Superyacht Australia has announced today that it will be organizing the first ever Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference immediately prior to the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Industry Conference (ASMEX) will be a two-day event on May 17th and 18th. It will bring together key industry stakeholders, boat builders, service providers and marine industry manufacturers. A focus for the conference will be promoting Australia as a key cruising destination with its facilities plus looking at the excellent refit and repair services available.

The conference will address key issues facing the Australian superyacht and export industry and will explore current and future opportunities.

“This is an exciting initiative that SYBA have been working on for some months. It is designed to profile the Australian Superyacht Industry and provide an excellent platform for the industry both in Australia and globally to network, share ideas, understand issues and work with key industry stakeholders to look at ways to grow the Australian superyacht sector. The conference will also provide an overview of key global markets and in particular how Australia, NZ, Asia and the Pacific can work together to drive more business for the region,” says MaryAnne Edwards, SYBA CEO.

Barry Jenkins has been appointed conference chairman:

“It is a timely initiative for the industry given the recent publicity generated globally as a result of the Queensland and Victoria floods, Tropical Cyclone Yasi and the fires in Western Australia. It is important for us to get a message to the rest of the world that the industry has been largely unaffected by these events and the Marine Industry in Australia is alive and well,” says Jenkins.

The conference has support from the Queensland Government, The Dept of Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, The Gold Coast City Council, Austrade, AIMEX and Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.