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WORLD NEWS Industry engages at Marinas19 AUSTRALIA: The Marinas19 International Conference and Trade Exhibition, held in May, was considered a ‘highly successful event’ attracting 300 participants to the Gold Coast. Marina Industries Association (MIA) president, Andrew Chapman, opened the event with a strong address highlighting the need for industry to be on the front foot with regard to specific environmental challenges. He launched MIA’s policy on the elimination of single plastics by 2025, which will help member marinas by means of education and information to change business practices and recycling. Delegates were also given a preview of the new on-line Club Marine Extreme Weather Preparedness course. Many of the 31 conference sessions resulted in stimulating thought and discussion. For example, keynote speaker on demographics Simon Kuestenmacher set the scene highlighting the implications of delayed and reduced discretionary expenditure by future generations. Säljö Bjorn spoke of marinas needing one hundred times more power in the future to cater for electric powered boats. All 32 booths at the trade exhibition were sold and MIA CEO, Colin Bransgrove, said demand for space had been particularly strong from international companies. “There is growing recognition from North America and Europe that MIA provides an effective conduit into the marina industry across the Asia, Australia and New Zealand regions,” he noted. Category winners earned applause at the Gala Dinner during presentations for the Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards 2019/20. Highlights included the double-winner Abell Point Marina, QLD (Best Community Engagement and Best Commercial Marina over 140 boats); Bay of Islands Marina, New Zealand (Best International Marina); and South of Perth Yacht Club (Club of the Year). Port Denarau Marina, Fiji, won entry into the Hall of Fame in the category of Best International Marina. Marina World was the International Media Partner for Marinas19. MYP at Meststrade 2019 NETHERLANDS: Almost 50 companies have signed up to exhibit in the Marina & Yard Pavilion at this year’s Metstrade event. The MYP, now a clear niche area at Metstrade and a global meeting place for marina operators, developers and suppliers, will once again attract important industry gatherings, including a seminar/meeting for the Global Marina Institute (GMI) and new partner activities with PIANC RecCom. More details will follow in our September/ October issue. Marina World is the Exclusive Media Partner for the MYP at Metstrade. IWMC 2020 The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2020 will be held in Dubai, UAE - More details soon! Green light for Leros marina GREECE: A concession has been granted to build a 73-berth marina in Ormos Alindon on the East Aegean island of Leros. The contract was signed by Tourism Minister Thanassis Theocharopoulos in May as part of the Ministry’s strategy to boost nautical tourism. - July/August 2019 11

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