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November 2020

Influencers and bloggers of the international yachting industry will be the “celebrities” of the digital edition of YARE, Yachting Aftersales and Refit Experience, scheduled for the 26th and 27th of November. The event is organized by NAVIGO – a network for the development and the innovation of the nautical sector.


I am very pleased to welcome three new members onboard this month:

  • FRASER ASIA: A world-leader in yacht chartering, brokerage, yacht management and new builds, with a strong track record and portfolio.
  • ASIAMARINE: Sells new and pre-owned yachts and manages them for their owners. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company and has offices in Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore.
  • Northrop & Johnson APAC: Provides full brokerage and new-build services, project management for customized superyacht builds, as well as offering charter services, both charter retail and charter management.

The Asia Boating Dialogue (ABD) 2020 was organised by Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA) in collaboration with the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA), and supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).

The Asia-Pacific Yacht Industry High-Level Forum 2020 is an integral part of the Macau Yacht Show 2020 and in recent years it has become a key platform for connecting China to the international boating community. This year was a combination of live and virtual presentations, with speakers presenting live from Macau and Hong Kong, and online presentations from China, Australia and Switzerland, with bi-lingual online live video streaming.


Australia is set to become one of the world’s premier superyacht destinations under plans for a new $200 million maintenance and refit hub unveiled by Rivergate Marina and Shipyard.  The proposed expansion of the internationally acclaimed shipyard would be the catalyst for a major increase in superyacht visitation to Australia and the wider Pacific region due to its capability to service large luxury vessels over 50 metres.

Travel Cue are pleased that some progress has recently been made as the majority of major network carriers have started to issue refunds and some of the smaller regional and budget carriers are slowly cranking up the process.  Though challenges remain whilst some airlines struggle to secure loans and bailouts, Travel Cue will continue to lobby and encourage the airlines to resume normal practices to re-unite customers with their long overdue refunds.

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) will receive AUD$20 million from Deb Frecklington’s LNP Queensland Government for its Stage II development which will see the lifting capacity of the Gold Coast increase to 1200 tonnes and the current facility more than double in size.