Organisers of The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous have announced the event will be making a return to the Gold Coast next year.
In a major coup for the city, the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will be held at the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard from 20-21 April 2018 to coincide with the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games.
The first ever Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, staged in May 2017, saw more than $150 million of superyachts gather for three events over two days including a yacht hop for tourism and events professionals, a VIP cocktail function for industry and political identities and a crew party that saw superyacht crews mix with sponsors and Gold Coast marine trade services.
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Arguably one of the most exciting outcomes from the 2017 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous and its lobbying influence was that the Gold Coast – home to Australia’s largest concentration of marine trades – became a designated customs and immigration clearance point for international superyachts in June, two months after the event.
In the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this means foreign superyachts are now able to sail directly into the Gold Coast Seaway.
Trenton Gay, CEO of Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard and organiser of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous was delighted to confirm the 2018 event. “The Gold Coast has Australia’s largest concentration of marine trades so it makes sense that we continue to see this important event staged here to boost the vitality of our industry and raise the region’s profile both nationally and internationally as a superyacht hot spot.”
Mr Gay said the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will take on an even stronger Australian identity and flavour. “We are immensely proud of what Australian waters and Australia’s marine and tourism industries have to offer these superyachts so the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will be about further highlighting why these international vessels should cruise and charter here,” he said.
With dates announced so early, it is anticipated that the event will attract a large number of superyachts keen to visit for the 2018 Commonwealth Games charter opportunities as well as the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous.
Further information about the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is available by visiting australiansuperyachtrendezvous.com