Outreach & Support

Need a Conference Speaker

Within the membership of IMG are many professionals and executives who possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise in development planning and operational, environmental and financial management of marinas and other boat storage facilities and services as well as in nautical tourism.

Whether Government or private sector, if your organisation is planning a conference, seminar, workshop or the like and requires a qualified and experienced professional for a key-note address or a presentation about a specific topic, then IMG can introduce you to such a speaker in your region or further afield as may be necessary.

Please contact the IMG Secretariat with any request for a speaker and include the following details:-

  • Name of Organisation and Contact Details
  • Title of Conference, Seminar, Workshop
  • Date/s and Location of Event
  • Required/ Suggested Subject for Key-Note Address or Presentation
  • Whether local/regional/international speaker acceptable

The IMG Secretariat will be pleased to circulate your request to appropriate IMG members requesting an "expression of interest" in response, following which an introduction to those members will be given to you for further contact. IMG does not charge any fees for this service.

Hosting an IMG Meeting

Consider hosting an ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG) meeting and obtain the benefits of working and interacting with IMG members with international expertise in marina and boat storage development, management and education.

The IMG normally meets 2 to 3 times per annum. The meetings are generally held in April/May and September/October each year with an occasional third meeting in some years coinciding with a special international event.

In keeping with its Mission Statement, these meetings are held in various locations around the world to facilitate the sharing and exchange of marina and boat storage development and management information and educational opportunities with other interested organisations and Governments on a global basis.

As an important part of its Outreach & Support Program, in attending IMG meetings, IMG members are available to meet with local industry associations and participants, development organisations, Government authorities and others seeking to exchange knowledge and information about marina planning, development and operations.

Accordingly IMG would welcome invitations from the industry, Government or private sectors in any region to host a meeting of IMG, the program for which is usually:-

Day 1: Meeting with local organisations, industry participants, developers, Government and other parties interested in marina and boat storage development and management.

Day 2: A meaningful working field visit to existing local marina and boat storage sites and/or potential development sites.

Day 3: IMG Meeting with attendance of representatives from host region.

No fees are required by IMG or by IMG members for their work with you. The basic requirements for hosting an IMG meeting program as described above are:-

  • Sponsoring the charges for meeting room/s, morning/afternoon teas and lunches for each day and if possible for one joint session dinner;
  • Providing local transport if required for the working field visit;

If your organisation would like to host an IMG meeting and working visit to your region please contact the IMG Secretariat  with a brief outline and details of your invitation.

 

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference

The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, ICOMIA World Marina Conference (IWMC) is the key initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s Outreach & Support Programme.

Held biannually, IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators and draws over 350 delegates and speakers from around the globe.

The Conferences are highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success, and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology.

In keeping with its global perspective, IWMC has been presented in the following cities:

  • 1993 Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • 1996 Genoa (Italy)
  • 1999 Fort Lauderdale (USA)
  • 2002 Sydney (Australia)
  • 2005 San Diego (USA)
  • 2008 Ostend (Belgium)
  • 2011 Singapore (Singapore)
  • 2014 Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 2016 Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • 2018 Athens (Greece)
  • 2019 Auckland (New Zealand)

IWMC 2018 | 25 - 26 - 27 October | Athens, Greece

The Greek Marinas Association (GMA) has been announced as host of the 2018 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) during the meeting of the ICOMIA Marinas Group in Vancouver, Canada on 14 October. The world-renowned travelling Conference will be held 25 – 27 October 2018 in Athens, Greece.


The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference is the key initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s Outreach and Support Programme. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.


IWMC is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), the committee born out of ICOMIA`s recognition that ensuring boat owners a safe and convenient place to berth, moor or launch their boat is vital to the future of the industry.


An active and prominent member of IMG since 2011, GMA was established in 2010 in order to represent, upgrade and promote the tourist ports and marina facilities throughout Greece. Its membership includes 77% of the total regional berthing capacity, and includes both public and private members all of which are well organised marinas focusing on quality, safety and customer satisfaction. Stavros Katsikadis, president of the GMA highlighted the importance of this win for Greek marinas and the city of Athens: "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 to them an unforgettable experience".


Roberto Perocchio, IMG Chairman, praised the GMA win: "The Greek coast is one of the most beautiful cruising grounds of the world for nautical tourism, and the international community of marina operators will now gather there in 2018 to discuss global trends and be inspired by the new marina investments that can be developed in this country thanks to privatisation programmes, urban waterfront rejuvenation projects and increased importance of tourism economy”. Perocchio added, “The Mayor of Athens has expressed his full support of IWMC 2018, as have other local and national authorities – this confirms the leading role that Greece plays at an international level in the field of yachting facilities and services".


The decision to award GMA the bid was made during IMG’s autumn meeting, held 12-14 October 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, which 13 IMG members attended and included a tour of 10 marinas on the west coast of Canada. Hosted by Sara Anghel, Executive Director of NMMA Canada, the Group saw marinas suitable for sailboats, smaller power boats and large yachts. “NMMA Canada was honoured and pleased to have the opportunity to host the IMG meeting in Canada. The recreational boating industry in Canada is worth $10 billion CDN in revenues and $5.6 billion in GDP impact. There are nearly 1500 marinas in Canada and almost half of Canada’s population goes boating each year.”


The IWMC series is highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology. More information on the programme for 2018, sponsorship opportunities and delegate registration will be announced in due course.

 

For more information and to register, visit: www.worldmarinasconference.com