Thailand is to host its first yacht show at the end of this year, aiming at promoting tourism and stimulating the economy.

The announcement was made by Deputy Minister of Transport Akom Termpittayapisit who said that the idea was proposed by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The Prime Minister envisioned that the fair would draw as much attention as the Motor Expo, expecting yacht manufacturers to come to showcase their new, luxurious models at the fair. General Prayut said the campaign will help promoting yacht tourism in Thailand.

According to the Deputy Minister, his Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be tasked with organising the fair, adding that Pattaya and Phuket are their top choices for the event venue, which is likely to be held in November, the high tourism season.

In addition, the Government also has a plan to construct piers for cruise ships in Krabi and Suratthani provinces, said the Deputy Minister, adding that the Department of Marine is currently conducting a feasibility study.-VNA