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The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and Marina Industries Association (MIA) sign a global agreement

November 21, 2014

A global agreement has been recently signed by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), a group association of the British Marine Federation (BMF), and the Marina Industries Association (MIA), in order to harmonise the TYHA and MIA Gold Anchor Schemes. One worldwide Gold Anchor Scheme delivered by the two organisations will ensure that accredited luxury yacht marinas and those aspiring to accreditation, receive the full support they need to improve facility as well as customer service standards and that they are appropriately accredited for their achievement.

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This relationship presents many opportunities including worldwide promotion and lobbying along with knowledge sharing and the development of new resources. The new partnership will be rolled out over the next three years in line with the re-accreditation rolling programme. During the interim period the two schemes will run alongside each other until the single scheme is completed. The agreement makes provision for the territories that the two organisations will deliver the Gold Anchor scheme in to ensure efficiency and best customer service.

The Gold Anchor scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is well known as a credible measure of marina excellence. The 5 level scheme benchmarks marinas against others locally, nationally and internationally providing both a credible measure for boat owners and a business development service for marina operators.

Sarah Hanna, Chairman of TYHA commented: “This is a momentous moment for the Gold Anchor Scheme. It is the beginning of the future for us, and the start of a long partnership between TYHA and MIA. Collaborating together will hugely benefit marina operators worldwide.”

Jeff d’Albora, Director of MIA added: “This powerful new partnership between MIA and TYHA presents a significant opportunity for the further development of the worldwide marina industry through the development and growth of the Gold Anchor scheme. The collective expertise and experience within the two organisations is formidable and I look forward a significant expansion of Gold Anchor through this partnership.”

An impressive line-up of speakers hosted by 13th International Sailing Summit (ISS)

November 20, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014, saw the 13th International Sailing Summit (ISS) host an amazing line-up of speakers. They shared their ideas and best practice from around the world, demonstrating how the sailing industry can change to increase and retain participation, through innovation, technology, as well as cultural changes.

13th International Sailing Summit (ISS)

13th International Sailing Summit (ISS)

This year’s hosts, British Marine Federation’s (BMF) group association British Sailing, said feedback from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive to the messages and detailed insights provided addressing the conference theme which was ‘Waking up the sailing industry – how sailing needs to modernise, diversify and develop to attract and retain participant’.

Olympic Gold Medallist and America’s Cup sailor Iain Percy OBE officially opened the Summit with a unifying speech focusing on the need to reinvigorate sailing clubs, facilities  for more localised sailing  and exciting innovations in sailing boats, including foiling.  Subsequent speakers went on to identify gaps in the industry, offering remedies to drive positive change and promote sailing on a global scale.

The presentation from Terry Greenwood of British Cycling, an organisation which has seen its membership grow by 567% since 2005, gave the sailing industry a rare insight into another sport’s success in driving massive growth. He outlined how a clear plan for consolidation and simplification gave the sport a goal for growth.

ISS 2014

ISS 2014

In her presentation, Molly Winans, of Spinsheet Magazine, provided practical tips for how companies could help increase participation by avoiding typical stereotypes and thinking about how to increase participation and diversification through marketing messages.

Paul Strzelecki of Henri Lloyd said “I thought the ISS was extremely informative, thought-provoking and a fantastic platform to change the way we promote sailing after hearing how other successful sports have achieved success in increasing participation.”

Her Highness Sayyida Ghada Al Said of Oman Sail, after sharing the cultural changes required to build a strong female sailing team in Oman, commented: “It was fantastic to see so many countries coming together with the passion and desire to raise awareness of sailing. I came away with ideas to help us further to promote sailing in Oman and it was great to hear about innovative projects in the industry”.

