Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers of the fourth annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous have postponed the event that was to be staged from 15–18 October 2020 by Coral Sea Marina Resort in the Whitsundays.
The prestigious annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous (ASR) showcases the Australian superyacht industry, its capabilities and economic potential, along with Australia’s destination appeal as a uniquely intrepid travel destination for superyacht charters and luxury holiday-makers.
Paul Darrouzet, organiser of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous Great Barrier Reef edition and owner of host venue Coral Sea Marina Resort, says ongoing uncertainty around the border closures and lifting of restrictions has resulted in the decision to postpone the event until further notice.
“We have remained positive about keeping options open to stage the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous in October 2020, particularly in light of the sadness and disappointment that has come with so many events being cancelled.
“However, we don’t feel there will be enough recovery time to be able to proceed with the event with the remaining lead time,” Darrouzet said.
“The implications of COVID-19, the subsequent international and domestic travel restrictions, and the financial and logistical issues are beyond our control. We have been left with no other option other than to postpone,” he said.
Darrouzet continued, “We are passionate about helping with Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, particularly for our marine and superyacht industries, so we very much look forward to announcing new dates in due course.”
The fourth edition of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will showcase the Great Barrier Reef as an international superyacht charter destination for attending international superyacht industry heavyweights, superyacht owners and buyers, charterers, captains, international brokers, tourism and industry professionals, plus media and government representatives.
Australian Superyacht Rendezvous has also, for the first time ever, attracted the support of Tourism Australia who recognises the tourism potential of Australia’s superyacht industry and our country’s all-year cruising and adventure-driven charter destinations with signature on and offshore experiences.
When the next edition of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is able to proceed, it will involve showcasing, informing, educating and networking as well as superyacht hops and island immersions for VIP guests.
Attending guests will be transported by participating superyachts to a range of land- and sea-based Whitsunday-exclusive experiences, including Whitehaven Beach, reef adventures, wildlife tours and more.
New dates will be announced post-pandemic.