ICOMIA announces dates and location for 2018 conference

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The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ World Marinas Conference, which will be held in Athens, Greece, Oct. 25-27, has released program details and opened registration.

More than 400 delegates are expected to take part in this three-day event to interact and openly debate with leading representatives from business, academia and politics, from Greece and abroad on “Cross-sea challenges for marinas: Setting the scene for collective development and growth.”

The three-day event will consist of two conference days and a day touring marinas in Athens.

Dr. Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott professor of materials chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the keynote speaker.

Sadoway will discuss his research in technologies making efficient use of energy; specifically, electricity storage by molten metal batteries.

There will also be a special report from John Kalogerakis, CEO of JMK Anthropocentric Corporate Training and People Development, on “Training Marinas the Anthropocentric Way.”

Theodosis Tassios, professor of the National Technical University of Athens, will deliver an opening address.

Delegates will also hear detailed reviews on the marina markets of the world, with an emphasis on America, Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, and Russian markets.

There will also be a large focus on Greece, which organizers say is becoming “the destination of choice for the coveted millennial boater looking for an adventure laced in mythical tales and told through ancient, sun-bleached ruins and dazzling blue seas.”

Experts from the country’s marina sector will showcase current major waterfront and marina projects and discuss the Greek concession model in marinas.

There will also be speakers presenting their expertise on electric boat propulsion, solar piers, floating houses and floating infrastructures.

Delegates will also learn about security issues at ports and marinas, oil pollution crisis management and marina marketing best practices. Other topics include superyacht charter and managing change in boating and ownership.

In addition, ICOMIA will present its latest policy papers, introduce its Environment Guide and explore global issues affecting marinas, such as new international guidelines for marina design and ISO regulations for ports.

ICOMIA and the Greek Marinas Association will offer early registration discounts until June 30.

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