Published: Thursday, 05 December 2013
Peter Wheeler

The much anticipated International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 – 4 June 2014, was officially launched at this year’s METS Marina and Yard Pavilion during a Turkish-themed Champaign reception held on Wednesday 20 November. 

The eighth edition of the prominent travelling conference is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group and, for the first time, in partnership with METS organiser Amsterdam RAI. Hosted by Turkish marine industry association, DENTUR, which serves over 300 Turkish companies and experts in our industry, the event is set to attract over 400 attendees and will include an exciting line-up of industry speakers as well as social and networking events.

During the opening address, Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager Amsterdam RAI, revealed further details of the 2014 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC), which promises to be an exceptional learning experience for professionals in the marina and nautical tourism field, and will provide the opportunity to gather a truly global audience of professionals coming together to exchange experience and knowledge, and to learn from each other’s best practice.

Next to the stage was Alpaslan Sirkecio─člu, Chairman of DENTUR, proclaiming how delighted the association is to be hosting the Conference in Turkey:

“We are proud to host this truly global event in Istanbul - the only city where the two continents meet - founded in 660 BC and capital to the four biggest empires in the history. ICOMIA WMC 2014 will investigate topics such as the state of global marina industry, the emerging markets of the Eastern Med, Black Sea, Middle East, Asia and South America – whilst breakout sessions will provide delegates the opportunity to learn about and discuss marina management and operational practices, revenue maximization ideas, benefits of marina classification, facility/marina design and engineering”.  

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations - ICOMIA – has represented the global marine industry since 1966. ICOMIA brings together national boating federations in one global organisation and represents them at an international level, presenting a strong and united voice when dealing with issues challenging the industry.