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NZ Works With Fiji To Promote Super Yachts

Open Day held Port Denarau Marina and Denarau Yacht Club informing super yacht owners of options A Fiji/NZ Open Day was staged yesterday at Port Denarau Marina and Denarau Yacht
06 Aug 2016 10:36
NZ Works With Fiji To Promote Super Yachts
Port Denarau Marina managing director Nigel Skeggs during the Fiji/NZ Day Open Day on Thursday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Open Day held Port Denarau Marina and Denarau Yacht Club informing super yacht owners of options

A Fiji/NZ Open Day was staged yesterday at Port Denarau Marina and Denarau Yacht Club.

The purpose of the open day was to inform super yacht owners and cruising yachts on making the best of their voyage and excursions in New Zealand.

A welcoming function was held on Thursday evening at the Port Denarau Marina Yacht Club where Government officials and Fijian company representatives met with NZ Government counterparts and NZ marine industry companies.

Presentations during the open day highlighted the refit and maintenance capability in New Zealand alongside destinations and marinas.

Presented by NZ Marine, Destination NZ and Port Denarau Marina, superyachts, cruising yachts and their crew had the chance to engage one-on-one with representatives from 25 Kiwi companies.

This covered facilities and services including marine products, equipment, vessel agency services, refit and maintenance.

NZ High Commissioner, Mark Ramsden, congratulated NZ Marine chief executive officer, Peter Busfield, and Port Denarau Marina managing director, Nigel Skeggs, for putting together such an event.

“It’s great to see New Zealand working alongside Fiji to promote the South Pacific as a destination for super yachts and cruising yachts,” Mr Ramsden said.

“New Zealand and Fiji are similar in that both countries heavily rely on tourism to create economic growth.”

He said the New Zealand Government is fully behind the initiative of New Zealand Marine.

Mr Ramsden added while both countries offer different holiday propositions – the two are complimentary destinations from a cruising perspective.

“If you have made it as far as Fiji, then a trip onwards to New Zealand makes sense,” he said.

 

The open day

The open day highlightedwhat was in store in New Zealand, and in particular Auckland, as well-placed to act as a hub for services for super yachts and to compete internationally for business for a number of reasons.

Mr Ramsden said: “New Zealand is internationally-recognised as a major marine industry service hub in the South Pacific.

“New Zealand’s marine businesses and support services industries are long established and experienced.

“In turn, crew members and captains on super yachts who have visited  and have come away with a good impression of our capabilities.

“There is a high level of amenities available for visiting super yacht owners and crew members- particularly in Auckland with a concentration of high quality of accommodation and entertainment available”

 

Statistics

Mr Ramsden highlighted New Zealand welcomed around 50 super yachts to their shores in the most recent sailing season.

“There is strong collaboration between NZ Marine, the Auckland Council and Tourism New Zealand in working to achieve a joint strategy for attracting super yacht services to New Zealand,” he said.

“Also to ensure adequate infrastructure for servicing continues to be available, in terms of port access and dry dock space.”

Mr Skeggs stressed Fiji has grown steadily over the years with a lot of facilities put in place to support the industry.

“We are constantly trying to increase the standards that we can supply here in Fiji like the berthing we got is not just in Denarau but there are others around Fiji,” he said.

“Our industry is growing. Last year we had about 780 yachts. We had 54 super yachts and this has grown from the past six or seven years ago where we have our average around 26 super yachts coming through – so that’s growing.”

Mr Skeggs said it was just the numbers which were encouraging rather the whole package in terms of accommodation and their spend here.

He added there are a lot of synergies between Fiji and New Zealand which is important that they do work together especially now and long term where repair and maintenance can be done out here.

Edited by: RACHNA LAL

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