Speaking at the event Alice Driscoll, Chair of British Sailing commented: “Today’s conference has been incredibly inspiring.  Having such a wealth of speakers sharing their experiences and aspirations, has educated, motivated and inspired the delegates.  The format has enabled real networking opportunities with businesses benefiting from being at this conference. From learning how other sports such as British Cycling have grown participation, through to how Oman has chosen sailing as a sport to empower women, and how the sailing and boating industry needs to consider carefully the words and images used for key messages, the day has been packed with useful and thought-provoking sessions. ”

Taking place in Amsterdam RAI, the day before the start of the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), the worldwide industry forum brought together the best in the industry from every corner of the globe. During the event, a cheque for £2,500 was presented to the Andrew Simpsons Sailing Foundation, the ISS 2014 chosen charity and an organisation inspiring the next generation to the wonders of sailing. This donation was made of 50 per cent of the event’s profit. However, by the end of the day companies at the event had joined together to double this original donation to a total of £5,000.

Dubai International Boat Show expanding its features

November 20, 2014

The Dubai International Boat Show is expanding its features to capture the increasing regional marine market, as stated by its organisers, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). This is in line with the sector’s exponential growth in the lead up to 2020, as predicted by governmental educational institute Emirates International Maritime Academy, based in Dubai Maritime City.

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

According to Dubai Maritime City Authority Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the UAE’s maritime industry makes up 60 percent of the total value for the sector across the GCC. The UAE will be responsible for as much as 35 percent of the up to $190 billion investment in the Middle East’s marine sector over the next three years, experts estimate.

The 23rd running of the Dubai International Boat Show, 3-7 March of 2015, will be marked by international and regional premieres but, more importantly, new show features dedicated to sailing, fishing, and water sports, according to DWTC, reflecting the annual event’s significant growth in popularity among serious buyers from across the UAE and GCC, Africa, Southwest and Central Asia, and beyond.

“Every year, the Dubai International Boat Show gains in stature and international popularity because it continues to evolve and improve its offering for visitors,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of DWTC, commenting on the show’s new features.

DIBS

DIBS

With tens of thousands of visitors, from more than 120 countries, expected to attend over the five days of the show, and scheduled to view a full range of hundreds of boats on land and water, the show will soon be  among the world’s top 4 marine industry events by 2020, agree the show’s largest exhibitors.

“Dubai International Boat Show enjoys tremendous potential for attendee selection over the next five years, as it focuses on quality buyers of all sizes of boats.  This event also has the potential to become a global Top 4 industry event, after the US and Europe’s three big events,” said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft, the UAE-based manufacturer of boats and yachts, and the world’s top 10 superyacht shipyard.

“Dubai’s inherent advantages over other, particularly developing market shows, are that Dubai is itself a brand which communicates excellence in all things, particularly exhibitions and events, and also that there is a high degree of wealth in the region coupled with a demonstrated willingness to spend on water craft.  For Gulf Craft, the Dubai show is a platform to highlight who we are and to shine in front of a very select audience.”

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

Within the region, increased wealth among residents is expected to drive further show attendance and related sales.  The number of HNWIs across the world has ballooned by 59% since 2003, more than doubling in the Middle East, according to the 2014 Wealth Report from global real estate giant, Knight Frank.  And the Dubai International Boat Show has a demonstrated track record of having secured more than 20 per cent of its overall annual attendance from HNWIs.

Gregor Stinner, CEO of ART MARINE, the Middle East’s largest 360 degree leisure yachting enterprise and one of the show’s largest annual exhibitors, agrees that the Dubai International Boat Show is clearly in its ascendency and the most important regional boat show for the company.

“For ART MARINE, Dubai International Boat Show is the best possible platform to showcase our broad range of branded boats from the Ferretti Group. These range from the smallest Riva at 27 feet to megyachts of up to 90 meters in length built by the Group’s flagship shipyard CRN, as the event attracts key regional buyers from Egypt to Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman.  ART MARINE is also the regional leader in marina management, so we use Dubai International Boat Show as our annual industry networking meeting point.  For us, the show is already a global top 4 event.”

A very successful Dubai Boat Show

A very successful Dubai Boat Show

Bruno Meier, the company’s Chief Operating Officer and member of the DIBS Conference’s Steering Committee, has said he believes the number of operational marinas in the GCC will nearly double from 43 in 2009 to 85 by 2016, with available berths moving from 9,000 to 16,000 over the same time period.

