ICOMIA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, recently presented its 9th edition of the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference on November 17-19, 2016 in Amsterdam.
Formed in 1966, ICOMIA is an international trade association representing the marine industry and strives to bring to all involved bodies together on a global level. ICOMIA boasts an impressive number of members, of which represent over 39 countries across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Perhaps ICOMIA’s most well-known event is the World Marinas Conference major gathering, which provides marina owners, operators, developers, consultants and more industry professionals a platform to network, exchange ideas and learn about the latest innovations in marina product and technology. Occurring once every two years, the WMC is a travelling event that has been hosted at different venues all around the world since 1993.
This year ICOMIA World Marinas Conference was organized by and held at Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The biennial, 3-day event was attended by more than 200 people from across the recreational marine industry and hosted by Holland Marine Industry Association, the premier boat show organizers in the Netherlands. With a theme of, “Future of marinas in a changing world,” the 2016 WMC focused on topics like new opportunities in emerging markets, the current state of the maritime industry and different port management approaches. The 2016 WMC offered event-goers and opportunity to attend interactive panel discussions, various breakout sessions, a tour of some of the best Dutch marinas and presentations.
Among the many featured presenters was Kenny Jones, Executive Vice President of Operations of Island Global Yachting (IGY). Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and founded in 2005 by Andrew Farkas, the Island Capital Yachting is a premier owner, developer and manager of luxury marinas. From the US Virgin Islands USVI to Turks and Caicos, IGY owns and manages marinas in some of the worlds’ most desirable yachting destination.