Amsterdam RAI, in partnership with the ICOMIA Marinas Group and Turkish Marine Industry Association DENTUR, has released the event programme for the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference to be held from 2-4 June 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Focusing on the theme ‘Marinas into the future’, experts from around the world will sit on panels and lead breakout sessions covering the global marina industry and emerging markets, different approaches to marina management, and the diversity of regulations and legislation related to marinas and boating.

Roberto Perocchio, chairman ICOMIA Marinas Group, comments: “By joining us in Istanbul for the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference people will learn from the leading worldwide experts in the field. Listening to and leveraging on their lifetime of experiences will offer all you need to know about the marina business and its international trends in the space of just a couple of days.”

The opening address will be given by Alpaslan Sirkecioglu, chairman of the Turkish Marine Industry Association, DENTUR, which is also the conference host. This will be followed by a keynote speech by ICOMIA president Peter Methven and the Turkish authority speech by Suat Hayri Aka, deputy undersecretary at Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.

Guest speakers

Best operational practices with Jean-Michel Gaigné (CMM, GMI, international director of the French Marina Federation) and Stavros Katsikadis (MD of  Flisvos Marina S.A. and president of the Greek Marinas Association).

Waterfront rejuvenation with Marcello Conti (chief maritime works department at Conti & Associates), Fred Klancnik (adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering and  president and principal engineer at Capstone Engineering Design, LLC, chair ASCE Marinas 2020 Committee).

Dry marinas with Gary Groenewold (CMM, chairman of the Association of Marina Industries, AMI, vice president of Westrec Marinas) and Ronaldo Souza (CMM, director of operations in Latin America for Westrec Marinas Brazil).

Design for superyacht facilities with Roberto Perocchio (Assomarinas Italy, chairman of IMG) and Oscar Siches (CMM, director of the Global Marina Institute Spain).

Emerging Markets: Eastern Med, Black Sea/Middle East with Nabil Farhat (editor-In-chief of The World of Yachts & Boats Ltd) and  Bruno Meier (CMM, COO & head of Marina Division at ART MARINE Marinas in the UAE)

It is the first time since its launch in 1993, that the WMC 2014 Istanbul will be held in the eastern Mediterranean region.

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