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Colombia plans boating conference in April

The NMMA is partnering with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and Asociación Náutica de Colombia.

Colombia is partnering with established marine groups to host a conference as it prepares to catch its recreational boating infrastructure up with growing demand.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is partnering with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and Asociación Náutica de Colombia, also known as Asonáutica, to produce the International Congress of Colombia from April 27-29.

The conference, set to occur in Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, is to promote the country’s growing recreational boating industry.

Conferees will participate in two days of networking and education to learn about opportunities in Colombia, the NMMA said.

The event also will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions, and a marina tour to give conferees a glimpse of some of the existing boating infrastructure and facilities.

The country has seen the most movement in the last few months as it has in 17 years, with four new marina projects expected to break ground within the next year. Colombia has seen a sharp rise in recreational boating interest, but has lacked the infrastructure to support growth.

The four projects would add about 300 slips in and around Cartagena, and several others are in earlier phases of approval, according to Asonáutica.

Fifteen additional projects are in various phases of receiving an initial approval from DMAR, the military department in charge of protecting the ocean, said Antonella Farah Louis, who heads up AsoNautica, via Julie Balzano, the export director for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, who interpreted for Trade Only Today.

Changing rules have enabled projects to move forward more quickly and not get hung up awaiting approvals.

Marine industry association representatives, boatbuilders, accessory and component manufacturers, dock and marine equipment manufacturers, marina developers, yacht and charter brokers, investors, maritime lawyers and insurance representatives, and tourist agents are encouraged to attend the conference.

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