Published: Tuesday, 05 April 2016

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is conducting two Marina and Boat Yard Study Tours during 2016: one in Australia and one in Europe.

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(Marina Portoroz)

Both tours are open to anyone interested in marina and boat yard operations and management. The tours follow MIA’s most successful marina tours to Florida in 2015 and the Gold Coast in 2014.

MIA President Andrew Chapman CMM said MIA has expanded its range of Marina and Boat Yard Tours. “The tours have proven to be an excellent education and learning activity as well as providing exceptional networking benefits for participants.”      

The first tour (May 17-19) will visit a variety of marinas and boatyards in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The tour is timed to allow for a visit to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and/or the Gold Coast Marina Expo (May 19-22).

This tour is being hosted by Mark Robinson, a major shareholder in Scarborough Marina in QLD, and Andrew Monks CMM who has 29 years’ industry experience in the region.

On May 17 the tour group will visit marinas and boatyards on the Gold Coast and meet with senior management. On the second day the group will visit four marinas and boatyards on the Brisbane River and at Manly Boat Harbour. At end of each day participants conduct an analysis of each marina with the tour hosts.

MIA will conduct its second annual international study tour (Sept 26-30) to the Adriatic Coast in Europe. The four-day tour will travel from Venice northeast along the coast of Slovenia to the picturesque northern coast of Croatia and the Island of Krk.

In total the study tour will visit 12 marina, boat yard and dry stack facilities mostly in historic towns enroute. This tour is hosted by respected industry members within Italian marinas including President of Assomarinas Roberto Perrochio, who is also the Italian Marina Association and Chairman the ICOMIA Marina Group. The tour is timed to allow for participants to also attend the Genoa International Boat Show (Sept 20-25).

According to MIA Executive Officer Colin Bransgrove the tours aim to provide high quality learning and business development opportunities for participants.