Impressive speaker line-up at ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2016


RAI Amsterdam, in partnership with the ICOMIA Marinas Group and HISWA Holland Marine Industry Association, has released the speaker line-up for the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, to be held 17 – 19 November 2016 in Amsterdam.

With this year’s theme ‘Future of marinas in a changing world’ in mind, over forty world-class experts will present their views and inspire the delegates. Keynote speaker Adjiedj Bakas will share his distinct – somewhat provocative but always positive – vision on the world and future developments.

The conference offers an exceptional learning experience for professionals in the marina and nautical tourism fields. Three days of innovation, inspiration, best practices, insider-insights, market solutions and site visits will provide the knowledge and tools to get ahead in the global marina industry.

“The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, ICOMIA World Marinas Conference is the initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s (IMG) ‘Outreach and Support Programme’. This year, our dedicated ‘Contents Committee’, consisting of key members from IMG, HISWA and RAI Amsterdam, has focused on securing a host of innovative expert speakers from across the globe. They will lead delegates in dialogue and debate – hoping to spark real conversation and generate new ideas on topics and themes relevant to the international marina industry”, comments ICOMIA President Jouko Huju.

High quality conference programme With more than 40 speakers from in and outside the industry, representing leading organisations from all over the world, the ninth edition of ICOMIA World Marinas Conference promises to deliver a very high programme quality. Speakers include Gary Groenewold (Westrec Marinas), Elio Ciralli (Envitek), Carol Fulford (Marina World) and Kenny Jones (IGY Marinas). The topics of the plenary sessions will be the state of the global marina industry, new opportunities in emerging markets different approaches to marina management and uniting public and private sector. Breakout sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to learn about and discuss new ideas in marina development, innovative solutions in marina operations, marketing and customer care, the diversity of regulations and legislation related to marinas and boating, financing, and environmental legislation. On Friday morning 18 November there will be a special matchmaking event, invaluable for on-going business success. Registration for this event will be available mid-September. See for more detailed programme information.

Social events and Marinas Tour Day one will end with a Welcoming Dinner at the Harbour Club, a unique location in Amsterdam, to network and celebrate in style. On day three, Saturday 19 November, the marina tour will visit some of the best Dutch state of the art marinas in the Northern part of Holland, including Marina Volendam, Marina Enkhuizen and Marina Muiderzand. A specially designed partner programme includes, among other things, a canal boat tour through Amsterdam, a visit to the international renowned diamond factory Gassan Diamonds and a visit to the Rijksmuseum.

Early bird registration until 1 August ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2016 is a must attend business-to-business event for all marina owners, operators and developers. Registering before 1 August, will award attendees an early bird discount. Register today at

About ICOMIA World Marinas Conference The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters and port and harbour operators. The event is set to attract over 300 international marina delegates from over 30 countries and is held biennually. The conference will take place in the brand new building of RAI Amsterdam, the “Amtrium”, adjacent to the METSTRADE Show (15 – 17 November) and offers a complete week of marina and yard content.