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24th International Superyacht Society Awards for Design & Leadership Gala

“Tahitian Flair” was in the air on 29th October at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. For the first time, the Islands of Tahiti were brought to a fine audience of 400 industry professionals during the signature event kicking off the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Nine representatives / professionals of the destination had come for the event as well as the famous award-winning Nonosina dancers and musicians who performed on several occasions throughout the night. Six industry “Ambassadors” who were previously invited to Tahiti attended the event as well to spread the word about the destination. It was an opportunity for the attendees to discover French Polynesia and discuss the assets of the destination for superyachts and their guests while enjoying the outdoor cocktail and buffet dinner by the canal and listening to Tahitian music.

During the awards ceremony, Tahiti Tourism’s CEO Paul Sloan confirmed Tahiti’s commitment to welcome more superyachts but also the importance of ocean conservation and the interest of the ISS over the years for the destination. Captain Michael Schueler, who was once based in Tahiti on a 60 meter charter motor yacht for a couple of years, made a beautiful speech of his unforgettable memories of cruising the 118 islands of the country, of his encounters with friendly islanders and their rich and vibrant culture and of his love for the underwater world. Two films were played during the night providing the attendees with a first hand experience of the destination. The event was the perfect way to network with key people and discuss with a few interested captains who discovered that Tahiti should be next on their owner’s list.