Published: Thursday, 31 October 2013
Mike Fulton

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

It has been previously hosted in Europe, the US, Australia, and parts of Asia. Of particular interest to marina owners, operators and developers, these conferences are extremely informative, reveal important global trends and offer excellent networking opportunities. They also showcase all the latest marina products and technological advances.

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Brazil boasts some 8,500 kilometres of coastline and a further and 50,000 kilometres of navigable waterways. It has the largest GDP in South America, at approximately $2.5 trillion, and shares economic partnerships with most of the countries in Latin America as well as with markets in Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

ACOBAR’s winning bid was selected and announced at the ICOMIA’s 50th committee meeting held during the recent International Boat Show and Festival held in Hainan, China.

ACOBAR’s president, Eduardo Colunna said that the success of the Brazil’s bid resulted from a concerted effort to integrate the Brazilian marine industry into the global arena. “Hosting ICOMIA WMC 2016 in Rio de Janeiro is a great achievement, but it comes with a great deal of responsibility, which we are honoured to accept,” he added.

Meanwhile Claudio Brasil do Amaral, president of the Instituto de Marinas do Brasil, which partnered ACOBAR in the submission, commented: “ICOMIA WMC 2016 has the potential to become a cornerstone in the history Brazil’s marine industry. It will bring together prestigious international experts to share their knowledge and insight with Brazilian businessmen and government authorities”.

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