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The Asia-Pacific Superyacht Summit held in Hong Kong on the 5-6 June 2024 was a roaring success in the Year of the Dragon. Organised by SuperYacht Times, and run under the patronage of Simpson Superyachts (a division of Simpson Marine), the Summit exceeded expectations for both organisers and attendees, and will go down as a seminal moment in the further development of the superyacht sector in Asia. Held at the Renaissance Harbour View Hong Kong Hotel, the Summit was attended by 175 delegates, half of whom had flown in for the event.

The first Asia-Pacific Superyacht Summit 2024 was a milestone event for the Asia-Pacific superyacht community. Organised by Superyacht Times (SYT), APSA was a Supporting Partner and the Summit that was rated as an overwhelming success. With 175 local and overseas delegates in attendance there was no shortage of support for this inaugural event.

Organised by the Thai Yachting Business Association, the Thailand Charter Show is Southeast Asia’s premier Yacht Charter Show for yachts and superyachts. A luxury yachting event that provides a platform for crewed charter yachts and brokers to showcase their boats in a stunning location, the third edition of the Thailand Charter Show will be held at Phuket Yacht Haven from the 1st to the 3rd of November, 2024, just before the start of the high season.

“We expect significant expansion in Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Chinese markets over the next ten years,” says Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman of Sanlorenzo. “It’s a high potential and currently underserved area where we would like to extend our presence.” And extend its presence Sanlorenzo most definitely has done. Last year APAC commanded more than 10% of the Group’s total net revenues, and the acquisition of Simpson Marine will fortify and expand its position in the region.

Horizon Yacht USA is excited to announce the grand opening of the new West Coast Office located in Seattle, Washington in the Salmon Bay Yachting Center. This new office will serve as a prime location to enhance our services for our partners, clients, and brokers in the Pacific Northwest. This expansion will assist in building stronger relationships and providing more opportunities for collaboration.

Burgess is delighted to announce a new partnership in China with Wanda Yacht Management and Club Reign, both part of Wanda Hotels & Resorts. With that partnership, Shanghai-based Wanda Yacht Management GM Leo Yang also becomes Burgess’ Chief Representative in China. He will collaborate closely with our strong core team of Asian and Chinese colleagues based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Monaco. 

The 11th Australia Tahiti Rendezvous was held on the 20-21 June at Marina Taina in Papeete, Tahiti and provided an excellent platform for the Australian companies to inform the yachts currently based or visiting Tahiti on the cruising options, refit and maintenance facilities and service providers, that are available in Australia, as they continue their journey west in the South Pacific. 

The 2025 edition of the Thailand International Boat Show A Luxury Lifestyle Event will take place at Phuket Yacht Haven from 9 - 12 January, 2025. Located in the north of Phuket Island, Phuket Yacht Haven is the island’s largest marina with 332 berths and can accommodate yachts of all sizes up to 100+ metres, aligning with the organisers’ plans to expand the show and welcome more boats, larger boats and superyachts.

Port Denarau Marina, Fiji’s premier superyacht marina located in the South Pacific, and The International SeaKeepers, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community, announce a partnership to advance marine conservation efforts by engaging private vessels in the South Pacific.

Over 200 people attended the Cluster Yachting Monaco’s 10th anniversary celebration, which was attended by HSH Prince Albert II, President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, who congratulated members for the work they do to promote the Monegasque yachting sector. “This initiative has become a reality. You are ambassadors of the yachting industry in the Principality. We want it to be as sustainable as possible over time but to also have an environmental purpose,” said the Sovereign.

There is a good deal going on in Asia, and it was good to see so many APSA members at the Singapore Yachting Festival 2024, which was bigger and busier than last year, and saw the return of superyachts to the festival. APSA’s schedule continues to be busy with the ASMEX 2024 Conference (21-22 May) and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) (23-26 May) and the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Summit (5-6 June) at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, Hong Kong. 

Gulf Craft Group FZC is one of the world’s only fully integrated yacht and boat manufacturer with a proven track record in designing and delivering high-quality, award-winning yachts and boats that define the contemporary marine lifestyle. Gulf Craft Group delivers high-quality personalised vessels for pleasure and for commercial pursuits for clientele across the world.

CREATION was established in 1984 by Yukio Shintani and from their base in Osaka, Japan, has grown over the subsequent 40 years to be Japan’s largest independent yachting company. The company specializes in yacht dealership, yacht brokerage & yacht service, from their marina in Osaka that can accommodate up to 40-meter yachts.

On 5 and 6 June 2024, Superyacht Times will host the first edition of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Summit. This two-day event will be held in Hong Kong at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. The Asia-Pacific Superyacht Summit will be an important meeting place for key decision-makers from the different Asian regions, as well as global superyacht industry professionals.

This year’s Singapore Yachting Festival 2024 highlighted Singapore's emergence as a prominent yachting hub, boasting expertise, accessibility, and top-notch infrastructure capable of hosting a raft of unique on-water exhibitions. Total number of visitors: 11,556, was significant increase on last year’s attendance rate and underscores the growing interest and demand for yachting in the region.

Simpson Marine celebrated 40 years of business in the yachting industry and over 3,500 yachts delivered in Asia throughout these four decades, and they proudly presented a remarkable fleet of six yachts, including Asia Premieres of the latest models ranging from 40 to 120ft from the renowned shipyards of Sanlorenzo, Bluegame and Fairline. 

Simpson Marine Asia-Pacific’s leading yacht sales and service company, is delighted to announce its exclusive appointment as the agent for Nautor Swa in Asia. This strategic partnership brings together two iconic brands, each renowned for their commitment to excellence, craftsmanship, and pioneering in the yachting industry.

The wallywhy200 made its debut in the APAC market at the Singapore Yachting Festival 2024.  Distinguished by the elegant décor by Loro Piana Interiors, a second unit, also featuring Loro Piana Interiors décor but with a different style, will arrive in Asia in the coming months.

Benetti is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniela Petrozzi as the new Sales Director, from June 1, 2024.  In her new role, Daniela Petrozzi will report directly to Massimliano Casoni – General Manager – and continue to develop Benetti’s commercial strategy with a view to consolidation and growth.

Horizon Yachts is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of the FD90 Hull 30, a fast-cruising yacht meticulously crafted for the discerning Australian yachting market. Following its debut at the 2024 Horizon Open House, this FD90 build will be showcased at Pier G of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on May 23–26, 2024.