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June 2022

The last couple of years have been the busiest on record for superyacht brokerage, according to several of the international brokerage houses. Plus, charter is also back on track to pre-Covid levels. This is a great time to be promoting the Asia-Pacific region to the wider superyacht community, and this will be APSA’s focus going forward. News this month includes the new provincial order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on 25th June which confirms the easing of COVID measures for international arrivals, including visiting yachts, which comes into effect as of 1st July 2022.

Sanlorenzo’s success and desirability continue to expand at a remarkable pace in Asia. This is no surprise, as the Sanlorenzo brand is an excellent fit for yacht owners looking for a bespoke yacht from a renowned boutique Italian shipyard. Sanlorenzo’s low production numbers ensure plenty of scope for uniqueness and customisation, which strongly appeals to owners seeking to purchase a very special yacht. 

As of July 1st 2022, there has been a new provincial order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on June 25th which has confirmed the easing of COVID measures for international arrivals, including visiting yachts, come into effect. It is welcome news to international visitors arriving by land, air, and sea to learn of sweeping changes to Thailand’s entry requirements.

Benetti climbs to the top step of the podium with Motopanfilo 37M at the 2022 BOAT International Design and Innovation Awards, which acknowledge not only naval architecture and styling, but also design and technology aspects that represent innovation, engineering, and sustainability.

The 7th edition of the Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS) offered no less than 87 yachts on display, confirming its reputation as the largest charter show in the east Med. Over 600 charter brokers from all over Europe, the US attended along with one representative from Asia, Charter Broker Lies Sol from N & J Asia.

IC Cesme Marina is honoured to receive a certificate and award of their status as a Green World Ambassador 2022 in recognition of their environmental best practises. The environmental projects spearheaded by the team at IC Cesme Marina will be featured in The Green Book, published by the Green Apple Organisation.

Tahiti Tourisme has launched its new corporate website:, a new tool and dedicated space gathering all the information concerning the organization, as well as all the resources necessary to promote The Islands of Tahiti. This new website is intended for the entire local and international tourism industry.

Lantau Yacht Club (LYC) endeavours to provide the highest level of service and a premium and hassle-free yachting lifestyle to our members and guests. We are pleased that three leading yacht service providers -- Lodestone Yachts, Marine Service Asia and NextWave Yachting are now stationing at LYC's service yard to provide yacht care, maintenance and yacht management services, among others.

GMT- Global Marine Travel is now #29 on the Travel Weekly Power List 2022, climbing 13 spots over 2021. This is now GMT's fourth year in a row to make the list of the largest, most successful retailers in the travel industry, based on full-year 2021 sales.

The first episode of the Australia InDepth Series, ‘A Superyacht Hub’, has launched on and focuses on the advanced marine infrastructure in Australia which is able to cater to the demands of large visiting vessels.

Dear Members and APSA Friends

There has been a lot happening on the superyacht scene around the world, and the second half of 2022 looks to be busier than ever. For those APSA Members planning to attend the Monaco Yacht Show this year, please make sure you put a ‘Save the Date’ in your calendar for Tuesday 27 September when the legendary ‘APSA Superyacht Night’ will be held on the rooftop of the Novotel Hotel Monaco.

Tourism operators have reached an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to implement a visa fee exemption for international arrivals, and an eligibility extension for visitors from nations not requiring a visa to enter the country, from 30 to 45 days during the second half of this year, as reported in the Bangkok Post 12 June 2022.

Sanlorenzo unveils its brand new yacht model SP110 - first Open Coupe yacht by Sanlorenzo. Smart Performance. Carrying forward research into the development of technologies with a low environmental impact but without forgetting the importance of the yacht's driving experience, Sanlorenzo has created the new SP110 model.

For full Russian Sanctions and the Yachting Industry: As the readers will be only too aware, the UK, EU, US, and other countries including Australia, Japan and Canada have imposed unprecedented measures against Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine and subsequent events. Sanctions have been imposed in a series of waves in the weeks since the invasion and it is expected that they will continue to be expanded.

Initiatives driven both by yacht owners and by yacht businesses are making great strides toward a more considered environmental approach, as the Closing the Loop project at Gold Coast City Marina ably demonstrates. From the glorious beaches and seductive surf of the Gold Coast to the fragile beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, the coast of Queensland in Australia is a haven for anyone and everyone who likes the water.

Technical experts from across the Red Ensign Group have been engaging with the superyacht industry on the REG Yacht Code. Chaired by Julian Smith from the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, the two-day event was held in May at the Superyacht Builder’s Association (SYBAss) in Amsterdam. Julian said: “These events are real opportunities to discuss standards of safety and pollution prevention set out by the REG Yacht Code.”

Colin Dawson whose company The George Group partners with Howden looks at how the industry should be working towards increased professionalism, client confidence and stability for businesses in an increasingly challenging environment. Most professional associations in Europe or the USA require their members to carry insurance to cover their activities and whether this is a requirement or not it’s good practice to look at what covers can help your business survive in the event of difficulties.

After four days, just shy of 5,000 smiling visitors made some big purchases, and TYS exhibitors and partners alike unanimously agreed that it was good to be back at a yacht show, networking with the industry again and that TYS Pattaya was exactly what the yacht industry needed.

The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) held its annual conference ASMEX 2022 yesterday for the superyacht, marine export and commercial marine industries in Sanctuary Cove, on the Gold Coast. Jeremy Spear, President, AIMEX urged marine manufacturers and service providers to return to their international marketplaces with their products and be proud of their Australian made calling card.

The 33rd annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has upped the ante again, cruising into another successful year with outstanding attendance contributing to climatic sales and an exuberant atmosphere. Across four action-packed days, SCIBS welcomed 43,852 boating enthusiasts to the sold-out show to view more than 1,000 products and 600 vessels from over 337 exhibitors with an impressive 251 boats on water, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase