PHUKET: This year’s edition of the annual Phuket boat show (PIMEX), which closed late yesterday, offered solid testimony to the improving global economy and the renewed vibrance of the marine leisure industry in Asia, particularly at its hub – Phuket.

Full car parks, full restaurants and lots of action in the booths and berths at the Royal Phuket Marina – every day throughout the four-day event – spoke well of the health of yachting on the island.

Among the many highlights of the show were the daily lucky draws for free scenic flights over Phuket, sponsored by the Phuket Gazette and Phuket Airpark.