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BOOK YOUR STAND AT EARLY BIRD RATES BEFORE 1 MARCH! THE WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE EQUIPMENT TRADE SHOW The Marina & Yard Pavilion, one of the three specialised pavilions of METSTRADE, brings together the world’s largest concentration of exhibitors from the marina & yard industry. It has become the first port of call for marina professionals from around the world. 19 20 21 NOVEMBER 2019 RAI AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS METSTRADE FEATURES ORGANISED BY POWERED BY MEMBER OF OFFICIAL METSTRADE MAGAZINE OFFICIAL SYP MAGAZINE OFFICIAL MYP MAGAZINE

SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Plans for Sandy Ground, a narrow peninsula with a seafront beach, propose to transform a salt flat into a megayacht marina. derived from yacht berthing, service, fuel, provisioning, maintenance and sales. The feasibility study also built broad support for development of megayacht marinas from the local community by considering less obvious positive impacts including educational partnerships to build capacity to service the megayacht industry, environmental restoration of marina sites and consideration of long term environmental risks such as a response to sea level rise. Lastly, the projects also provide a substantial real estate opportunity for waterfront single family home sites with boat houses, condominiums and hotels. Exploring megayacht tourism in Anguilla by Gregory Weykamp Anguilla, the northernmost of the Leeward Islands along the eastern edge of the Caribbean, is a beautiful island nation of just 15,000 residents. Known for its quiet and peaceful beaches, friendly locals, and a distinct lack of American style franchise chains that clutter so many other Caribbean islands, Anguilla has made a conscious effort to focus its efforts on protecting the authentic character of the island by concentrating on serving a smaller number of tourists, but at a much higher level of service. Rather than compete for the mass market cruise ship industry, which could easily overwhelm the natural resources and culture of the island, Anguilla has set its sights on providing a new destination for the hundreds of super and mega yachts that cruise the Caribbean. Located just 12.8km (8mi) north of Saint Martin, Anguilla is a very desirable alternative to the more crowded beaches and cruise ports for those looking for a different experience. While large yachts regularly visit the waters around Anguilla, there are currently no dedicated facilities for berthing private yachts of any size anywhere on the island. Visiting yachts must anchor offshore or utilise one of the very few mooring fields and use their tenders to visit the island or provision the yacht. While there are many high end five star resorts on the island, previous attempts to date to create a marina capable of serving yachts in excess of 100m (328ft) have yet to succeed. In many cases, land ownership and entitlement process were difficult and hindered the opportunity for a project to move forward. In an effort to address those concerns, the Government of Anguilla recently commissioned Edgewater Resources, LLC to complete a megayacht feasibility study for the entire country, with the intent of documenting demand for megayacht facilities, identifying the best potential sites for megayacht marina development, and engaging local residents to establish plans that protect the character of Anguilla that attracts visitors, while building local support for the projects. The obvious benefits of megayacht tourism for Anguilla include significant positive economic impacts for the overall economy, including direct and indirect job creation and related economic impact. These impacts are Establishing the megayacht marina industry in Anguilla will require the development of a broader base of skilled workers capable of servicing the marina clientele, including the full range of hospitality sector workers that will come from the existing highly qualified pool of service staff currently working in the numerous five star resorts on the island. This will increase demand for hotel and restaurant service staff, as well as musicians, artists and entertainers, creating more opportunities for local business to thrive and expand. Newer categories of services that will require educational partnerships Megayacht migration in the Caribbean. www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2019 21

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