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Australian marine expo returns in May

The fifth annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo runs May 21-24 in Australia and features products ranging from kayaks to superyachts and from personal watercraft to fishing equipment.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate will open the event at the Club Marine main stage at 10:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard waterfront.

Organizers said the expo, now in its fifth year, was established by marine industry leaders with very little funding. To date, the non-profit has attracted tens of thousands of people to the Gold Coast and Queensland and helped donate more than $68,000 to community causes and charities.

Organizers also said the event showcases the largest marine precinct in Australia, where more than 13,000 boats are built each year for domestic and international markets, more than 6,000 boats are slipped, serviced and repaired or refitted each year, more than 2,000 people are employed and where the value of the supply chain to all marine businesses that operate within the marine precinct runs into hundreds of millions of dollars.

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