The booming Asia Pacific sector has prompted Hill Robinson to open its first office in the Southern Hemisphere on Australia's spectacular Gold Coast. The region (in Queensland's southeast corner) has always been Australia's favourite playground and a magnet for tourists with 300 days of sunshine a year, an exciting calendar of events, incredible natural assets and world-class superyacht facilities.
The new office is perfectly positioned to service the region located at the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) in the city's thriving 250-hectare marine precinct. GCCM is the largest refit and repair facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere and indeed, one of the largest in the world. The combination of great service facilities and high-quality marine trades in the precinct made it the natural fit for the Hill Robinson brand.
The new office complements existing offices in Europe: Antibes, Monaco, La Spezia, Palma, Cyprus; Isle of Man and Wales in the UK: the Middle East, in Jeddah; and the USA, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.
The office is headed up by Director Donna Murray who has a full range of experience of all facets of yacht management gained in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. Donna is also a Global Recruitment Manager for Hill Robinson overseeing the expanding HRCrew division which now includes 4 offices worldwide.
"Having lived and worked in Europe and the Middle East, I am very excited to see the continuing growth and exploration of the yachting industry in the Asia Pacific region which has so much to offer. I am very proud to have established our new office at GCCM joined by Lisa Ricourt and look forward to bringing the global expertise and resources of Hill Robinson down under," said Donna Murray.
"Hill Robinson are global leaders in yacht management, and we are delighted that they can see the growing strength of the South Pacific region as an emerging superyacht hotspot. We are proud that they have recognised the world-class facilities and services at GCCM and chosen to open their official Australian headquarters here onsite," said GCCM CEO Trenton Gay.
Hill Robinson and GCCM both share a strong customer focus and aim to bring the best of the Australian marine industry together in order to make the experience of purchasing, building, owning and running a yacht an enjoyable experience – that's what yachting is all about! Hill Robinson's extensive market-leading expertise and range of services mean they can provide clients in the region with a tailor-made yacht management solution safe in the knowledge of having global coverage and support.
As Silver Sponsor of forthcoming Australian Superyacht Rendevous in May – as well as ASMEX Conference and Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – Donna and her team look forward to introducing Hill Robinson to the Asia Pacific market and developing new relationships.
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