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Gulf firms invited to develop $2bn Tahiti project

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French Polynesia has sought expressions of interest from firms in the Middle East about developing a hospitality project in Tahiti, estimated to cost between $1-2bn. The overseas collectivity is implementing a policy to revitalise tourism in the island, which in the first instance, has lead to the formation of the Tahiti Mahana Beach Project in Punaauia. The […]

South Korea Invests in Superyacht R&D

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Despite being a leader in the building of large ships and a front-runner in the information technology sector, South Korea plays little part in the large leisure yachts industry. That is set to change following the announcement that the government there, is to invest around US$20 million over the next five years. The funds will […]

134m M.Y. Serene Arrives in Auckland

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One of the world’s biggest superyachts, the 134-metre Serene, arrived in Auckland in the early morning of January 20 to the surprise and delight of early bird wharf strollers.

The vessel was built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri and delivered to owner Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Schefler in August 2011. Serene is longer than a rugby field and the largest such vessel ever to visit New Zealand.

Russian superyacht Serene in New Zealand

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The firm providing support for the giant Russian-owned vessel Serene says superyacht tourism is booming. Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ has been in business for 12 years and its founding director, Jeanette Tobin, says “word is out” about what New Zealand had to offer.

New E-Visa on arrival for superyachts to Andamans

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A new E-Visa on arrival is now available at nine different airports in India. The new system comes from the Government of India in an attempt to welcome an increased number of tourists to the country and heighten interest from the superyacht industry in cruising India’s Andaman Islands. Part of India, the Andaman and Nicobar […]