A taste of Australia at Monaco show breakfast
Superyacht Australia brings a unique flavour to Monaco showcase.
For the second year in a row Superyacht Australia staged its Australian breakfast at the Monaco Yacht Show to promote the region to visiting superyachts. More than 70 industry personnel attended the event to learn about Australia's cruising grounds and the capability of local businesses to service the global superyacht fleet.
Courtney Barry, Tourism Australia’s global brand manager, highlighted some of the tourism experiences Australia has to offer in terms of luxury lodges, fishing, world class golf courses, vineyards and walking trails.
A panel of Australian marine industry experts then outlined key areas of interest to the captains and charter brokers in attendance including ports of entry, crew visas, refit capability and the marina facilities on offer in all the key Australian destinations.
Visiting superyacht captains outlined the attractions of cruising in Australian waters.
“One of the most amazing experiences for me was the time we spent in Western Australia cruising in the Kimberley region,” said Captain Ferdi Heymann of MY Pangaea. “The Australian people are so friendly and nothing is ever a problem. They go out of their way to make life easy and the industry offers world class service and facilities”.
Captain Nick Smith of MY Eleni added: “There are so many key areas for cruising in Australia depending on the experience your owner or charter guests are looking for. The Great Barrier Reef is certainly iconic and is especially attractive now that there are a number of key anchorages for larger yachts ensuring owners get that unique experience they are looking for.
“Another key attraction for us was New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour, all cruising destinations in Australia being on many people’s bucket lists.”
A highlight of the breakfast was a performance by Stuart Kellaway and Witiyana Marika, former members of iconic Australian band Yothu Yindi, along with Witiyana's son, Yirrmal, giving guests an authentic taste of Australian culture.
“Thanks again to the Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef for organising the Aboriginal entertainers,” said Superyacht Australia CEO, MaryAnne Edwards. “This was a great boost to the Australian presence.”