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WE DESIGN AND BUILD MARINAS THAT MEET UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS Regeneration of Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru, Croatia WWW.MARINETEK.NET

Marina World HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 F: +44 (0) 1621 855 867 Email: carolfulford@marinaworld.co.uk Special Correspondent Charlotte Niemiec Email: charlotte@marinaworld.co.uk Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621 855 890 F: +44 (0) 1621 855 867 Email: juliahallam@marinaworld.co.uk Accounts Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 Email: accounts@marinaworld.co.uk Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 Email: adstudio@marinaworld.co.uk NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 Email: pcritot@marinaworld.com FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais PARIS RAI, 67 avenue André Morizet, 92100 Boulogne, France T: +33 1 46 10 47 50 F: +33 1 46 10 47 51 Email: c.metais@parisrai.com ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 Email: genova@ediconsult.com CHINESE OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Simon Ding Bridge International Holding, Rm. 401, Building A, No. 55 Jinyu Road, Minhang District. 201103 Shanghai, China T: +86 21 33231328 F: +86 21 33231366 Email: simon@chcbiz.com Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bi-monthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. The 2016 US annual subscription price is 0. Airfreight and mailing in the USA by agent named Air Business Ltd, c/o Worldnet Shipping Inc., 156-15 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Periodicals postage paid in Jamaica NY 11431. US Postmaster: Please send address changes to MARINA WORLD, c/o Worldnet Shipping, Inc., 156-15, 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Subscription records are maintained at Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. Air Business Ltd acts as Loud & Clear Publishing’s mailing agent. Marina World is available on subscription at the following cost: 1 year (6 issues) - £80.00 Sterling (0) 2 years (12 issues) - £140.00 Sterling (0) No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, the copyright owners. Upon application, permission may be freely granted to copy abstracts of articles on condition that a full reference to the source is given. Printed in the UK by Stephens & George © 2016 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. A passion for boating Carol Fulford Editor FROM THE EDITOR I was delighted to make a visit to Montenegro and Croatia in late June to see the new site for the exclusive Portonovi marina resort (more on this in the November/December issue), to visit stunning Porto Montenegro and walk the docks of ACI’s newest facility, Slano Marina in Croatia (see p.43). Porto Montenegro put Montenegro on the map for nautical tourism and Portonovi will complement this achievement when it opens in 2017. Secure, scenic berths for vessels of varying lengths are gradually becoming easier to find in the Adriatic but more are needed and this region is set to become one of tempered but noticeable growth. The Adriatic Croatia International Club (ACI) features as our cover story for this issue as much for its recent and ongoing achievements as for the extraordinary and visionary effort and thinking behind its establishment in 1983 in an anti-capitalist Yugoslavia where overseas visitors and private enterprise were treated with suspicion and hostility. Success despite the odds was down to geographical location and the fundamental enthusiasm of the country’s yachtsmen. Yugoslavian boating culture was to be the key to the future of its marinas, an asset that many would-be developers looking to establish marina infrastructure in China and parts of Southeast Asia, for example, have missed to their cost. Although selling the concept of marinas was still a tough sell, enthusiastic sailors ran full pelt with the idea in Yugoslavia, armed with a passion for boating and an awareness of the economic benefits marinas and nautical tourism would bring. The result was construction of 16 marinas in just 18 months. More marinas opened and ACI created an enviable marina chain and business model that enjoyed a strong heyday until Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 and the subsequent war fractured the country and threatened ACI’s survival. Read more on p. 36. Croatia enjoys a strategic geographical position at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe and the Mediterranean and has over 1,000 islands off its Adriatic coastline. Tourism - nautical and otherwise – is a major contributor to its GDP and is on the increase. Today, after a turbulent history, ACI, with its 22 marinas, controls around 30% of the country’s berths, and its background is pure inspiration for any would-be marina developers in emerging markets. www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2016 5

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