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MARINA EVENTS ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) 2018 An opportunity not to be missed Athens: 25 th -27 th October IWMC 2018, jointly organised by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Marinas Group and the Greek Marinas Association, will be a richly rewarding event, delivering up-to-the-minute views on the state of the industry. Over 400 delegates are expected to take part in the three-day event, which includes a day touring some of the best local marinas. Attendees will interact and openly debate with around 40 speakers who will deliver insights and updates on a variety of pertinent topics. The event opens with a look back in time as Professor Theodosis Tassios sets the Athenian stage with a ‘Navigating through History’ presentation. After ‘Sailing in the time of Ulysses’ delegates can sail in 2018 – through marinas in North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, MENA and Russia. Highly qualified speakers will give updates on each market and discuss major issues and challenges. Moving on to ‘New Ideas – Trends and Developments’, the audience will be introduced to Dr Donald Sadoway who will deliver a keynote address on ‘Electricity Storage by Molten Metal Batteries’, and additional panellists will share other technological updates. Boat ownership patterns are changing. This all-important topic, which also covers the international growth of superyacht charter and the effects boat ownership has on marina design and operations, will dominate discussions to round off Day 1. Day 2 – the middle day of the event – is devoted to networking, walking the docks and absorbing the ambience of four Greek facilities – Marina Vouliagmenis, Alimos Marina, Flisvos Marina and Zea Marina – on the IWMC Marina Tour. The hands-on theme of Greek marinas continues as the conference reconvenes on Day 3 as government ministers, industry association representatives and marina owners discuss how the country is developing and expanding its marina industry and examine the opportunities for foreign investors. ICOMIA will follow this up by presenting its latest policy papers, introducing its Environment Guide and exploring global issues affecting marinas, such as new international guidelines for marina design and ISO regulations for ports. The Day 3 keynote, ‘People First – Training in Marinas the Anthropocentric Flisvos Marina is one of four marinas to be visited on the IWMC Marina Tour. Way’ delivered by John Kalogerakis, sets the stage for a penultimate session on marina operations. Drystack technology and operations, and oil spill response are both featured topics. The event closes with a session on Marina Marketing and a preview of the 2020 plans for IWMC in New Zealand. IWMC 2018 will include social lunches and a special celebratory reception for delegates and partners on the first night. This will include a tour of the Acropolis Museum and the historic Zappeion Exhibition Hall and culminate in the official IWMC welcome dinner at one of the most prestigious bistros in the city. Stavros Katsikadis CMM, president of the host organiser Greek Marinas Association, warmly welcomes attendees to Greece. “I’m confident IWMC 2018 will be a high-performing, world class event. Delegates will benefit from quality content and the expertise of the exceptional international speakers IWMC attracts.” “Athens promises them an unforgettable experience.” Further information and delegate registration is available at www.worldmarinasconference.com Marina World is the Exclusive International Marina Media Partner for IWMC 2018. The conference will be held at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre, Athens. www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2018 33

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