Marina managers from around the world met in Athens Oct. 24-27 for the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, hosted by the Greek Marinas Association. The event drew 414 delegates from 40 countries to discuss the importance of marinas and waterfront redevelopment, with an emphasis on how marina development can support the growth of boating, tourism and manufacturing.
The theme for the conference was “Cross Sea Challenge for Marinas – Setting the Scene for Collective Development and Growth.” Areas of focus included electric propulsion, solar piers, floating houses and infrastructure. There were also presentations on security at ports and marinas, oil pollution crisis management and marina marketing.
A day of marina tours allowed delegates to learn about the Greek marina market and how common issues have been solved there.
With international pressures on boating and associated industries, from steel tariffs to environmental legislation, the international forum provided an opportunity to speak with one voice, according to the group.
“Greek Marinas Association did a wonderful job as hosts of the World Marinas Conference,” Martinho Fortunato said in a statement. Fortunato is ICOMIA Marina Groups chair and CEO of Marlagos, which owns the 462-berth Marina de Lagos in Algarve, Portugal. “The conference has provided many opportunities for in-depth discussion of key issues and future trends and demonstrated that it is up to us as an industry to take a proactive approach in leading and facilitating change.”