More than a yacht show, the 2013 China (Macau) International Yacht Import and Export Fair is an occasion that combines cars and aviation as well. Numerous events fill up a packed programme over three days, including an Asia Pacific Auto Summit, an Aviation Forum, an in-water display at the Macau Yacht Club (Qinzhou) and an indoor boat display at The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.
Macau Yacht Show 2011 - a couple of Princesses
The opening ceremony for both the car show and the yacht show were on Friday 1 November. The three-day programme for the weekend includes a private jet show at Macau Airport, the Yacht Babes Fashion and Swimwear Show, a Lafite Wine Tasting, as the GACG Trumpchi Cup Golf Invitation Tournament. There is also the opening of the Hangzhou Art Show featuring a collection of contemporary Chinese painting.
One of the local boat builders exhibiting this year is Seahorse Marine Zhongshan Co Ltd, builders of trawler-style boats for the US market. General Manager Natalie Ye told us that 'the Chinese market is more interested in fast and sexy powerboats', but there is also a growing interest in entry level sailing boats. This year Seahorse are exhibiting a 19’ yacht in the indoor section of the boat show. Ms Yu also tells us that the Chinese clientele is substantially different from Western buyers. 'With Chinese customers it is ‘see-buy-drive away’. Overseas customers are happy to place an order and then wait for the boat to be built and delivered.' Next year, Seahorse plan to display a 52’ Sedan trawler – 'ready to drive away.'