NMMA sees high demand for Colombian show space

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Colombia Nautica said today that exhibit space is filling fast for the 2017 Feria Internacional Colombia Nautica, a new boat show that will take place April 27-30 in the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias.

The inaugural show, supported by the NMMA and its 100 years of boat show production experience, will feature an on-water exhibition of new and used boats, along with an indoor exhibition for companies to display products and services in a world-class exhibition center, the Centro de Convenciones.

“Enthusiasm for the show has been building, and we are excited to feature brands such as Azimut, Ferretti, Princess, Bavaria, Todomar, Eduardono, AB Inflatables, Boston Whaler, Sea Ray, along with accessories, marinas and nautical service providers,” Colombia Nautica and show director Miguel Anghel Franco said in a statement. “Additionally, the show will feature a USA Pavilion produced by the NMMA.”

After the successful Colombia Nautica International Congress last April, which the NMMA said proved Colombia was ready for a premier recreational boating event, planning for the new boat show got underway.

Because of many privately funded marina projects and several public projects under design as part of the national plan for nautical tourism, Colombia is home to a burgeoning recreational boating industry, the NMMA said.

“The Nautical Association of Colombia (Asonautica) remains engaged with Colombian government entities to ensure the continued growth and development of our industry. This premier boat show is a key component that will further unify our industry and foster new opportunities throughout our country,” said Frank Londono, ANC president.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations, or ICOMIA, is also hosting its annual ICOMIA Marinas Group meeting in Colombia on April 25. The event will include tours of Cartagena, Santa Marta and Puerto Velero.

Recognizing that a key factor in growing a sustainable recreational marine industry is developing marine infrastructure, the ICOMIA Marinas Group seeks to improve the sharing and exchange of information with respect to the development and best practice management of marinas, boat storage facilities, boating access and associated infrastructure throughout the world, the NMMA said.

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