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Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef has welcomed the findings of a new report on the economic impact of superyachts in the Cairns region.

The report, which identifies Cairns as one of the major hot spots for the sector, is continuing to bring new jobs and prosperity to Far North Queensland.

The ‘Economic Impact of the Superyacht Sector on the Australian Economy’ by Superyacht Australia, identifies some 1,100 jobs and $103.7m injected directly into the Cairns and Whitsunday region economies. It also states that legislative, planning and policy support to allow foreign vessels charter rights in Australia waters would open the door to a 70% growth by 2021.

“We have supported the push with Superyacht Australia for policy changes so that our region can realise its full potential in this exciting industry,” Superyacht Group GBR manager Joanne Drake said. “We work closely with all stakeholders to lobby for this change so that Cairns, already identified as a go-to port by the international superyacht community, will reap the benefits.”

The Super Yacht Group Great Barrier are proactive internationally in promoting Cairns and our region as the perfect home port for superyachts, attending the major boat shows in the world, such as The Monaco Yacht Show, Ft Lauderdale Boat Show, The Singapore Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Tahiti and Fiji. With the assistance of the Cairns Regional Council they have hosted numerous inbound familiarisation tours.

Cairns is perfectly placed with all the required infrastructure and services within a ten minute radius of the world class Marlin Marina, including an international airport. The marina has a capability of docking superyachts up to 140M. Of course, a big draw card is also the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Tropical Rainforest. Being the central hub to many of the current cruising hotspots for superyachts such as PNG, Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand makes Cairns a logistical port of call.

Ports North is among the major supporters of the superyacht industry with the Cairns Marlin Marina providing a range of dedicated superyacht berths.

“We provide the facilities for one of the most popular superyacht destinations in Australia,” Ports North Chairman Russell Beer said. “For more than 18 years, these multimillion dollar vessels have been returning to Cairns to explore the region’s attractions and make use of our expert tradespeople and three world-class shipyards.”

Mr Beer said superyachts are reported to spend around 10 per cent of their purchase price per annum in maintenance.

“So if it’s a $50 million yacht, they’re estimated spend on maintenance is $5 million. So this is a great industry for Cairns, and we need to see these economic opportunities grow – especially in relation to homeporting and vessel charter.

“Superyacht Group GBR is on the case and we will continue to support their work to ensure Cairns remains a premiere superyacht destination in the country.”

Joanne Drake
Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef
Ph: +61 458 794 001

Carrie Carter
Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef
Ph: +61 429 391 046