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WORLD NEWS Planners join forces for Crocodile Bay COSTA RICA: Crocodile Bay Eco-Resort in the Osa Peninsula has joined forces with Sinergo Development Group to oversee the master planning and development of the first branded residential resort and marina in Costa Rica. The first phase of the project, The Sanctuary at Osa Peninsula, will cost around US million to build and will consist of 50 private branded residences, a 74 room luxury hotel and construction of one of the most environmentally sensitive full service marinas in Central America. Of the 115 slips being built, Crocodile Bay Marina will release 50 to boaters interested in owning a berth in what will be the closest international full service marina north of the Panama Canal. The marina village overlooking the gulf will feature a two-storey Tiki bar, market deli, yacht chandlery, concierge services and onsite tour office. The marina will have meeting facilities, guest laundry, private storage and a boat launching area complete with a 20 ton yacht crane. Sinergo is an internationally respected developer of hotels and resorts. It developed the 180-slip Marina Papagayo in the Papagayo Peninsula. Further Freedom options UK: MDL Marinas has added a further 20 marinas to its Freedom Berthing network, bringing the new total to over 90. The scheme gives berth holders complimentary berthing at designated marinas in France, Spain, Italy and the UK. The very latest technology is being employed to further enhance the Freedom Berthing experience, with all customers gaining access to the exclusive MyMDL online portal. MyMDL allows members to view all their benefits in one place and, in some cases, redeem them online using a smart phone, laptop, tablet or PC. This includes the innovative Berth Swap scheme, where customers can exchange their berth directly with a Freedom Berthing member in another MDL marina with just a few simple clicks. Dean Smith, operations and marketing director at MDL Marinas, commented: “The team has worked hard to increase the benefits offered and the number of marinas our customers can freely cruise, and we have been delighted to see so many berth holders cruising these marinas last season. We are now looking forward to what the new season will bring and ensuring we continue to maximise and expand the benefits offered to our customers.” Highest attendance at 13th IMBC USA: The thirteenth annual International Marina & Boatyard Conference, held in January this year in Tampa, Florida, enjoyed a 15% rise in attendance over 2014. According to IMBC organisers, Association of Marina Industries (AMI), this made it the most successful show to date. “We are excited about this year’s growth and delighted to have so many marina and boatyard colleagues attend the event,” said AMI chairman Jeff Rose CMM. “It’s also clear to me the economy is continuing to rebound and that IMBC is the place for continuing education, meeting with industry suppliers and networking with other marina professionals.” The associated IMBC exhibition featured over 130 booths and was the venue for a Gasparilla-themed opening reception. Acclaimed author Jim Hunter delivered a well received opening keynote discussing the rapidly emerging concept of “servant leadership” and speaker and coach David McNair delivered a second keynote, “Unleash the Unexpected”, aimed at encouraging a more distinctive level of customer/co-worker experience. Further keynotes, seminars and workshops continued throughout the event. IMBC 2016 (27th-29th January) will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. EXPERIENCE INTEGRITY PASSION VISION LEADERSHIP C: 0 M: 0 Y: 0 K: 70 Pantone 295 CVC C: 0 M: 0 Y: 0 K: 100 Pantone DS 214-2 C www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2015 7

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