ART MARINE continues to expand its presence and will be opening its first Luxury Line Boutique Showroom this month in Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, whose marina has been managed by the company for over three years.

2015 Show Sectors and New Features

Show sectors for this year include: Marina Display, Superyacht Life Area, Outdoor Display, Marine Luxury and Lifestyle, Equipment Services and Supplies (ESS), and Diving Middle East Exhibition (DMEX).

New show features include dedicated sections in the Outdoor Display area of the show for DIBS Sailing, DIBS Fishing, and DIBS Water Sports – industry areas supporting strong sales growth over the last several years, say organisers – in addition to returning show features, Supercar Promenade, Gulf Boating Conference –, Retail Village, UAE Inspired Pavilion, and the ever popular Entertainment & Competitions.

The new DIBS Sailing sector of the show is an interactive zone where sailing enthusiasts can see boats, brands and suppliers from around the world, while the DIBS Fishing sector will meet the needs of even the most expert fisherman.

DIBS by night

DIBS by night

Finally, DIBS Water Sports will be an exciting new show zone dedicated to all related things, from kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, and paddle boarding to surfing, kite surfing, and wind surfing, with a dedicated testing pool for water sports enthusiasts.

With Gulf states increasingly developing planned communities around an active, on-water lifestyle, the demand for sailing, fishing, and water sports craft has skyrocketed over the last few years, according to participating companies.

Advocating one of the new show features, Sultan A. Alshaali, CEO of Alshaali Group, said: “Al Shaali Marine has been a long-time supporter of the Dubai International Boat Show, and we are pleased to see that the show is now creating a dedicated area for fishing boats, some of our biggest sellers at this event.  We are makers of yachts of up to 130 feet in length, but we also enjoy a proud heritage of making and selling some of the world’s finest fishing vessels.”

To best promote the show’s Superyacht experience, the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) will again unite to represent the world’s most leading superyacht builders, bringing them together in one dedicated platform at the Superyacht Life Area of the show’s Marina Display.

“While we will continue to provide a global platform for the sale of superyachts, we also want to explore new ways to serve our increasingly international buyers from emerging markets such as Africa, China, and India.  We believe that there will be tremendous interest, and sales, in support of our push to bring water sports, sailing, and fishing more fully into the realm of our larger show offering,” said DWTC’s LohMirmand.

The 23rd Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from 3-7 March 2015.

Impressive 145m motor yacht X-FORCE concept unveiled by Admiral Yachts

November 19, 2014

Admiral Yachts, a part of The Italian Sea Group, is delighted to unveil the new 145-metre motor yacht X-Force concept: Born from Experience. Luxury mega yacht X-Force 145 concept has been superbly penned by the Monaco-based design studio, Dobroserdov Design.

Admiral X-Force 145 Yacht Concept - Profile

Admiral X-Force 145 Yacht Concept - Profile

The final project was introduced during the Press Conference hosted by The Italian Sea Group at Yacht Club Monaco, on the occasion of the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. It represents the synthesis of the values of the Group and it’s a perfect combination of the elegance and purity of yacht design joint with the force of the shipbuilding industry, in which the Group has a remarkable strength. During the show, an impressive 3m long scale model was on the shipyard’s display.

Superyacht X-Force 145 concept - Bow

Superyacht X-Force 145 concept - Bow

Superyacht Х-Force 145 was designed by Dobroserdov Design focusing on innovative and elegant lines with a smooth and low profile design, in order to virtually lighten the overall design. The impressive continuity of glass surface, which has become a trademark of Admiral, ensures plenty of natural light throughout the ship, from the bow of the yacht – where an exceptional observation lounge has been located, assuring to VIP guests a breathtaking panoramic view – to the stern area, where a double level beach club & SPA with both internal and external swimming pool really makes this project unique. This area has been conceived as the main convivial and informal area of the yacht and it’s provided with any amenity you may need on board a yacht of this size.

