Several Vanuatu-based yachting industry stakeholders and professionals came together in June with a common ideal to jointly promote Vanuatu as a significant up-and-coming superyacht destination. This has led to the formation of the Vanuatu Yacht and Superyacht Association (VYSA), the region’s first professional superyacht industry association, to improve and develop all aspects of the yacht and superyacht Industry in Vanuatu.

Created on 17 June 2014, founding members of the VYSA include Yachting World Marina and Yachting Services, the Port Vila Boatyard, Marine Surveyors and Consultants Vanuatu, Southern Cross Creations, Asanvari Bay Yacht Club and Vanuatu Superyacht Support.

In an initial mission statement, the association states its aim to promote and provide a united industry voice for the yachting segment of Vanuatu’s tourism industry. “This communication platform serves to greatly improve communication between public and private sectors, to enhance the efficiency of all departments and businesses and thereby improving outcomes for all concerned,” says secretary Claire Barkhuizen.


Marina at  Port Vila, Vanuatu

“The VYSA serves to foster relationships of all Vanuatu’s yacht and superyacht industry service providers and stakeholders,” she adds. “This means contributing member local businesses and stakeholders are encouraged to work in unison to promote one another in a positive way which in turn will improve the development and image of a sustainable yachting industry for the country.”

In addition to this, the VYSA is also stating its dedication to ensure that all it’s members adhere to the association’s professional code of conduct and ethics. The association, which is supported by Vanuatu’s Department of Tourism, will also ensure all its members adhere to the minimum standards enforceable by the department of tourism through the National Tourism Standards committee, to which a member of the VYSA is represented.

VYSA is open to receive members who have a special stake in Vanuatu’s yacht and superyacht industry or wish to contribute positively to the sustainable and cooperative development of Vanuatu’s yacht and superyacht tourism industry.

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