This roundup of shows and events includes news from Maine Built Boats' Global Outreach Conference and the Singapore Yacht Show.
Maine Built Boats hosted its first annual Global Outreach Conference on Dec. 6 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.
Those who attended learned about advancements in marine systems, new ideas in closed molding, digital media strategies and team development ideas. They also were able to network with many vendors to the Maine boatbuilding industry. Organizers said attendees and exhibitors alike left with new connections and new ideas to apply to their businesses.
"I have sat in a number of marine industry meetings over the last 13 years and this, the MBB one, was the most beneficial to our business," Yankee Marina and Boatyard’s Adam White said in a statement.
In addition to the workshops, the conference hosted Maine businessman Eliot Cutler. He delivered a keynote address encouraging the boatbuilding industry to pursue international marketing to expand the state's export industry.
"We're thrilled with the attendance and the quality of our workshops and vendors," Maine Built Boats president Jon Johansen said in a statement. "We're reaching out to our members to find out what they want more of in the future."
Maine Built Boats is planning a follow-up event next year to continue supporting its members as the industry grows and expands.
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The Singapore Yacht Show will open a day earlier next year, allowing exhibitors to make the most of what organizers said is the mounting momentum of luxury yachting in Asia.
After initial requests from several important local exhibitors, participants and stakeholders unanimously agreed that the event will open on Thursday, April 18, and run until Sunday, April 21, at the One 15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove.
Managing director Andy Treadwell said in a statement that his team acknowledges the high cost and logistical effort of bringing a vessel and an exhibition team to a yacht show and that the date extension will allow exhibitors and visitors to maximize the networking opportunity the show presents.
“Extending by a day to the more normal four days allows the exhibitors to enjoy maximum exposure to this very important emerging yachting and boating market and for new buyers to gain full insight into the luxury marine leisure lifestyle,” he said.
Russell Morris, managing director of American super-builder Palmer Johnson, said the company sees Asia as an important long-term market.
“The Singapore Yacht Show is an ideal platform for us to interact with Asia’s new wealth,” he said in a statement. “We are looking forward to seeing the event continue to grow and prosper.”
Heading into its third year, the show is attracting more superyacht, luxury boat and car brands than ever before.
Tailored to Asia’s rapidly-increasing community of ultra-high net worth individuals, the 2013 event also will incorporate a fine art exhibition, a supercar show and a VIP gala evening at the new W Singapore–Sentosa Cove. There also will be evening parties and social events on board the participating yachts and in newly opened bars and restaurants that line the palm tree-dotted boardwalks surrounding the show.
Some 250 key industry players will attend the 5th Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference on Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17. The event's organizers also have announced the inaugural Singapore Private Jet Forum, which will run alongside the superyacht industry conference.
The two events will be followed by a one-day Luxury Summit, held in conjunction with show partners Robb Report, on Friday, April 19, at the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove.
“For six days there will be a concentration of key people meeting and discussing the luxury leisure lifestyle industries emerging in Asia,” Treadwell said. “As far as we know this will be the first time such a series of complementary events will be held in Southeast Asia. There is no doubt in our minds, as organizers, that such a synergetic gathering will have a tremendous impact and help drive business to the show.”