The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has awarded Brazil’s boatbuilding trade association ACOBAR to host the ICOMIA World Marina Conference (WMC). The event will be held in Rio de Janeiro in April 2016.

The WMC has been previously held across Europe, the US, Australia, and Asia. It has become a “must attend” event for all marina owners, operators and developers. The Conferences are highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success. In addition, the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology.

The ICOMIA Marinas Group selected the winning bid, placed by ACOBAR and the Instituto de Marinas do Brasil, at the 50th committee meeting held during the International Boat Show and Festival in Hainan, China.

Eduardo Colunna, president of ACOBAR – a full member of ICOMIA – emphasized that the success of the Brazilian bid is a result of a strategic effort to integrate the Brazilian industry within global markets. “Hosting ICOMIA WMC 2016 in Rio de Janeiro is a great achievement; it comes with a great deal of responsibility and we are honoured to accept it”.

Claudio Brasil do Amaral, president of the Instituto de Marinas do Brasil and member of the ICOMIA Marinas Group added: “ICOMIA WMC 2016 has the potential to become a cornerstone in the history of marine business in Brazil. It will bring together the most prestigious international experts to share their knowledge and insight with the Brazilian professionals and government authorities”.

Brazil is a continental country with a coastline of 8500 km and 50,000 km of navigable waterways. It is the largest economy in Latin America, with a GDP of approximately $2.5 trillion. Brazil has economic partnerships with most of the countries of South and Latin America as well as with markets in Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

The next edition of ICOMIA’s WMC to be held in Istanbul in June 2014 will be officially launched during METS trade show in Amsterdam.