Published: Monday, 14 November 2016

Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Tahiti Managing Director Etienne Boutin reflects back on his hectic but successful week of exhibiting at the APS Stand at the Monaco Yacht Show Sept 28-Oct 1, sharing his impressions.

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(Photos: APS Tahiti - Monaco Yacht Show 2016)

Monaco is the place to get a direct feel of the state of the yachting industry and this year's show was a perfect occasion to see the recovery at work, with considerable news taking place about deliveries and orders.

Significant improvement of visitations are expected in 2017 with several large motoryachts already planning their next season in French Polynesia and likely to further cruise through the South-Pacific and Southeast Asia. APS Tahiti will be the first APS office to welcome this new convoy of visitors and will once again ensure they leave Tahiti with a myriad of long lasting memories.

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(Fraser Yachts: Captain Claud Akers and his wife, Emma receiving award at Fraser Yachts Captain's dinner)

This year's Monaco Yacht Show was exceptional for Tahiti as the crew of the 34 meter MY Askari, based in Tahiti for charter since 2006, was honoured with the prestigious Fraser's Award for Best Charter Crew (yacht under 50m).

Captain Claud Akers and his wife, Emma, and chef on board Askari received an award at the Fraser Yachts Captain's dinner. APS Tahiti contributed a ‘dinner for two at one of the best restaurants in Papeete to the prize. This award is spreading pride and a feeling of recognition among the staff of APS Tahiti that have assisted the yacht and the crew for the last 10 years.

In an interview published in the The Islands of Tahiti,  Captain Claud is asked, “As a yacht Captain, what would you say make our islands being sought after by superyachts?”

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“I think definitely the ease to move around from island to island thanks to the efforts made by the local government,” answers Claud. “It is extremely safe. It is simple to fly in and out both domestic and international. The medical system is very reliable, provisioning is fantastic and the local people are extremely nice and do not pay any negative attention to superyachts being around.” 

“Thanks to the lobbying efforts and the French Polynesia Maritime Cluster with the French Government, a new system has been implemented early 2016 for non-EC crew members willing to stay over the 90 days tourist visa allowance,” says Etienne. “Based on a simple logbook recording daily shore leaves to be counted off the allowance, the system has been positively tested and APS Tahiti has been able to extend the stay of several crews on yachts with extended cruise programs. This is certainly a major enhancement for Tahiti destination and can only reinforce its attraction to superyachts”.