of the annual Clipper Race also taking in Qingdao as a port of call.

China Boating has grown rapidly, from a quarterly magazine to a monthly magazine, to bring real time coverage of the dynamic China yachting scene. China Boating has been the exclusive and strategic partner with the China Cup for the past three years.

This is China’s only race fully supported by the government and the leading marinas throughout the country which China Boating is also strategically aligned with. The China Team which participated in the 32nd America’s Cup elected China Boating to be its exclusive yachting media partner. China Boating’s credibility is further endorsed by being elected an official member of the China Yachting Association in 2008 - http://sailboarding.sport.org.cn/ China Boating is distributed at all the key airport bookstores and VIP lounges throughout China.

With China Boating’s ever-expanding database of HNWIs, garnered through exclusive events, and an aggressive retail strategy, the magazine reaches the wealthiest entrepreneurs and tycoons aspiring to own a luxury boat.

As official media partners to some of the most important regional boat shows which include the Hainan Rendezvous (Sanya), China International Boat Show (Shanghai), Hong Kong International Boat Show, Cannes Boat Show and the Monaco Yacht Show, China Boating is close to the industry, its readers, and importantly, its advertisers.

“The very vibrant China market is experiencing tremendous growth and we like to think that the work we’ve done in promoting the luxury yachting lifestyle to the affluent Chinese has helped in some way,” said Janet Chen, general manager of Blu Inc Media (Shanghai) and editor in chief of China Boating.

Backed by the weight of Asia's media giant SPH and supported by its sister-publication Asia-Pacific Boating's dominance of the Asia-Pacific yachting market, China Boating will continue to exceed its own standards in luxury publishing to meet the rising aspirations of the fast-growing Chinese affluent class. Indeed, China Boating is set to further entrench its leadership position in China's luxury yachting lifestyle community in the years to come.

About Blu Inc Media

Blu Inc Media, a fully owned subsidiary of SPH magazines, is a leading publisher of high-end leisure and industry magazines, including English-language, Chinese-language and bilingual titles. Distributed around Asia and the globe, the company’s titles include Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, JET Asia-Pacific, AsiaSpa, Action Asia, LP-Luxury Properties and POLO.
More information on www.bluincmedia.com, www.sphmagazines.com.sg

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Royal Phuket Marina Provides Sanctuary from Hong Kong Pollution

(Phuket, Thailand, February 25, 2010) - Growing concern over Hong Kong’s pollution and air-quality is enhancing Phuket’s appeal as a place for cleaner living, families and a second-home destination.

Adding to RPM’s appeal for families is the proximity of leading international schools and healthcare facilities.

“Many of our investors and new residents are from Hong Kong, seeking a second home in a more amenable environment for their families” said Mr Lalvani. “Phuket is close enough for them to travel to regularly and with ease.”

Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) developer Gulu Lalvani attributes the sell-out success of his world class ‘luxury lifestyle community’ to affluent investors seeking a cleaner environment.

Nearly all 60+ penthouses and condominiums in the first phase of his residential marina were snapped-up by investors within three months of going on sale.

Latest air-quality figures between the two underline Phuket’s attraction.

Key pollution indicators of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are startlingly lower in Phuket than in Hong Kong, according to recent statistics from both Thailand’s air Quality Management Bureau and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Phuket’s average sulphur dioxide concentration registers at zero compared to 58 in Hong Kong.

Nitrogen dioxide concentration in Phuket registers 6, a fraction of Hong Kong’s level of 2236 – which is regarded as critical against the WHO standard.

Phuket’s ‘small dust’ reading is 31, against another ‘critical’ indicator in Hong Kong, of 114.

Phuket’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) rating is 39, more than three times healthier than Hong Kong, measured at 148.
A recent survey by ACNielsen on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong also found 79 per cent of respondents expecting Hong Kong's attractiveness to foreign investors dropping given the current pollution trend.

More than half knew of fellow professionals refusing to relocate to Hong Kong – and 78 per cent knew executives thinking of leaving because of the environment.


About Royal Phuket Marina

Located on Phuket’s eastern seaboard overlooking scenic Phang Na Bay, Royal Phuket Marina is Thailand’s first world-class luxury lifestyle community rivaling top marina resort communities in Europe and the Caribbean.

It was developed by tycoon Gulu Lalvani, founder of Binatone, the world’s second largest manufacturer of digital cordless phones, whose vision is to promote Phuket as a world class yachting hub in one of the world’s most scenic and assessable locations.

Royal Phuket Marina is a popular entertainment and lifestyle hub with open air restaurants and bars overlooking mega yachts moored in the Mediterranean-style marina.

For more information about Royal Phuket Marina, visit www.royalphuketmarina.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chartered Yachts Available for One-of-a-Kind Events and Meetings at EPIC Marina

EPIC, Kimpton’s new lifestyle, waterfront boutique hotel in downtown Miami, is known for its intimate meeting space and personalized service. For groups seeking a unique location for meetings and events, EPIC’s private marina offers charter departures directly from the hotel, where guests will be able to enjoy Miami’s surrounding waterways. Companies and organizations can host unconventional meetings aboard a yacht from the marina, as well as one-of-a-kind yacht parties, receptions and events. Deep-sea fishing trips and intra-coastal waterway tours can also be arranged.

Situated where Biscayne Bay meets the Miami River, EPIC offers direct marina service, allowing guests an easy means of arriving, docking and departing directly from EPIC when traveling by boat or charter.

