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OCTOBER 2019

SHBT A FINALIST AT 2019 NSW TOURISM AWARDS

Sydney Harbour Boat Tours is a finalist for the ‘Best Tour Operator’ award at the annual NSW Tourism Awards to be held at the Four Seasons on November 14th.

“The NSW Tourism Awards are the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry, with a long history of recognising business excellence, innovation and outstanding customer service” NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright said.

OCTOBER 2019

FAMILS APLENTY IN SPRING

With daylight saving and Sydney’s warm Spring weather, SHBT has showcased its products to a range of trade partners in recent months including DNSW and TA staff plus visiting travel agents from the UK, USA, China, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

The company also hosted famils for several US social media influencers and a number of Sydney-based ITOs.

SEPTEMBER 2019

QANTAS PICKS SHBT IN SYDNEY’S TOP 3

Qantas has chosen Sydney Harbour Boat Tours, alongside iconic operators Bridge Climb and Let’s Go Surfing as Sydney’s best three tourism activities.

They form part of its global Qantas Passenger Perks program, which recommends ‘unreal’ experiences across Australia and offers special deals for its international passengers.

The campaign will run till June 2020 and be promoted by Qantas via its digital and Frequent Flyer channels.

SEPTEMBER 2019

CHINESE AGENTS EXPERIENCE BEACH TOURS

Sydney Harbour Boat Tours attended DNSW’s ‘Focus on Greater China’ in September to present its new products to over 50 travel buyers from China, HK and Taiwan.

“The China market is gradually shifting toward smaller groups and independent travel, so our private beach experiences and sunset cruises have been of great interest to the top end of this market” said Dalgleish.

AUGUST 2019

SHBT HITS US AGENTS IN LA

Sydney Harbour Boat Tours attended Marketplace USA in August, where owner Mark Dalgleish presented six new products to over 100 travel wholesalers and Premium Aussie Specialists.

“The response has been fantastic from some of the biggest buyers in the US, particularly for our new mid-market scheduled lunch tour with 3 beach stops, and the luxury private charter experiences to the national parks” said Dalgleish.

JULY 2019

SHBT PARTNERS WITH ‘ULTIMATELY SYDNEY’

SHBT has joined forces with land-based tour specialist Helen Fraser from Ultimately Sydney to create ‘Sydney’s Best Day Ever’ – the quintessential full day land & sea tour ($433pp).

Helen’s ‘Story of Sydney’ half day city & suburbs tour kicks off in the morning and drops guests at Campbells Cove in the Rocks, where they join SHBT’s ‘Secret Sydney Lunch Cruise’, for a waterside pub lunch and afternoon of exploring Sydney from the water.

JUNE 2019

NEW LUNCH CRUISE FROM CIRCULAR QUAY

SHBT has added 2 new tours to its award-winning portfolio for the coming season.  The company is launching a new 4 hour afternoon tour with lunch at the Watsons Bay Beach Club, plus guided stops to Quarantine Station and Sydney Harbour National Park beach for $285pp. It will also be operating a 2.5 hour morning tea cruise with 2 stops for $139pp.

All tours will now depart from Campbells Cove Pontoon near the Cruise Ship terminal.

MAY 2019

JAPANESE LOVE WATSONS BAY

SHBT met with over 30 Japanese travel agents at DNSW’s ‘Focus on Japan’ conference at the Maritime Museum in May, then took them to popular local drinking hole and waterside pub, the Watsons Bay Beach Club for lunch and a walk to the Gap.

The Beach Club now features on SHBT’s 4 hour afternoon ‘Secret Sydney Lunch Cruise’ with 3 guided stops and a boat cruise. The Japanese agents commented that their guests love picturesque Watson bay and the opportunity to sample typical Aussie pub food in a lively, local environment.

APRIL 2019

SHBT ATTENDS PERTH ATE

Father & daughter team and co-owners of SHBT, Mark & Elodie Dalgleish attended their first ATE (Australian Tourism Exchange) in April, presenting to over 110 travel agents, Inbound Tour Operators and journalists, over a grueling 4 days at the Perth Convention Centre.

“It’s a tough gig, speed-dating so many customers in ten minute sessions, but it’s Tourism Australia’s premier trade event of the year and a must for serious tourism operators, plus it’s fun to be working with my dad and learning the ropes.” said Elodie.

MARCH 2019

SHBT TACKLES THE INDIAN MARKET

SHBT is tapping into the growing Indian travel market by joining forces with DNSW to present to and host over 30 Indian travel agents while visiting Sydney for the DNSW ‘Focus on India’ conference at Centennial Park.

“The Indian market is experiencing the biggest growth of any of the Eastern markets this year and we need to prepare for the burgeoning growth in middle class Indian travellers to our shores in coming years”. said owner Mark Dalgleish.

FEBRUARY 2019

‘SPECTRE’ OFFICIAL CHASER BOAT FOR ORACLE

SHBT’s flagship cruiser SPECTRE has been chosen as Oracle’s official guest chaser boat for the inaugural SailGP yacht race, launching on Sydney Harbour on the 15th & 16th February 2019.

