Organisers of Yachting in Malta’s seminar report an extremely positive response, locally and internationally based on reservations already committed. Titled “Yachting in Malta: the Way Forward”, this year’s event focuses on how Malta is meeting demanding requirements to become an internationally recognised centre of superyacht excellence.
“This is really encouraging, naturally we expected local stakeholders and we certainly have not been disappointed,” said Wilfred Sultana, host of seminar, “But, as importantly, there has been a great response from outside Malta including international journalists who are taking this very seriously.”
Captains of superyachts currently in Malta have also confirmed their attendance as well as yachting journalists, Angelo Colombo, Nautica Superyacht (Italy), Leonieke Stolk, SuperYacht Industry (Netherlands), Karen Leggett, Yachting Matters (UK), and David Robinson, Superyacht Business (UK). Boat International, Showboats and Dockwalk will also be represented.
Organised by Wilfred Sultana & Associates, publishers of ‘Yachting in Malta’, in collaboration with Transport Malta and the International Superyacht Society with the Mediterranean Bank, S&D Yachts Ltd, Medcomms Ltd, Melita Marine Group, Kirton & Co Ltd, Palumbo MSY and The Palace Hotel are associate partners.
“The International Superyacht Society (ISS) sees this as a very important event not only for Malta but also for the superyacht industry in general, we are very honoured to be able to support it,” said Bransom Bean, Member of the ISS board.
Chaired by John A. Huber, President of the Malta Business Bureau and Board Member of Management of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Friday’s (29th April) morning seminar gets underway at The Palace Hotel in Sliema with registration at 0830 followed by presentations by both local and international speakers.
Dr. Austin Gatt, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications, opens discussing ‘Creating the right political & economic environment for the yachting industry’.
Local speakers include Michel Ganado, Business Advisor PwC speaking on the ‘Economic Assessment of the Superyacht Industry in Malta – Extract of a Study prepared for Transport Malta’; Dr. Ann Fenech, Vice Chairperson, Yachting Services Business Section (Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry), ‘Two Years On: Legal Developments’; Roland Darmanin Kissaun, a yachting entrepreneur with 40 year’s experience, ‘History-Present-Future of the Yachting Industry’ and Gino Cutajar, President, Super Yacht Industry Network – Malta, ‘The Superyacht Network: A Cluster of Service Providers’.
Two foreign speakers, Bransom Bean and Captain Clive Carrington-Wood, Captain of Superyacht Metsuyan IV, will explore respectively ‘Fundamentals in building a successful package for the superyacht industry’ and ‘Why Malta? A Captain’s Perspective’.
Wilfred Sultana will make the closing remarks.
Patrons are the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Communications, the Yachting Services Business Section (Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry), the Super Yacht Industry Network – Malta, and the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM).