The Gold Coast will revel in nautical glamour and charter experiences when more than $200 million of the world’s finest charter superyachts move in for the second annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous.

Staged at the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard, the event throws an economic and tourism spotlight on the superyacht industry. With the largest concentration of marine services in the southern hemisphere, it also promotes Asia Pacific as the ultimate superyacht cruising destination.

Research from industry body Superyacht Australia shows that one superyacht can easily spend $2.5 million in a 12 month period, equivalent to the economic impact and spending of an 1800-person cruise ship.

Organisers of the event have 18 superyachts confirmed to participate, with several making their Gold Coast or Queensland debut, and more wait-listed to be a part of the showcase.

Arguably one of the most exciting outcomes from last year’s event and its lobbying influence was the Gold Coast becoming a designated customs and immigration clearance point for international superyachts in June 2017. This legislative change reduced obstacles for visiting the Gold Coast region, by ensuring they are able to sail directly into the Gold Coast Seaway.

This year’s event follows hot on the heels of the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games. The boats will also be taking the opportunity to charter in Australian and Asia Pacific waters. Charter destinations include the Whitsundays, Cairns and Port Douglas, the Kimberley, Sydney Harbour, Fiji, New Caledonia and Asia.

CEO of Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard and organiser of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous Trenton Gay says he is delighted to see an exciting line up of superyachts attending this year’s event.

“The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is about the superyacht industry and business banding together to attract a larger superyacht fleet to our pristine waters,” Mr Gay said.

“Superyacht charters are increasing in appeal for families, corporate or special events because they offer a holiday or event experience like no other. Australia and the Asia Pacific offer cruising waters and experiences that are second to none in the world. Through initiatives like the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, it’s great to see superyacht owners and crews turning their attention to our region for the unique charter opportunities that can be offered here.”

Superyachts attending this year’s Australian Superyacht Rendezvous include Antalex, Atlantic Princess, Aurora, Aus Pro, Corroboree, Crystal Blue, Deep Blue, Lady Pamela, Masteka 2, Murcielago, Oneworld, Patriot 1 and Relentless.

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