SailGP brings a new high speed, high tech dimension to sailing; designed for grand prix racing at iconic locations across the globe. An international league of six national teams from Australia, Great Britain, United States, France, China and Japan will race identical supercharged foiling F50 catamarans, capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier (nearly 100 kph).

FEBRUARY 2019

MILLIONAIRE TOUR FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR

SHBT, in partnership with leading Chinese ITO, Equity Travel is providing over 500 Chinese visitors with a unique, personalised harbour experience over Chinese New Year.

According to co-founder, Elodie Dalgleish, “Our Chinese guests are looking for new experiences on the water and have a deep fascination of where Sydney’s ‘rich & famous’ live and play”. Cheryl Zhong, Director of Equity Travel, commented “We are thrilled to see today’s Chinese travellers enjoy cruising Sydney Harbour from such an intimate angle brought out by Sydney Harbour Boat Tours.”

JANUARY 2019

SHBT WINS 2019 ‘BOAT TOUR OF THE YEAR’

For the second year running, SBHT’s flagship harbour experience ‘Icons, Bays & Beaches’ has won the international Travel & Hospitality Awards’ Boat Tour of the Year for the Oceania region.

Judges for the prestigious award examined online reviews & feedback, local and industry knowledge, marketing & diversity. “Once again we’re delighted to be recognised by our peers in the global travel and hospitality industry” said owner Mark Dalgleish.

DECEMBER 2018

SHBT HITS NYC, CHICAGO, & LA

In conjunction with DNSW’s international team, SHBT travelled to three US cities in 5 days to present to over 150 wholesale and retail travel agents and showcase SHBT’s growing product portfolio to some of North American market’s most influential buyers of Australian tourism products.

“It’s our first time to the US, but given the fact nearly 40% of our bookings already come from this market it was important to get over here and start to build relationships and promote our brand to the key influencers and buyers” said owner Mark Dalgleish.

NOVEMBER 2018

ECOTOURISM CERTIFICATION FOR SHBT

SHBT has become Sydney’s first boat tour operator to be recognised with EcoTourism certification for its ‘Icons, Bays & Beaches’ tour and private charters.

Ecotourism Australia measured a number of factors, including the company’s environmental policies and management, its work with the Little Penguin habitat at Sydney Harbour National Park and its partnership with plastic pollution campaigner Take3fortheSea. In awarding the certification, Ecotourism Australia commended the company.

NOVEMBER 2018

SHBT VISIT CHINA & KOREA

SHBT’s international business development team, consisting of owner Mark Dalgleish and colleagues Adam O’Neill and Jimmy Sun hit the skies in November, flying into Seoul in Korea and Xian in China, for a series of in-market travel agent roadshows, organised by DNSW.

“We met over 150 travel agents, wholesalers and online websites over a 10 day period, and having Jimmy and Adam being able to connect with the trade in their own language was an important factor in getting cut-through and demonstrating our commitment to these important markets” said Dalgleish.

SEPTEMBER 2018

LUXPERIENCE WELCOMES SHBT

Luxperience, held annually in Sydney at the ICC is one of the world travel market’s leading showcases of luxury hotels and experiences. It was also SHBT’s first trade event targeting premium travellers, and was a great success according to owner Mark Dalgleish “… our Spectre product fits perfectly into this niche, for discerning travellers looking for private, out of the box experiences”.

SHBT hosted a series of ‘famils’ on Spectre for travel agents during and after the event.

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Bio

All our tours include a personal guide with local insights and historical annecdotes about our vibrant ‘living and working’ harbour.

Sydney has the world’s largest natural harbour and second busiest port, so no visit is complete without a cruise on these magnificent waterways. But at Sydney Harbour Boat Tours we do things differently – we are the only boat tour company to land guests right on the beach! We are also the only operator to take guests on guided tours of Shark Island, colonial Quarantine Station and the Sydney Fish Market (largest in the southern hemisphere).

Our guests see all the classic Sydney sights from the water (Opera House, Harbour Bridge etc), but we also visit the lesser known places where only locals go, so our guests definitely have a thoroughly immersive experience and get their feet wet!

We’ve been taking visitors on the harbour for eight years and have built a reputation for providing unique, personalised adventures (with over 160 five star TripAdvisor reviews and the 2017 Certificate of Excellence).

In January 2018 we were awarded Oceania Boat Tour of the Year, at the international Travel & Hospitality Awards. We also added a European Sports Cruiser to our fleet, providing a new element of class, speed and style to our small-group private charter experiences.

So, whether it’s ticketed adventure tours or more luxurious private charter, we make sure our guests experience Sydney Harbour like a local.

Sydney Harbour Boat Tours | Mark and Elodie

Contact Information:

Mark Dalgleish | Managing Director | mark@sydneyharbourboattours.com | +61 418 196 160