The new Asia Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA) is now up and running and is busy promoting Thailand, Singapore Hong Kong as important superyacht destinations.

The founding committee comprises of Colin Dawson (a Hong Kong marine insurance broker), Jean-Jacques Lavigne (Superyacht Singapore Association), YP Loke (Spinnaker International), Simon Turner (Northrop & Johnson Asia), and Gareth Twist (Yacht Solutions/Ruea Yachts).

To date more than 40 superyacht businesses have expressed an interest in joining APSA, with the individual annual membership fee set at US$1,000.

APSA intends to use a series of committees to deal with areas such as government liaison, sharing intelligence, fundraising, and marketing and publicity.

Its general committee includes Rod Tweedle and Richard Morris (from Australia), Tork Buckley (consultant and journalist), Aashim Mongia (India), and Nick Coombes (chairman of AYSS). Hill Dickinson will provide legal support.

The geographical spread for APSA includes the Seychelles and Hawaii but does not yet include the Middle East.

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