Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Returns in Force
This week, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show returns to Australia’s Gold Coast, with the country’s headline marine event set to be bigger than ever.
Now in its 34th year, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) attracts more than 45,000 attendees across four days of action at Sanctuary Cove Marina. With over 300 exhibitors, 600 boats and 1,000 marine products, SCIBS is firmly Australia’s largest and most popular yachting event in the calendar.
There will be plenty of high-quality yachts for guests to peruse, both for sale and charter. Gold Coast-based Yachtsmen International has its largest display at the Show, including 33-metre Kingship PLEIADES II and 78’ Lazzarra Yachts LA MAR. With a fine selection of both brokerage and charter listings, Yachtsmen International has taken a large area on Sanctuary Cove’s brand-new C arm.
Manufacturers Horizon Yachts, Princess Yachts and Riviera Yachts have all gone all out with their line-ups at the show this year, promising plenty of attractions for buyers and reflecting the strong performance of the Australian market of recent years.
This year is Horizon Yachts will have its largest showcase ever at SCIBS, with eight yachts on display including debuts for the V74 and RP125 motoryachts.
Riviera Australia is set to assemble a line-up valuing over $30 million AUD, with a combined 617 feet in length. “This tremendous showcase at Sanctuary Cove will be Riviera’s only boat display in Australia for 2023 and will feature selected models from our 39 to 78 feet range,” said Riviera owner, Rodney Longhurst.
The event will also provide a launchpad for an array of international marine brands to be showcased in Australia, with the return of international exhibitors after three years of travel restrictions and supply issues.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming so many international friends to SCIBS in 2023,” said Johan Hasser, Mulpha Events General Manager. “From exhibitors we haven’t seen in a few years, to new exhibitors we are hosting for the first time, and of course our visitors from all over the world who have been dreaming about returning to SCIBS for the past three years.
“All indications are that 2023 will see us return to a very high representation of international guests and exhibitors.”
A recent study by Griffith University found that SCIBS 2021 had a direct economic impact to the Gold Coast of almost half a billion dollars (AUD), encompassing both tourism and commercial.
A major event for the local economy and Australian yachting industry, the 34th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will have a particular focus on luxury experiences, with the return of the Lagoon Lounge VIP precinct.
"We are thrilled to be welcoming so many international friends to SCIBS in 2023"