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Riviera ends year on high note


Australian builder Riviera said it delivered more than 100 new boats in 2019. The company told the Newcastle Herald that it also exhibited at 35 boat shows around the world, including FLIBS, Miami, Palm Beach and Cannes, as well as smaller shows in Thailand, San Diego, Vancouver, New England, Japan, Auckland and Barcelona.

Riviera said it appointed new reps in New York, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It also reported growth in Asia, with new yachts delivered to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

The builder said that it has more than 600 workers, with 70 apprentices. It will increase its apprentice base by more than 10 percent next year.

Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst addressed workers in a year-end celebration. “Why are Riviera yachts in such demand?” Longhurst asked. “We have a special culture here that all of you have created, together. All of you work as a united team. You have a real commitment to excellence, and you work with us to nurture future champions in our team and to create the finest motoryachts we can.”

Longhurst said the culture “is what makes Riviera,” adding “and it allows our owners to have the time of their lives aboard our yachts.”


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