With Australia and New Zealand opening up quarantine-free air travel, the reduced restrictions are also having a positive impact for the yachting industry.
As the Australian Government explains, “All travelers who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days can travel by air between Australia and New Zealand quarantine free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption.”
Superyachts and yachts have also been granted access to travel within the trans-tasman area and enter both Queensland and New South Wales, exempt of quarantine.
Considering Australia and New Zealand have imposed some of the world’s strictest Covid-19 regulations, the news is a welcome relief and a positive indication for what we can expect to see more of.
Exempt from quarantine, travelers onboard yachts and superyachts will save two weeks’ worth of expenses that would have otherwise been spent on hotels, not to mention avoiding what many have described as an intense and difficult experience.
With an anticipated 120 vehicles set to attend America’s Cup, the pandemic seriously disrupted these figures. Consequently, only 20 superyachts were able to attend the cup this year in New Zealand. Whilst the result was a financial setback, the industry continues to remain strong and prosperous with a growing market in both Australia and New Zealand.
Considering the superyachting industry significantly supports economies both locally and internationally, the new freedom for the trans-tasman bubble will only further this growth.
As the CEO of Superyacht Australia, David Good confirms, “Each vessel injects millions of dollars of economic contribution through the extensive use of contractors and tradesmen whenever they are in a port or marina.”
“Australian shipyards are some of the best in the world. So it will be great to see these yachts making use of our skilled marine trades and shipyards. Which will keep these vessels in the region for longer.” As Australia and New Zealand continue to release restrictions thanks to their low covid cases and geographic isolation, it’s likely that these countries will continue to attract global interest.