Inaugural Superyacht Festival to put Sydney back on global tourism map

The inaugural Sydney Superyacht Festival is set to open on January 1 to coincide with the Sydney to Hobart yachts sailing out.

The six-day event is being developed by Marine Lifestyles and supported by Superyacht Australia and hotelier Dr Jerry Schwartz. Marine Lifestyles was established by Grant Dwyer and Stephen Hennessy.

“I envisioned a Monaco style annual luxury boating event flowing on from the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks, showcasing the beauty of Sydney Harbour to the world,” said Dwyer.

“The longer-term goal is to have Australian and international businesses, organisations and luxury brands hosting functions on VIP charter boat or at distinctive harbour venue functions for companies, clients and guests, while enjoying the Sydney Superyacht festivities.

“We are thankful for the support of Sydney hotelier and passionate supporter of local tourism, Dr Jerry Schwartz, who is involving Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney Brewery and Sydney Seaplanes in the festival.”

Schwartz said now was a crucial period for reviving Sydney’s tourism industry after almost two years of closed international and interstate borders.

“With Sydney Harbour regularly regarded as the world’s finest harbour, we thought it imperative to create a Festival that puts the destination back on the world tourism map,” he said.

“High-end festivals over the summer season can fill what is a traditionally quiet time for the city’s tourism sector, while highlighting Sydney as a premium destination. It’s a perfect vehicle for extending domestic and international tourists’ stays in Sydney after New Year’s Eve fireworks and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.”