EPIC’s private marina offers 900 linear feet, enough to accommodate several major vessels at one time, in addition to a full range of marina services, including dockage and maintenance (fueling services not available). For day visitors, sea-goers can dock their watercraft at EPIC and enjoy a meal at Area 31, EPIC’s restaurant on the 16th floor offering premium seafood with a Mediterranean influence, or a cocktail at River Lounge, the hotel’s new waterfront lounge located steps from the marina.

Managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, EPIC is a new lifestyle, waterfront boutique hotel located at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. EPIC combines the timeless style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort to create a sophisticated recreation oasis for guests amidst the energy and pulse of Miami.

EPIC is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd Way. For more information on the hotel and reservations, please call (866) 760-3742 or (305) 424-5226 or visit www.epichotel.com.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boating Fraternity Hails Royal Phuket Phuket Marina as World-Class Yachting Haven

(Phuket, Thailand, October 30, 2009) - Asia's boating fraternity has given the 'thumbs up' to Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) as the premier world-class yachting haven on the Andaman Sea.

Four years after opening, the "luxury lifestyle marina” has come of age as the perfect complement to a sublime boating paradise of sun-kissed deserted islands and the most amenable year-round climate imaginable.

Phuket has always been at the forefront of Asia's sailing fraternity, with the region's super boats converging once a year for The King's Cup Regatta.

“I have had my boat here since Royal Phuket Marina opened and there is no other place to be," said long-term resident yachtsman, Luc Dayot.

Luc moved to Royal Phuket Marina in 2005. After working as an executive managing director of a large supermarket chain Luc relaxes in Phuket where he runs his own highly successful home interior business based at Royal Phuket Marina.

Sailing around Phuket is "the best in the world" says Mr Dayot, "Phang Nga bay, the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands, Krabi and Langkawi, they all take your breath away. This area is maritime heaven!”

Derrick Van Deventer, another resident yachtsman who lives full time in Phuket is the Marina Operations Manager at Royal Phuket Marina, added: “The facilities at Royal Phuket Marina rival any of the best marinas world-wide without question. That’s why it attracts the best boats on Phuket!”

“The fees are a fraction of the cost compared to other equivalent marinas in Europe and the Caribbean, even Singapore and Hong Kong. The cost of crewing a boat with a licensed professional captain and accompanying deck hands is very affordable - at least half the cost of Europe and America.”

"Maintenance is also incredible value for money, as labour intensive jobs cost a lot less than other parts of the world. Plus the boating and yachting here is far superior” he says.

The marina is also hailed for its great service, “(we) have stayed in countless marinas, but we have never seen such a dedicated staff working so hard to make it a good experience for the yachties… the single reason we decided to stay there was you and your staff; you provided the best service we have seen in any marina, ever” said Wynn, who is based in Hong Kong and sails regularly in South east Asia but has a particular affinity with Thailand and Phuket in particular.

Not just for the boating community, the marina is a great lifestyle hub and offers something for everyone.

Resident James Shayler comments “I was looking for a location in Asia that offered both an excellent lifestyle with superb boating which was also affordable. Royal Phuket Marina certainly ticks all the boxes and the more. You have everything from bars, fine restaurants, retails shop and a state-of-the-art health club. That’s way I live here.”

“One of the best places to relax in the evening is Les Anges, people and boat watching over a G&T or your favorite bottle of wine is great fun. I eat out very often simply because it’s so easy” says James, a condo owner from the very beginning. James moved to Phuket to enjoy a lifestyle unavailable in the UK were he sold his business. Now he uses Phuket as his base to travel around Asia and fulfill his love of travel on motor bikes and motor boats.

About Royal Phuket Marina

Located on Phuket’s eastern seaboard overlooking scenic Phang Na Bay, Royal Phuket Marina is Thailand’s first world-class luxury lifestyle community rivaling top marina resort communities in Europe and the Caribbean.

It was developed by tycoon Gulu Lalvani, founder of Binatone, the world’s second largest manufacturer of digital cordless phones, whose vision is to promote Phuket as a world class yachting hub in one of the world’s most scenic and assessable locations.

Royal Phuket Marina is a popular entertainment and lifestyle hub with open air restaurants and bars overlooking mega yachts moored in the Mediterranean-style marina.

For more information about Royal Phuket Marina, visit www.royalphuketmarina.com

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hong Kong International Boat Show 2009

Asia-Pacific Boating will once again be showcasing at the Hong Kong International Boat Show 2009 organised and hosted by Sai Kung’s Club Marina Cove.

The inaugural show was at the soft opening of the marina in 1982. It has now grown into a true yachting lifestyle event with both on-water and land displays.

Ms. Winnie Ng, General Manager of Club Marina Cove, estimated that several thousand visitors attended the 3-day event in 2008 which featured 115 exhibits worth HK$ 600 Million from over 50 world-leading makers and dealers from France, Italy, England, Australia, U.S., Taiwan and China.

Ms. Ng said, “With the continuous support of the dealers and yacht manufacturers, we look forward to this year’s show as exhibitors have already indicated that they will come back with more boats of different designs and makes.”

“As Asia’s leading luxury yachting publisher, we are proud to be supporting this exclusive yachting event.” said Olivier Burlot, Managing Director of Blu Inc Media.

Date of boat show: 27 – 29 November 2009 (Fri-Sun)