Colombia keynote speaker will focus on sustainable marinas

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Cartagena International Boat Show keynote speaker Esteban Biondi, who will come to the show this weekend on behalf of the USA Pavilion, will address the development of sustainable marinas in Colombia.

Biondi is an international consultant who specializes in marinas, urban waterfront and coastal development projects.

"The goal of the National Plan of Nautical Tourism is to consolidate the country as a nautical reference, with marinas that have the capacity for more than 11,000 vessels and a complementary selection of over 150 companies of nautical activities located in modern bases,” Colombia vice minister of commerce, industry and tourism Sandra Howard Taylor said in a statement.

Biondi will address the process for the development and planning of these marinas, specifically how engineering, economic feasibility, market research and procurement should be integrated in the development process.

Biondi is with the international consulting company Applied Technology & Management, which over three decades has created a team dedicated to specialized marina consulting services. He is also passionate about proactively considering social and environmental issues in the marina design process as a means to enhance the experiential value of the projects.

“Few people talk about this, but I know many Colombians who are committed to developing projects with social responsibility. I hope to help them achieve their goals of creating sustainable marinas and coastal resort destinations,” Biondi said.

The educational program will be held during the boat show, which starts Saturday and will continue through Monday.

Biondi is scheduled to speak for an hour on Sunday and Monday.

Malpelo Foundation director Sandra Bessudo will offer a presentation titled “Antarctic Mammals” about the first Colombian expedition to Antarctica.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association-sponsored USA Pavilion will feature more than 20 exhibitors from the United States, ranging from boat manufacturers to shrink-wrapping technology.

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