Hainan Rendez-Vous 2012 attracts more Chinese millionaires to Sanya
Electronic ticket scanners counted 21,422 visitors entering the main fairgrounds where the event’s yacht show and ultra-lifestyle exhibition were held, of whom over 53% were specially invited VIPs. Some 967 holders of the show’s ultra-exclusive VVIP passes attended the invitation-only business jet static display.
The elite crowd was matched on the exhibitor side by the world’s eight leading makers of business jets, dozens of leading names in the global luxury yacht industry, and ultra-upscale brands of real estate, supercars, haute joaillerie, watches and numerous other product categories.
Based on reports received so far, organisers are confident that this year’s edition generated transactions of several billion RMB.
At least twenty five yachts were sold on-site by show’s end, and that number will rise significantly as buyers and sellers continue negotiations in coming weeks.
Among aviation exhibitors reporting good news, Dassault Falcon sold one 7x during the show and said it was scheduling post-event demo flights for other potential buyers. Gulfstream likewise reported communicating with several serious potential buyers at the show and on the VVIP flights to/from the Sanya. Negotiations on several business jets initiated at the show will likely be finalised in the coming weeks.
With 208 exhibiting companies, the Hainan Rendez-Vous brought an even richer world of ultra-lifestyle experiences to its visitors this year.
A fleet of some 130 boats was about 30% larger than that of last year’s edition, which was Asia’s largest yacht show for 2011. Not only were there more boats, but the ships themselves were larger overall.
Vessels over 30 metres included the 49 metre Lohengrin from US-based Trinity shipyard, Feadship’s new 44 metre Helix, the 50 metre Northern Sun which was berthed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the 42 metre Star brought by YPI, the 33.5 metre Lady Gaga and 36.5 metre Muses from Horizon Yachts, and the 38.5 metre Onyx by Sanlorenzo.
The French government’s agency for international business development brought over a dozen of the nation’s renowned luxury maisons, including makers of customised catamarans, renowned foundries producing handcrafted metalwork, and providers of ultra-exclusive tourism experiences that were especially well received by Chinese visitors.
As a gathering of thousands of China’s financial and social elites, Hainan Rendez-Vous is a highly anticipated event for its guests, who use the opportunity to network with peers from across the country at various parties, wine tastings, dinners and other happenings.
The 2012 Hainan Rendez-Vous included three gala dinners hosted respectively by Pernod Ricard, the show organiser and Chopard. Each dinner treated hundreds of guests to an unforgettable evening of sumptuous dining and lively entertainment. Evenings saw the piers of the yacht show aglow with light from the boats and the warmth of laughter, conversation and music.
Pernod Ricard had built a two-story VIP lounge by the water that served as venue for celebrations of the wine and spirits maker’s Elite Club members and other Hainan Rendez-Vous VIP guests.
"This is the third year Dassault Falcon has participated in the Hainan Rendez-Vous and we were not disappointed," said Jean Rosanvallon, president and CEO, Dassault Falcon Jet. "The number of attendees this year was impressive but the real measure for us is the quality of people we get to see during the many events."
Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine indicated that his firm met clients and also sold two luxury yachts at the show. He said that Hainan Rendez-Vous remains "the best boat show in Asia".
Bombardier released the following statement: "Hainan Rendezvous is a key event in the growth of business aviation in China and it is a great occasion to meet our existing customers and new ones."
Marquis Yachts celebrated the opening of its new joint venture in China at Hainan Rendez-Vous, and Irwin Jacobs, president of the firm that owns Marquis, said his team sold eight boats at the show and would likely close on another five units in the coming days. Marquis hosted a party on the docks that drew about 200 people, just about all of whom were potential customers, Jacobs said.
"We are enthusiastic about the results achieved during Hainan Rendez-Vous 2012," said Giuseppe Zecchin, Asia Pacific area manager for Ferretti Group. "HRV has become the most important event in Asia. We have already started to plan our presence for next year’s edition."
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