The country’s biggest marine expo gets set to open next month with a gathering of notable personalities and brands in the the boating scene.
The event, the 9th SEA-EX Philippine Boat Show and Nautical Lifestyle Expo, happens at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Grounds on March 3 to 5, 2017.
Various yachts, sail boats, boating accessories, water sports equipment, and summer apparel will be on display. Among the top local boat builders featured in the expo are Trevally Boats, Teamnonino, Australasia Marine Alliance Corporation, Advanced Composite Systems – Hammerhead Boats and local boat distributors carrying internationally known brands such as Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Lagoon, Princess, Chaparral Boats, Sunseeker, NuMarine, Galeon, Corsair Marine.
Meanwhile, various travel agencies and hotels will also be offering special resort getaway packages.
Angelo Olondriz, seasoned boater and president of Headsail Inc., has been dedicating his time and effort to help create a thriving leisure boating industry, and turn the Philippines into Asia’s Mediterranean.
He explained, “A country with 7,100 islands, I saw a lack of maritime tourism—even the commercial side of our maritime tourism—is lacking compared to our neighbors, and they don’t even have what we have. We have all the natural infrastructures in place. We have the islands, we have a good English-speaking community, we have one of the friendliest people in Asia. Now we just have to learn how to move people around. And to do that, we need to build this industry from the ground up.”
Olondriz recently invited select members of media to take a sunset cruise with him in Manila Bay and explain to them the importance of having a burgeoning leisure boating industry. The gathering was held aboard the world-class Lagoon Catamaran. Food and wine were served on the deck of the luxury boat while the vessel gently sailed across the famed cove. Guests on board enjoyed a stunning fireworks display courtesy of the 2017 Philippine International Pyromusical Competition that was happening at the Mall of Asia complex.
According to Olondriz, the boating industry has the ability to become a major contributor for economic growth, and if properly developed, can serve as a catalyst for the advancement of other industries, including local and international tourism and recreational activities, and the development of port facilities.
Christopher Madrigal, Director of Maritime Development and Ocean Affairs Unit, National Coast Watch Council Secretariat, an agency that works directly under the office of the president, was also present during the event to show support for the call to boost local maritime tourism.
Olondriz added, “We are working with the government to get the leisure boating industry legitimized and increase boat registrations. Just like in other countries, this, more than anything else, will pave the way for significant growth in the years to come.”
Olondriz’s Headsail, Inc. is the company behind SEA-EX Philippine Boat Show & Nautical Lifestyle Expo.