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February 2021

Dear APSA Members and Friends

Kung Hei Fat Choy for the areas of our association that celebrate Chinese New Year.

Jan Maarten Boissevain, Sales Director of Sevenstar Yacht Transport is one of APSA’s founding members of APSA and the company strongly believes that there is a need to keep informing clients about the world’s fantastic cruising grounds now and in the future.

The 21st Benetti Yachtmaster, organised in phygital format on February 18 and 19, was a huge success, with over 250 people, of which 125 captains, connected from all over the world to follow a rich programme of meetings, workshops, analysis and the virtual trade show, the online space where event partners showcased their products.

Simpson Marine are pleased to announce the launch of the second Sanlorenzo44Alloy has been sold to an Asian buyer. On completion the yacht will be shipped to Asia and Simpson Marine looks forward to seeing her cruising in the region later this year.

Indonesia was recognised as an exceedingly attractive Asia-Pacific cruising destination until the country shut down borders due to Covid-19.  Now there’s good news for travellers as Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Indonesia announces borders opening and “Entry to Indonesia for Foreign Nationals”.

Five leading marinas stretching from Sydney to the Gold Coast have collaborated to form the East Coast Luxury Aquatic Travellers Club or E.C.L.A.T.

SIA, SilkAir and Scoot customers can transit through Singapore Changi Airport from approved cities to destinations in the SIA Group network currently operated by SIA, SilkAir or Scoot.

Over 2,000 miles southwest of Hawaii, Beran Island might not be the easiest place to access, but that’s the point. In celebration of Bitcoin hitting an all-time high Beran Island can be booked in cryptocurrency.

A pioneer in providing luxury cruise experiences in Sri Lanka, Sai Lanka began its latest venture and has launched operations in Colombo Port City.

Global Marine Business Advisors (GMBA) a group of marine industry personalities strategically located around the globe, have celebrated their first anniversary, and reflect on the past 12 months of providing their knowledge, expertise and contacts to various businesses and industry bodies across the globe.


At a meeting in Bangkok yesterday evening chaired by the new Minister of Finance, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, and attended by officials from both the Customs and Revenue departments, it was finally confirmed that foreign-flagged visiting superyachts will from now on be welcome to spend the winter seasons in Thai waters and offer their yachts for charter there without having to pay VAT on the value of the vessel.

The Indonesian government is currently considering plans to do away with the tax in an effort to boost the country's tourism trade, Indonesia Investments reports.

Straight Talk With Superyacht Owners: Tuesday, 23 March, 2021

As the Vice President of the U.S. Superyacht Association, Diane M. Byrne of is inviting all APSA members to attend--virtually--a panel discussion featuring superyacht owners.

Five reasons to charter in South East Asia

South East Asia is a region of magnificent wildernesses, abundant biodiversity and myriad ways to fill your time, all of which make it a prime destination for luxury yacht charters. What's on offer here can't be found anywhere else in the world, so whether you're considering your first holiday on the water or are a seasoned yacht charter enthusiast, can assist.

Where do the opportunities and challenges for the superyacht market exist across the Pacific? How can the industry evolve to become truly global?

Travel Cue was featured in Amadeus' latest research report: "Playing To Your Strengths".  "In simple terms, Travel Cue has segmented customers to a level where we deliver travel solutions that are completely aligned to the vertical they operate in.

Sanlorenzo Asia division represented by Simpson Marine is excited to announce the sale of the SX range flagship, Sanlorenzo SX112  into Hong Kong with delivery scheduled for Summer 2021.