Event The Future of Yacht Chartering welcomes marinas operators, charter brokers, superyacht managers, lawyers, regulatory authorities, yacht registries, captains, industry associations and anyone with a vested interest in the growth of yacht chartering. The conference is organised by Quaynote Communications.

OneOcean Port Vell

The Quaynote Conference on the Future of Yacht Chartering is held at Marina OneOcean Port Vell

Quaynote Communications has announced that its conference The Future for Yacht Chartering will take place on Tuesday October 11 this year at OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain. The Barcelona Nautical Cluster and Superyacht Business are officially backing the event as official sponsors.

With Spain reporting an impressive upswing in the local chartering business, and new destinations becoming more accessible, the charter business is gearing up for more expansion.

As opportunities emerge, so do new challenges, with port state control, the customs code and taxation issues raising causing concern amongst many industry players.

As charter brokers, managers, corporate service providers and others seek clarification of regulatory changes, the new one-day conference will put the chartering, marinas and destinations under the spotlight.

The event is chaired by Pat Bullock of Network Marine Consultants and exhibitors include One Ocean Port Vell and local tax experts TaxMarine.

“There are still a lot of issues to discuss in connection with yacht chartering in Spain and further afield”, explains Quaynote director Lorna Titley. “There is the new customs code, tax variations between EU countries, what to expect from port state control inspections, and the process of applying for a charter licence,” she adds.

Titley  continues: “The conference will discuss what needs to be done to ensure the best experience for charterers, with a particular focus on the service offered by marinas and local tourism; what to do when the demand for yachts outstrips supply; the process of applying for a charter licence, as well as a look at which chartering destinations are set to be the must-see hot-spots of tomorrow”.

With international relations with Cuba gradually thawing out, there is a lot of interest in prospects for chartering in Cuban waters.

Bransom Bean, consultant to Paul Madden & Associates, will examine the latest developments in the island’s fledgling charter business and asks what “wide open” really means for the superyacht industry.

Continuing the theme of emerging destinations, The Future of Yacht Chartering will journey across to Norway, to hear from what the Nordic fjords can offer superyacht charterers.

“As charterers become more adventurous, some are of course branching out from the well-charted cruising grounds in the Med and Caribbean and seeking pastures new,” comments Quaynote  director Alison Singhal.

In addition, Ola Hiis Bergh of Norway Superyacht Services will be looking at how to explore territory by yacht.

The Future of Yacht Chartering welcomes marinas operators, charter brokers, superyacht managers, lawyers, regulatory authorities, yacht registries, captains, industry associations and anyone with a vested interest in the growth of yacht chartering.