Mega yacht X-Force 145 - Stern

Mega yacht X-Force 145 - Stern

Interiors and beach club & SPA area, developed by Turin based architect Gian Marco Campanino – GMC Design, have been thought in close relation to the overall design of the yacht, in terms of fluidity, curved lines, rounded shapes and a large use of full-height sliding glass walls, in addition to double height spaces, private balconies for all VIP suites, indoor gardens and ponds, impressive fireplaces; all that matched with a style both futuristic and warm, made of the most precious materials and finishes combined with fresh and innovative layouts solutions, for a contemporary new top-level luxury standard.

Admiral X-Force 145 superyacht concept - Saloon

Admiral X-Force 145 superyacht concept - Saloon

Admiral X Force 145m yacht is equipped with a huge Owner’s quarter which takes an impressive 55 meters of length and to which an entire deck has been dedicated, a double level main saloon, two helipads and a hangar for heli, toys and cars, two cinemas, several gyms and huge sunbathing areas and external lounge areas.

X-Force 145 yacht concept - Bow Lounge

X-Force 145 yacht concept - Bow Lounge

The project is not another design exercise as the Admiral X Force 145m superyacht has been developed on the same naval platform of “M/N Messina”, the last commercial diesel-electric vessel  delivered by the Group in 2013 and currently part of the Italian Railways fleet, on a non-stop service activity among the Sicily Channel.

Luxury yacht X-Force 145 - Master Suite

Luxury yacht X-Force 145 - Master Suite

The production site, located in Marina di Carrara (Tuscany, Italy), spread over an area of 100,000 sqm and 200 mt drydock where this new model may be built. With her design and general arrangement plan, the Admiral X Force 145 superyacht truly is one of the most impressive and outstanding yachts of her size, offering a new perspective within the mega yacht world. It confirms the placement of The Italian Sea Group at the top of European shipbuilding in terms of know-how, history, production capacity, facility and technical experience.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Admiral.

Singapore Boating Industry Association and Superyacht Singapore Association to explore the possible merger

November 18, 2014

The Singapore Boating Industry Association (SingaporeBoating) and the Superyacht Singapore Association (SuperyachtSingapore) are to explore the possible merger of the two Associations. They will form a joint committee, in order to investigate how best to transition to a single association.

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YP Loke, who is chairman of SingaporeBoating and vice-chairman of SuperyachtSingapore, said, “The market is best served by one association. This will avoid duplication of effort, leading to better efficiency and productivity”.  Arthur Tay, chairman SSA is fully supportive of the merger.

SuperyachtSingapore was formed in 2009. It started the Asia Superyacht Conference (now the Asia-Pacific Yachting Conference), and is a strong supporter of the Singapore Yacht Show.

SingaporeBoating is the ICOMIA member for Singapore, and hosted the ICOMIA World Marina Conference in 2011. It has represented the industry to government and public agencies.

METS 2014 to start today

November 18, 2014

This year’s edition of the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) will open its doors today, on Tuesday,  November 18, and will last for three days. In addition to hosting a record number of exhibitors, METS 2014 has a larger and more diverse knowledge programme than ever before. From the presentations on the Innovation Stage and Waterfront Stage to the dedicated Young Professionals programme, experience as well as best practices will be shared throughout the Amsterdam RAI complex.

Innovation Stage

Innovation Stage to be introduced at METS for the first time

The Innovation Stage

The Innovation Stage is situated in the Elicium building and is part of the brand-new Innovation LAB platform which the RAI is introducing for the first time at METS. Carla Demaria, President of Monte Carlo Yachts, will share her unique insights gained in a distinguished career in the boatbuilding sector. Celebrating its silver jubilee, navigation equipment manufacturer will examine how the next quarter of a century might look like for the marine electronics sector, drawing on technologies developed for the automotive and aeronautical sectors.

The Innovation Stage will be also the place where outboard engine producer Mercury Marine presents its very latest take on optimising marine engine designs. Another keynote demonstration will see Green Marine showcase its vision on the future of custom yacht building. Add in the presentations by the seven DAME award category winners, a fascinating workshop by IBI and ICOMIA on ‘New Technologies & Manufacturing’ and the wide range of Materia presentations, and it is clear that the Innovation Stage alone will share a wealth of knowledge to METS visitors from around the world.

