In a ceremony attended by the owner and developer of Royal Phuket Marina, Gulu Lalvani and more than 50 local and overseas guests, along with the governor of Phuket Preecha Ruanchun, officially opened the island’s first dedicated exhibition and conference centre in Thailand’s most exclusive luxury lifestyle yachting community. The new facility will be known as RPM International Exhibition & Conference Centre.
The 2,500 square metre waterfront RPM Conference Centre paves the way for a new era in large-scale conferences, expos and private events on the island. Three times larger than any existing exhibition facility in Phuket, the conference centre expects to host one or two high profile events every month. The conference centre is a joint venture between Royal Phuket Marina and Informa, the largest publicly-owned organiser of conferences and courses in the world, staging over 10,000 events annually.
In his address governor Ruanchun said, "Phuket is one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, and I am confident that with the opening of such facilities as the RPM International Exhibition and Conference Centre, our island paradise has the potential to become a leading international venue for conventions, expos and large scale private events."
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, who is on a mission to promote Phuket as a world class yachting hub.
Royal Phuket Marina has become an entertainment and lifestyle focal point with open air restaurants and bars overlooking mega style yachts moored in the Mediterranean-style marina.
"The launch of the waterfront RPM International Exhibition & Conference Centre is an important milestone for Royal Phuket Marina as we continue to contribute to the social and economic fabric of the Phuket community," said Mr Lalvani.
"The island is a natural magnet for a growing international demand for conventions and exhibitions. I too am confident that Phuket will be placed firmly on the international convention and exhibition map."
On record, visitors to Phuket have exceeded five million. The island normally receives an influx of visitors during its high season of hotel bookings.
An aerial view of the Royal Phuket Marina - Thailand's first world-class luxury lifestyle community.