The organisers of the Yacht CN 2014-Nansha Bay International Boat Show have revealed details of the two-day China Yachting Conference that takes place on October 17-18 during the show.

The first day of the conference will be devoted to marina development issues in China and will feature leading experts including Julian Goldie, international director of The Yacht Harbours Association, Emmanuel Delarue from China-based marina designers NDA Design, Andrew Chapman of Australia’s Marina Industries Association and Peter Jansen, honorary secretary of the ICOMIA Marinas Group.

Day two of the conference will focus on yachting issues and will include a keynote presentation from Yang Xinfa, chairman of the China Boat Industry Trade Association.

Other China market experts speaking include Colin Dawson, chairman of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association, Roger Eastham, marine manager of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Richard Lamble, an independent yacht surveyor, and speakers from China’s Customs and Immigration departments.

Nansha Marina, the venue for the China Yachting Conference and the Yacht CN Show, is located in Guangdong Province and is accessible from both Hong Kong and Guangzhou city, which is situated on the Pearl River Delta.

The area, described by The Economist magazine as the workshop of the world, is now also a boat manufacturing hub and with the opening of marinas, fast becoming a yachting hub for China.

According to Albert Kong, general manager of the marina and conference and boat show organiser: “The China Yachting Conference builds on the success of the previous conference held two years ago, when it ran as the China Marina Conference. The change from a marina to a yachting conference is the result of delegate feedback, and reflects the needs of the fast changing China yacht market.

“While the first day remains marina focused, day two concentrates on other industry issues,” he adds. “The wide ranging topics cover the wider yachting eco-system and are of interest to both trade visitors and yacht owners.”

Underlining the international nature of the conference, simultaneous translation to and from Chinese will be provided.