The Waterfront Stage

Another fount of knowledge during METS 2014 will found in the Marina &Yard Pavilion (MYP), which is dedicated to all kinds of equipment for marinas and boatyards. As well as playing host to a record number of 47 companies and organisations, the MYP will be home to the Waterfront Stage. On the first two days of METS this stage will feature eleven different presentations by leading lights in the sector. A good example will be at midday on Wednesday as Jean-Michel Gaigné, CMM, Marina Manager, member of the board Global Marina Institute and member of ICOMIA Marinas Group, examines the topics of marina marketing and new consumer trends.

The METS Young Professionals Club

Knowledge is key to the future, of course, which is why the METS Young Professionals Club is given such a priority during the event in Amsterdam. METS YPC is designed to encourage and inspire the next generation and offers meet & greets with industry leaders, various guided tours and speed networking sessions. The programme takes in all aspects of the METS experience, from the Breakfast Briefing to the evening exhibitor social, ensuring that young professionals gain a true impression of the marine sector’s diversity.

Travelling events

Even before the exhibition side of METS starts today, there are already many hundreds of specialists gathered in Amsterdam RAI for the complementary events that add to the know-how exchange. Delegates to the International Sailing Summit were welcomed yesterday morning by Olympic Gold Medallist Iain Percy OBE. The three-day Global Superyacht Forum, the industry’s most professional conference for the large yacht world, has started its 20th edition with the usual first-class content. Last but not least, the HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design & Construction is underway as universities, knowledge centres and companies share their experience on a wide range of topics.

Meeting of DMCA and its strategic partners to review developments in Dubai’s maritime sector

November 14, 2014

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in the breath-taking Dubai yacht holiday location, recently met with representatives of other leading authorities in Dubai’s maritime sector. The agenda of the meeting was to review the latest updates as well as developments in the local maritime sector and discuss the ways in order to support the efforts of the Maritime Operations Department according to the highest standards of professional safety and best practices.

Meeting of DMCA and strategic partners

Meeting of DMCA and strategic partners

Representatives from the DP World – UAE and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Customs, and Dubai Fishermen Co-operative Association were invited to the gathering. Participants discussed various aspects of the local maritime sector, including its strategic goals to foster Dubai’s leadership as a pioneering international maritime center.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, noted that the Authority is keen to enhance active communication channels with its strategic partners in governmental, commercial and private organizations within the local maritime sector in order to improve maritime operational authorities and boost maritime services. It will provide a fundamental organizational framework to achieve integration of maritime safety, safe navigation and operational efficiency along Dubai’s coastline. He appealed the concerned parties to continue and nurture their efforts to create a maritime environment capable of responding effectively to market changes, adapt to growing tendencies, and attract regional and global investors.

Ali added: “We intend to organize meetings with our strategic partners on a regular basis, as we believe that joint efforts are vital to realize our aspirations to organize, develop and boost elements of local maritime collaboration, and create a secure and revived maritime sector. We are poised to make a positive change in Dubai’s maritime industry, by providing maritime licensing services and developing organizational regulations and modern legislations to guarantee applying the best practices that will enhance levels of maritime safety and boost efficient investment opportunities in a highly-competitive maritime sector.”

The meeting was attended by H.E. Major General Mohammed Saeed Al Murri, President of Dubai Fishermen Cooperative Association; Mohammed Al Mualem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Dubai Ports World – UAE; Abdullah Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Customs; Abdullah Bin Dumethan, Manager of Navigation Routes Department, Dubai Ports World; Captain Hassan Al Suwaidi, Harbour Master of Port Rashid and Director of Marine Department, DP World; Khalifah Sultan Mohammed Bin Salman, Manager, Al Hamriya Port Department; Ghanem Al Abbar, Vice President, Al Hamriya Port; Hussain Khan Saheb, Manager of Maritime Transport Department, RTA; and Saeed Hamid Al Zarri, Manager of Commercial Relations, Rashid Port and Al Hamriya Port. Aside from Amer Ali, the DMCA was represented by Ali Al Dabbous, Executive Director of Operations; Mohammed Al Bastaki, Manager of Maritime Operations Department; Adel Klantar, Director – Registration and Licensing; Faek Masalmah, Senior Manager of Technical Systems and Standards; and Khamees Weld Ghamil, Senior Manager of Maritime Traffic.

Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course in Dubai a Huge Success

November 14, 2014

This week in the fabulous Dubai yacht charter location, nestled in the Middle East, saw fifteen participants complete the intensive Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course. A joint venture by British Marine Federation (BMF), Global Marina Institute (GMI), as well as the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the course was attended by delegates from across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course in Dubai

Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course in Dubai

During the four days participants received invaluable training and networking opportunities allowing them to take the first step to becoming a Certified Marina Manager or Certified Marina Professional. The course covered the core competencies required for intermediate marina management, including health and safety, environmental management, marketing, finance, leadership and customer service. An important component of the course is the marina field trip which involved visits to Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai International Marine Club and Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina.

Sarah Dhanda, Senior Federation Director, British Marine Federation said: “This is a great opportunity to support the standard of marina managers and professionals from across the world. The Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course opens the door to a marina certification that is globally recognised in the marine industry. I anticipate the majority of participants will subsequently participate in the Advanced Marina Management Course.”

Banu Astrini, General Manager, Port of Sanda Kelapa in Indonesia, a delegate on the course, enthused: “The course provided excellent information needed for the operation of recreational marinas. I also found the networking and exchange of ideas very beneficial”.

Ali Al Fardan, Marina Manager at Amwaj Marina in Bahrain, another delegate, commented: “I have many ideas from the course to take back to the marina that I can apply to improve my marinas performance. I am eager to participate in the next Advanced Marina Managers Course to enhance my knowledge”.

Colin Bransgrove from MIA said: “This is the fourth IMM held this year. I believe this is an indicator of the good health of the marina industries across the globe and further evidence that marina owners are increasingly prepared to invest in the professional development of their marina staff.”

New home for Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in 2016 and 2017

November 14, 2014

Yesterday, November 13, 2014, saw the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium announce a win-win agreement that will provide ideal accommodations for the world’s largest boat show, while paving the way for the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. This represents a long-shuttered masterpiece of modern architecture that in 2009 was declared one of America’s most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Aerial view of Marine Stadium

Aerial view of Marine Stadium - Image credit to Hilario Candela

At a press event held yesterday morning at Miami Marine Stadium, representatives from the Miami International Boat Show announced that they have committed to hosting the boat show in 2016 and 2017 at the stadium and its grounds while exploring it as a long-term home. The announcement follows months of speculation over the boat show’s future in the city due to the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is slated to begin in 2016.

The first confirmed reuse of Miami Marine Stadium and its grounds since their closure in 1992, the agreement with the Miami International Boat Show allows the restoration of the stadium to begin in earnest.

Marine Stadium Entry

Marine Stadium Entry - Image credit to Hilario Candela

“In 2016, the Miami International Boat Show will celebrate its 75th year in Miami. What better way to commemorate the significance of this historic annual tradition than by bringing the show to Miami Marine Stadium – one of Miami’s most iconic and beloved marine venues,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which owns and produces the show. “With unique features to accommodate the more than 100,000 boaters who travel from throughout the globe to experience the best the boating industry has to offer, Miami Marine Stadium could be poised to be a home for the boat show in 2016 and beyond.”

“The Miami International Boat Show is the premier event of its kind in the country and a significant economic force in Miami, drawing thousands of local residents as well as tourists from around the world,” said Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. “And Miami Marine Stadium is a beloved place that holds special memories for generations of Miamians. By bringing these two together, this agreement ensures that both of these important institutions are on the path to a bright future here in Miami.”

Marine Stadium Water View

Marine Stadium Water View - Image credit to Hilario Candela

“This is the kind of agreement that the National Trust has envisioned since we named Miami Marine Stadium to our annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2009,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Having the Miami International Boat Show as the first confirmed reuse of the stadium in almost a quarter century hastens the day when Miamians will once again be able to come together in this iconic National Treasure.”

