The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018 was held in Athens between 25th and 27th October, hosted by the Greek Marinas Association. The 10th Conference of its kind, the event was a great success thanks to the hard work of hosts and event organisers, as well as the sponsors and speakers that made the event possible. The hosts, Greek Marinas Association, provided a stimulating programme of topics, speakers and events under the theme: “Cross Sea Challenge for Marinas – Setting the Scene for Collective Development and Growth”.
Marina managers of the world met at the World Marina Conference to discuss the importance of marinas and waterfront redevelopment for economies, with a particular emphasis on how marina development can support the growth of boating, tourism and manufacturing markets. The conference is the only one of its kind, focusing in-depth on the marina industry on a global scale.
414 delegates from 40 countries attended the conference. This is a great success and Greek Marinas Association are to be commended on the great number of delegates. That said, the worldwide interest in the contents of the conference is not surprising, given that the marina industry has never been so economically significant, with marinas in developing markets impacting on the local economies, whilst globally marina markets grow, indicating a promising future for the industry. In emerging markets, boating and waterfront development is having a significant positive impact on local economies and job creation. The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018 delved deep in to this topic, drawing data and perspectives from Europe, Asia, the Americas and beyond.