Riviera Rides the Wave of Prosperity

Riviera’s 300 strong master craftsman and staff have seen the fruits of their labours over the past 10 days with Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder winning a prestigious marine industry award, the announcement that Rivera has made a substantial investment in Australia’s manufacturing future, receiving an overwhelming positive response from luxury powerboat enthusiasts and recording significant new boat sales at the Festival of Boating held at Riviera’s Gold Coast headquarters.

On the back of winning the esteemed 2013 Australian Marine Industry Large Exporter Award, Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst announced that his family will purchase Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The announcement came on day two of the second annual Festival of Boating, which proved to be hugely successful for Riviera and Belize with registrations for the 83 individual educational and social events up by more than 50 per cent on the previous year with a total of over 2000 registrations across the four day festival, the world release of the new 565 SUV, and the full interior display of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge, gave Riviera plenty of reasons to celebrate at the Friday night Cocktail Party and Saturday night Gala Dinner which were well attended with 250 and 350 Riviera enthusiasts respectively at each event.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the Riviera Festival of Boating was a tremendous success.

“I commend our dedicated staff on the huge effort they put into making the Festival the success it is today and our Riviera owners from around Australia and overseas unanimously agree that the Festival is truly a unique experience,” Mr Longhurst said.

“Receiving the award for Best Marine Industry Export Performance – Large Exporter at the 2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Export Awards is a very gratifying reward for our 300 strong master boat builders and dedicated staff who have rallied behind Riviera to allow us to continue to grow in challenging times. I would like to publicly thank and praise our entire team for their commitment and resolve.

“This is the best result we have had at a boat show in six years with more than 14 new boat sales totalling in excess of AUD$21 million, including multiple sales of the 53 Enclosed Flybridge, 5000 and 5800 Sport Yachts, the newly released SUV models, and four deposits for the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge which will have its world release at the Sydney International Boat Show in August.” 

Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the past 10 days had been an incredibly positive time for Riviera.

“The excitement that was at the Festival and Gala Dinner was reminiscent of Riviera in the times when we were building around 400 boats a year,” Mr Moxey said.

“Our owners are just as proud as we are to be a part of the Riviera Festival of Boating and we were pleased this year to have the opportunity to showcase our world class facilities to many new visitors.

“The Riviera Festival of Boating would not be possible without the loyalty, dedication, and passionate Riviera team. It was a true team effort that involved every aspect of the business and I commend our designers, new product development team, engineers, boat builders, and corporate staff for going above and beyond over the four day Festival and in the weeks leading up to this momentous occasion.”

The dates for the 2014 Riviera Festival of Boating have been released and an expanded program will be announced later this year for the four days of the Festival from 22 to 25 May, 2014. The Festival of Boating is a registration only event for Riviera owners and luxury powerboat enthusiasts. 

To register your interest in receiving a pre release event program for the 2014 Riviera Festival of Boating, contact info@riviera.com.au

Riviera offers 15 different models from 36 to 75 feet across three model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht and the new SUV collection.

In 2012 Riviera celebrated the launch of its 5000th boat, the 445 SUV, a significant achievement in the company’s rich 32-year history.

Riviera also offers the bespoke Belize Motoryachts. Inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, Belize Motoryachts has recently released the new 52 foot Sedan and Daybridge models. 

For more information, please go to www.rivieraaustralia.com