“All of us who love Miami Marine Stadium have waited a long time for this day,” said Hilario Candela, the Cuban American architect who designed the stadium when he was 27 years old. “Not only do we finally have a tenant at the stadium, but the fact that it will be a new home of the Miami International Boat Show is especially appropriate. The stadium was envisioned as a center for boating and a gathering place for people who love boats. To have it now return to embrace its original use is symbolic and especially gratifying.”

Gloria Estefan, a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation who has served as the “Voice of Miami Marine Stadium” and single-handedly elevated the campaign to restore it to an international audience of millions, made the announcement at yesterday morning’s event. “I have wonderful memories of performing at Miami Marine Stadium and of attending the Miami International Boat Show. To have both, together in one place, is a perfect match,” said Estefan. “For people in Miami, boating is in our DNA. I look forward to the day when the stadium is once again filled with people coming together to create long-lasting memories of their own.”

Joining his wife at the event, Miami-Dade Special Ambassador Emilio Estefan added: “Having the opportunity to host the world-renowned Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium is a winning situation for both the stadium and the City of Miami. The Miami International Boat Show is one of our city’s premier events that so positively impacts our residents, hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers, and all areas of business. Congratulations to Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Mayor Tomás Regalado for this exciting announcement.”

Miami Marine Stadium is part of the National Trust’s portfolio of National Treasures – a collection of threatened historic buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and landscapes across the country where the National Trust is committed to finding a long-term preservation solution. As the Presenting Partner of the National Treasures program, American Express has pledged $2 million to help promote and enable the preservation of these cultural and historic places.

Formation of the Vanuatu Yacht and Superyacht Association (VYSA)

November 14, 2014

The new Vanuatu Yacht and Superyacht Association (VYSA) has been formed to achieve industry objectives in partnership with yacht and superyacht industry stakeholders in Vanuatu and globally. The South Pacific region is a rapidly developing yacht and superyacht area, and the fabulous Vanuatu yacht charter location aims to be an important destination as well as resource for both large and small yachts.

Vanuatu - a breath-taking South Pacific yacht holiday destination

Vanuatu - a breath-taking South Pacific yacht holiday destination

Vanuatu is a treasure trove of remote and idyllic islands; a cornucopia of cultural, sporting and destination cruising well suited to all levels of clientele.

Vanuatu has outstanding companies that have long served both the large and small yachts and make it possible for superyachts and yachts to effectively visit Vanuatu.

The founding companies of VYSA are:

•             Yachting World (Marina and yacht and superyacht agents)

•             Port Vila Boatyard (Vanuatu’s Full Service Marine Repair & Haul Out Facility)

•             Vanuatu Yacht Services (Superyacht Agents)

•             Vanuatu Marine Surveyors and Consultants (Yacht, Superyacht and Ship surveys)

•             Nixon Sarai (Asanvari Bay Yacht Club)

VYSA is open to membership requests globally and within Vanuatu. Yachting professionals, yachting companies, and yacht owners who wish to help VYSA realize its goals are invited to contact the association. VYSA is looking for ambassadors and volunteers.

VYSA helps support and encourage yacht and superyacht charter in Vanuatu, while simultaneously supporting ecological and sustainable tourism and trade for remote communities in the outer islands. VYSA aims to achieve funding for entry level training for Ni-Vanuatu crew wishing to enter into the Superyacht industry. VYSA is also a portal to Vanuatu for potential investors and volunteers.

VYSA has a strong collaborative relationship with the people of Vanuatu and with the Vanuatu Government including the Department of Customs and the Department of Tourism. The VYSA is the established reference and dialogue liaison for all matters related to policy and implementation and other legal and bureaucratic matters relating to the sustainable development the countries yachting industry.

The cumulative experience and knowledge of the founding members both in Vanuatu and as longtime professionals in the yacht and superyacht industry provides a stable framework upon which to develop the Vanuatu yachting industry.