With the superyacht charter season commencing in Tahiti, the gateway to the South Pacific, a strong contingent from Superyacht Australia hosted Australia Tahiti Rendezvous, a day of networking events on Marina Taina in Papeete on Friday 27th June.

Australia Tahiti Rendezvous, whch was held for the first time in 2013, once again generated significant interest, and the Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) also decided to have its meeting of Pacific agents to coincide with the event.

“We are pleased to have the key players in Australia here in Tahiti and it is great we are all working together,” Etienne Boutin, Tahiti Ocean commented. “It was also an opportunity for me to host an AYSS event and for all of us in the region Fiji, Vanuatu, NZ to catch up with our Australian industry colleagues.  We are all doing the same thing trying to attract more yachts to visit our region, which we believe is the one of the best cruising destinations in the world. We applaud the Australian initiative.”

The South Pacific is receiving considerable attention as more of the global superyacht fleet are looking for new and exciting destinations.  Tahiti being the key entry point for the South Pacific is an obvious location for the Australian industry to focus their attention.

Whilst the target was superyachts there was also considerable interest in coming to Australia by the smaller yachts and this market sector is also very important to the Australian industry.

Australia Tahiti Rendezvous networking party

Australia Tahiti Rendezvous networking party

After a series of entertaining events, the celebrations then went into full swing in true Aussie style, certainly gaining momentum and making its mark again as the best marina party in the South Pacific. It was certainly a very quiet Taina marina the next morning.

“This was the second time we have run this event and we intend on making it a permanent part of the Australian activity calendar.  Everyone is already committed to doing it again next year for the third year running and we can see this just getting bigger and better,” Maryanne Edwards, Superyacht Australia CEO commented.

Australian companies in attendance included principle sponsor Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Acutec Systems, Awlgrip, Barz Optics, Boatstyle, BSE Maritime Solutions, Cairns Marlin Marina, Carter Marine Agencies, City of Melbourne, Gold Coast City Marina, MEC Yachts, MTU Detroit Diesel, Muir Winches, Pantaenius, South Port Yacht Club, Stella Marine, Superyacht Australia, Superyacht Queensland, Superyacht Solutions, Superyacht Sydney and Sydney City Marine.