Published: Monday, 15 May 2017

The first Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will be held in Gold Coast from May 15-20 and gather forces from yachting, aviation and tourism industries. 

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With traditional hotspots including the Mediterranean and Caribbean now overcrowded, the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous has sparked a strong vision for driving more high-end tourism down under.

The inaugural Australian Superyacht Rendezvous has seen widespread collaboration amongst international yacht charter and superyacht support companies, aviation operators and marine businesses from Australia and across the globe.  Further, in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the greater Asia-Pacific region is a key emerging luxury cruising destination. 

The venue Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard will host more than $AUS150 million of superyachts – many of the most luxurious vessels currently chartering or for sale in Australia. 

The line-up for the two-day rendezvous includes Atlantic Princess, Auspro, Aventi, Crystal Blue, Emerald Lady, Encore, Euphoria, Laura J, Hunter, Patriot 1, Mary Rose, Mermaid Spirit, Relentless, Sahana and Samara.

Currently, according to Superyacht Australia, only 65 internationally flagged superyachts visit Australian waters each year representing just 1.5 per cent of the global superyacht market. The shared consensus being that an island surrounded by pristine and stunning waters with year-round cruising weather should be attracting a far greater share of this lucrative market. 

Australian Superyacht Rendezvous To Debut In Gold Coast

Evidence from the recently released Australian superyacht industry Economic Impact Study proved one foreign superyacht can spend $2.5 million in a 12-month period, presenting large-scale opportunities for local tourism, hospitality and manufacturing sectors.  It also highlighted that improved customs facilities and the removal of current taxation restrictions to allow these international vessels to charter in Australia would see significant increases in visitor numbers. 

Trenton Gay, Gold Coast City Marina CEO and event organiser, said it is great to see so many international companies from a range of sectors not just nautical jumping on board so that high-end tourism across Asia Pacific can be bolstered.

“We are proud to be hosting some of the finest superyachts in Australia and are delighted to have international guests and sponsors including yacht charter companies jetting in from Indonesia and Thailand because they are keen to work together collaboratively.

“The Mediterranean and the Americas are well established as superyacht hot spots but the Asia-Pacific region is gaining momentum at a rapid rate and we need to work together to entice and welcome more vessels to this part of the world. 

“Our partners and guests for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous are very excited about the potential there is to boost not just superyacht traffic in Australia but also across the Asia-Pacific region.”

One of the major partners for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is Adagold Aviation whose Market Development Manager, Katelyn Aslett believes the event is critical to building strong partner relationships and industry collaboration across the high-end luxury travel market.

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Nikko Karki, Indo Yachts Director, who owns and runs an elite tier charter company in Indonesia with an 18 fleet is flying in for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous to showcase his business.

“Superyacht charters offer exhilarating holiday experiences and the cost is often comparative to what would be spent on a land based or large cruise ship holiday with exponentially more memorable and unique experiences and privacy.” 

Luxury international yacht brokerage business, Northrop & Johnson have also jumped on board, keen to put Australia and the Asia-Pacific region in the international spotlight for luxury yachting enthusiasts.

Around 400 stakeholders and guests are expected to attend the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous which includes a yacht hop event by day for tourism and events industry professionals followed by an invitation-only evening party for business, industry and media and will conclude with a superyacht crew party on the final day.

The Rendezvous will be a new lead up ahead of the 2017 Australian Superyacht, Marine Export and Commercial Marine Conference at Sanctuary Cove (ASMEX) from May 22-24 and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 25-28).

Major event sponsors include Aurora Yacht Logistics, Adagold Aviation, Aqualuma LED Lighting, City of Gold Coast, Peters & May, Riverside Marine, Seal Superyachts and Suez.