Exhibitors, visitors and organisers were all delighted with the results of the 1st Pattaya Property Show which took place at the Hilton Pattaya from January 9-12, 2014.
Over 2,000 visitors attended including buyers from over 23 countries, tourists, expats and Thais. The event was also sold out with over 45 exhibitors.
Companies displaying their projects and services included huge national developers Raimon Land PCL and Sansiri PCL, the largest local developers such as the Nova Group, Universal Group and Blue Sky Group, other premium developers including The Riviera Group, Kingdom Property, Onyx, Pattaya Posh and Siam Royal View, as well as many smaller local real estate developers.
Pattaya City mayor Ittipol Khunplome (right) attends the opening of the 3-day inaugural Pattaya Property Show held at the Hilton Pattaya from Jan 9-11.
Agents and brokers were also well represented with some of the city’s largest agents, A+ Properties, Ocean Residential, Compass Real Estate and REBA, the Real Estate Broker Association, Eastern Seaboard all present.
Charlie Warner, CEO of event organisers Exact Trading Company, based in Pattaya, commented, “Our objective was to put Pattaya property on the international map for real estate investors. Getting the full support of the city administrators and by holding the event at a prestige venue on the 17th floor of the Hilton resulted in the high quality of visitors we wanted. It was serious people with a real interest that came to the show.”
Mike Bridge of Exact Trading added, “We were very pleased with the results of our first show in the city. It is always difficult to launch a new exhibition, but because of Exact’s existing relationships with many of the companies in this industry, we were able to generate what turned out to be a very reputable show. A large number of contracts were confirmed during the three and a half days, and I am sure there will be many more sales in the next few weeks.”
Pattaya mayor Ittipol Khunplome (center right) and Charlie Warner, CEO of Exact Trading Company (center left), preside over the official opening of the 2014 Pattaya Property Show at the Hilton Pattaya hotel, Friday, Jan. 9.
The Riviera Group’s Marketing Manager Ubonjitr Thamchop said they had been busy throughout the weekend: “The Hilton Pattaya’s ballroom definitely fitted our profile of luxury, and we have already sold an apartment worth 12 million baht on the stand. We also have a fair number of excellent leads which we feel confident we can close a few deals on shortly. I think this is a very important step for the city to host a top level event to support the property industry and maybe it should happen twice a year,” said Ubonjitr.
Staff from The Riviera sales team prepare to meet new customers.
Meanwhile an Assistant Sales Manager at Kingdom Property commented: “We were here promoting South Point and received lots of enquiries, great feedback and we expect many of them to come to visit us at our showroom.”
A+ Properties Director Steve Edwards stated, “We had a steady flow of buyers onto our stand and it has exceeded our expectations. We saw Russians, Germans, Thai and Korean visitors, and most were looking to buy to live in the property. It has been great exposure for us too, being a relatively new company.”
Over 45 exhibitors were present during the 3 day event.
Daniel Arie General Manager at Decorum Furniture and Decoration added, “I was surprised with the response. Many people who knew our shop but had never visited us before came over to speak to us, and we even sold a large leather sofa here from our stand.”
VIP Real Estate’s Jens Nielsen from Rayong said, “Although we were not overcrowded, it did give us more time to talk to the visitors, who were serious investors and in my opinion definitely keen to buy. Promoting Rayong offered a different option from all the Pattaya real estate, which I believe worked in our favour.”
Knowledgeable sales staff were on hand at each booth to provide information on the various projects.
David Thomas from Beach Properties was also in positive mood, ‘It has been a pleasure to exhibit at a properly run international style show in Pattaya, and definitely compares with exhibiting at any international event abroad. We came here with only our luxury houses to promote as there are already many condominiums on offer. Maybe next time we might introduce some condos too.”
The best of Eastern Seaboard and Thai real estate was on show at the expo.
Philippe Leysen from Houbenvillas said, “Since we were from Koh Lanta, we actually got a lot of positive feedback from visitors and I feel confident that we have at least five serious investors from contacts made at this event.”
The organisers are now considering running the event twice a year, possibly in October and then again in February 2015.
The region’s leading developers were all represented at the show.
Many new projects were showcased to potential investors.