Riviera has been named Exporter of the Year for 2020 in the annual Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) awards held on the Gold Coast.
The honour was bestowed on Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht manufacturer at a gala event hosted by AIMEX at the Southport Yacht Club. The award recognised Riviera’s 40 years of evolution during which the company has launched more than 5650 motor yachts.
Since shipping its first boat to the United States in 1983, Riviera has exported more than 3000 motor yachts to five continents. Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst proudly accepted the Exporter of the Year award on behalf of the company’s 600-strong team working on site at Riviera’s Gold Coast manufacturing facility as well as its global network of dealer representatives.
“In this, our 40th year, we are equally proud and humbled by the popularity of our motor yachts around the world,” said Mr Longhurst.
“Our strength is founded not only in the world-class quality of manufacturing and the superb finishes of every Riviera motor yacht, but through our close relationship with yacht owners and dealer representatives.”
In 2019, Riviera made its largest single overseas shipment of new motor yachts in 10 years with seven loaded on a single ship headed for the US. This year, Riviera has recorded its largest forward booking for exports in four decades, supported by the release of new models – the 505 SUV, 64 Sports Motor Yacht and the 50 Sports Motor Yacht.
Riviera apprentice Bailey Sivyer was also honoured as a finalist in the inaugural AIMEX Apprentice of the Year category. The award recognises and honours young marine apprentices for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Australian marine industry.