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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OPENS THE GREAT BARRIER REEF TO SUPERYACHTS

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Australia is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary cruising destinations. For years superyachts have been prohibited from heading south to the stunning Whitsundays due to vessel regulations — now with 21 anchorages being created for superyachts less than 230-feet (70m), superyachts and their guests will be able to enjoy some of the most spectacular parts of the reef, where they will have their choice of secluded islands to call their own for the day.

In a recent study conducted by Superyacht Australia, it was found that in the 2016 fiscal year the marine industry contributed a total of $1.97 billion to gross domestic product (GDP). Paul Darrouzet, owner of Abel Point Marina comments, “The increased access for superyacht anchorages in the Whitsundays is a huge boost for the local economy and the superyacht industry across Australia.”

This reform of the Whitsundays Plan of Management comes with economic growth in mind. According to M. Edwards CEO Superyacht Australia, “The Turnbull government has read the Superyacht industry economic impact study and understands the value of the jobs and economic benefits of this sector to Australia, regional Australia in particular. This small move in regulations will greatly impact regional economies who can now finally look to see greater utilization of marina and refit facilities and the enormous spend with local businesses that comes with this.”

This amendment will allow Northrop & Johnson’s charter brokers and managers to create exciting new cruising itineraries that highlight the splendor of the Whitsundays for charter yachts ranging in size from 35m to 70m.

For more information on an Australian yacht charter, contact N&J Gold Coast office. 

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