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ICOMIA conference benefits from RAI partnership


T


he ICOMIA World Marinas Conference took place at Istanbul’s Swissôtel The Bosphorous, which is on


the European side of the waterway separating the Continent from Asia, from 2-4 June and delivered a two-day programme of plenary sessions and breakout sessions when delegates could attend presentations of their choice. On the third day, delegates were offered the opportunity to set sail on a tour of local marinas sponsored by Turkey’s Setur Marinas. Hosted by the Turkish Marine


Industry Association (DENTUR), the 8th event in the series took as its theme ‘Marinas into the Future’ and was the first to be organised in partnership with Amsterdam RAI, which features a Marina Pavilion in its annual Marine Equipment Trade Show


leading the way in the construction of new marinas. One of the sessions on the first


(METS). The conference undoubtedly benefitted from the involvement of the Dutch organisation, which was apparent in the faultless timing of the conference sessions and the well- planned exhibition area for marina equipment suppliers. A warm welcome was extended


to the 225 delegates by Alpaslan Sirkecioğlu of DENTUR and Cemalettin ğevli, General Director of the Turkish Maritime and Inland Waters Directorate. They highlighted the promising marina environment in Turkey, which currently


has some 15,000 berths and plans to double this number. The opening ceremony also


featured ICOMIA Secretary-General Tony Rice and Roberto Perocchio, Chairman of the ICOMIA Marinas Group. They provided an insight into the latest trends and developments in the marina industry, reporting a slow but steady growth in the number of available berths worldwide. An increase of 114,000 berths (5%) is expected over the coming decade, with Russia, China and South Korea


METS floor space at 90% capacity


With over 90% of the exhibition floor space already booked and a larger Marina Pavilion than ever, the countdown to METS 2014 is well and truly underway. The cautious air of optimism in the global economy will clearly be felt at the RAI in Amsterdam from 18- 20 November as the great and the good of the world’s marine sector gather to do business and look forward together. The worldwide recession has


undoubtedly made its mark on the marine industry over the past few years. Political instability and


financial uncertainty have had a major effect on consumer spending in an industry perceived as a luxury when times are hard. However, having reached the bottom in mid- 2013, a fresh wind has been blowing as the global economy stabilises and starts to grow. “There are encouraging signs


as we see the US maritime market making a recovery and a more upbeat vibe in Europe,” comments Amsterdam RAI’s maritime domain manager Irene Dros. “METS has stood firm throughout the recession, consistently growing in


Festival in St Katharine Docks


Located adjacent to Tower Bridge in central London, St Katharine Docks is hosting its annual event, the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival, from 11 am to 6 pm during the weekend of 13-14 September.


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A collection of vessels, including Dunkirk Little Ships, Thames sailing barges, steam tugs, Bermudian sloops and wooden river cruisers, were on display in previous years and the popular event is certain to be another exciting showcase of


both stature and visitors/exhibitor numbers. Now, as we enter a new phase, METS will continue to be the anchor place of choice for the leisure marine sector worldwide.” This forecast is well-founded if


the latest sales figures for METS 2014 are anything to go by. Some ninety percent of the floor space has already been booked with over five months to go before the event opens its doors. And there will be at least 18 country pavilions as different nations create their own distinctive area at the show under the auspices of ICOMIA.


historic and classic sail and power vessels. Several vessels will be open for guided tours within the central marina and there will also be various dockside attractions. The 6th annual St Katharine


Docks Classic Boat Festival is one of a number of artistic, cultural and river events taking place during September for the ‘Totally Thames’


day was entitled ‘Investigating the current state of the global marina industry’. This showcased the fact that the US market is starting to grow as the global recession comes to an end and there is a renewed demand for new boats, especially small and fast ones. This trend is also expected to be replicated in Europe while the market for yachts of more than 25 metres is growing worldwide. Since the first event in 1993, the


ICOMIA marinas conference has taken place every three years, but that now changes and the next event will be hosted by the Brazilian Marine Industry Association (ACOBAR) in co-operation with Amsterdam RAI at Rio de Janeiro in April, 2016.


At its core, the success of


METS over the past 27 years can be attributed to the way it has stayed focused on the B2B matter at hand - the construction and maintenance of boats and yachts. The recent addition of the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) proved once again how the METS organisers have their finger on the pulse of the industry they serve. Dedicated to all kinds of equipment for marinas and boatyards, the MYP is becoming increasingly established and growing into a genuine global marina hub. At METS 2014 the pavilion will be the largest to date with more exhibitors already registered at this stage than attended last year’s event.


celebration presented by the Thames Festival Trust throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London. A free, regular water taxi service


will be running between the Festival and St Katharine’s Pier provided by St Katharine Docks in association with Crown River Cruises.


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