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CONFERENCES & EXHIBITIONS Marinas19 is held in the Queensland boating hub. From the air: Broadwater to Surfers Paradise. Record participation expected at Marinas19 The Marinas19 international conference and trade exhibition (27 th -29 th May, Gold Coast, Australia) is shaping up to be an exciting event. According to MIA chairman and president, Andrew Chapman, it could well be a recordbreaker. “The conference programme of 33 sessions and the field trip address the issues and interests of today’s marina industry. The trade exhibition has booked out in record time. Participation fees are as per 2017 and delegates are booking earlier. A real bonus for interstate and international attendees is that they can also attend the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show that concludes on the day prior to the commencement of Marinas19.” Highlight topics The topic of marinas and their key role in servicing and profiting from the emerging boat sharing economy will be addressed by a panel of proven boat share operators. The panel will include John Giglio, president and CEO of Freedom Boat Club (see article p. 22). Future consumer and demographic trends will be the focus of a plenary session by Simon Kuestenmacher - director of research at The Demographics Group, Melbourne. Kuestenmacher is a rising star in data animation and interpretation. He will draw out the implications for the marina industry from the latest trends. Darren Vaux, a well known marina industry professional who has played a lead role in the recent development of ICOMIA policy papers, will flesh out the critically important topic of marina leases and the requirements for sustainable investment. Mark Sanders, president of Westpoint Harbor, California, will provide valuable insight into creating business ‘unfair advantages’ which differentiate his marina from others. The presentation and interactive session will set an upbeat tone for the session entitled ‘Marina Design: Making the Best Use of your Marina Assets’ that will include a showcase of tested design ideas. A range of speakers, panels and interactive sessions will cover other issues, including boat yard compliance, the use of drones in marinas, abandoned boats, social media marketing, risk management, electric boat implications, superyachts, club marinas, pollution response and implications from the ‘connectivity of things’. Complementary networking The conference will be complemented by a trade show which hosts 35 exhibitors. This was fully booked as of early March with exhibitors from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the UAE. Marinas19 will be ‘topped and tailed’ with three significant events. On the evening of Sunday 26 th May preceding Marinas19 and just at the conclusion of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, an informal networking barbecue will be held at Southport Yacht Club. The Marinas19 and Awards Dinner will be held at Sea World at the conclusion of day two and the event will wrap up with the optional marina and boat yard tour on Wednesday 29th May. The tour will include insight into waterway dredging and boating access and include visits to two very big boat yards with marinas that have both announced major multi-million dollar expansion plans. For further information, go to www.marinas19.com Busy networking in the exhibition area. Coomera Boat Yards: Gold Coast City Marina and The Boat Works. www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2019 13

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