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MBN Editorial

The lead up to Christmas is always exciting/stressful/chaotic – but this year in our family, we have decided to stay home, limit the gifts and the expense, eat our fill at a hotel restaurant feast on Christmas day and enjoy the simple things that money can't buy – family, friends and time relaxing in the pool, in front of the box or catching up on some sleep.

Whatever your plans, this is the ideal time of year to consider your business goals and strategies for 2009. Fortunately, financial pundits anticipate the ‘recession' taking an ‘upward turn' around May next year, so that's a beacon on the horizon.

For many, cutting the marketing and PR budgets is part of general reduction of overheads, but our experts say that's precisely what your competitors hope you'll do. As food for thought, take a look at the 'PR or Perish'-themed piece this week.

Also this issue we look at shows including PIMEX, Dubai, the recent Emirates show and, in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, we'll be updating you on plans for the 2009 Mumbai Boat Show. We also have full coverage of the Kings Cup in Phuket, where our Sail-World team is on location for the racing and festivities.

There are plenty of product launches, local news, views and information, so please visit as often as you have a chance for the latest in marine business.

As I tuck in to a slice of fruit cake and anticipate white Christmas for lunch, my advice is get your shopping done early, enjoy the sights, savour the aromas of the food halls, the sticky puddings and salty hams and enjoy the last few weeks before the end of what has been an eventful year.


Jeni Bone, Editor



PR spells Prosperity
Jeni Bone,
It may be tempting to cut the advertising budget during any 'downturn in the economy', but according to the experts, smart businesses do just the opposite and, in fact, focus on PR and media relations to ride out the tough times.... [more]


Mumbai on track for Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
In the wake of last week's tragic terror attacks in Mumbai, the boat show organisers have stated that the February 2009 event is well on track to being a safe, secure and successful one.... [more]


BIA Vic appoints new directors
BIA VIC,
The Boating Industry Association (BIA) of Victoria has elected three new Directors to its Board.... [more]


Missing Sailor - Phil Yeomans - found
Sail-World,
Popular MHYC sailor and industry identity Phil Yeomans went missing on Sunday night, but he is now safe and well.... [more]


PIMEX 2008 - less than 2 days to go!
PIMEX Media,
PIMEX 2008 will take place from Dec 4th to Dec 7th at the new Royal Phuket Marina exhibition And Conference Centre. Fully supported by The Tourism Authority of Thailand, The Sports Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)... [more]


Researchers warn of coral crisis
Jeni Bone,
Marine researchers fear the Great Barrier Reef will suffer more coral bleaching than normal over the next 12 months because of rising sea temperatures.... [more]


Hot, dry, wet, high temps - coming soon!
Jeni Bone,
While the omnipotent Weather Bureau is predicting a hotter than usual summer for South Australia, Queenslanders should be battening the hatches for a windy, wet and wild summer.... [more]


Dubai Marina Yacht Club opens leisure precinct
Jeni Bone,
Hailed as 'a city within a city', a new marina-based leisure experience has officially opened adjacent to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, positioning the venue as a premier destination for marine enthusiasts from around the globe.... [more]


Paradise Point Sailing Club launches Holiday Camps
Frank Karlovecz,
In line with the Paradise Point Sailing Club's philosophy and commitment to fostering sailing as a lifestyle, the Club has launched its school holiday camp program.... [more]


Hampton Motor Yachts – a genuine class act
Dean Leigh-Smith,
Dean Leigh-Smith returned last week from the renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and while there he was able to evaluate one of the company's latest creations, the Hampton Endurance 650.... [more]

Postponed: Peninsula AquaFest 2009
Peninsula Partnerships,
Peninsula AquaFest is committed to remaining a free, access all event;however the tough economic environment has meant some of our sponsors have deferred their commitment until the 2009/2010 financial year.... [more]


BIA Victoria helps members contain costs
BIA VIC,
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has frozen its membership and boat show fees to help its members contain costs during the economic downturn.... [more]

New CEO appointed to NMSC
NMSC,
The National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC)'s Independent Chairman Neil Aplin today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Margie O'Tarpey, effective 6 January 2009.... [more]


Massive Marine Industry Boost to Queensland
Kylie Jacobson,
The largest ship lifter in the Southern Hemisphere has been launched in Brisbane, putting Queensland on the international maritime map and opening the door for a strong expansion of Australia's marine industry.... [more]


Maritimo on track for Dubai
Bob Wonders,
Scheduled for December 6 and December 13, the two Class I events comprise rounds of the World and Middle East Class 1 championships.... [more]


King's Cup: 'Start spreading the news...'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Arriving at the office half an hour later, I went on line and uploaded the story shortly afterwards - and assuming that there were people coming here from all over the world, it was sent straight to all the Sail-World.com newsletter subscribers in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe and the USA - about 150,000 in total. And it appeared on the respective editions' websites.... [more]


2012 Olympic Sailing venue completed
ODA media,
The UK Olympic Delivery Authority has completed its construction work on the first venue for the 2012 Games it was announced today as work was completed on new enhanced sailing facilities at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]


Mumbai attack claims charter magnate
Jeni Bone,
A British millionaire, 73-year old Andreas Liveras, has been gunned down in his hotel room in Mumbai just minutes after the he spoke to the BBC via telephone about the ordeal at the Taj hotel.... [more]


QE2 arrives in her final home, Dubai
Jeni Bone,
With more than 10,000,000 miles under her belt (or should that be bilge?), and having hosted around 2.5 million passengers in her 41 years, the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 was welcomed to its final destination of Dubai yesterday, Wednesday 26 November.... [more]


Study to identify location and storage of vessels
NSW Government Media,
The State's boating regulator, NSW Maritime, will undertake a comprehensive boat ownership and storage study, Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi has announced.... [more]


Win a Mariner Boating trip to Croatia Yacht Rally
Sandman PR,
Mariner Boating Holidays has put up for grabs a trip for two to the Croatia Yacht Rally as part of its support of the 2009 Variety Splash.... [more]


Innovation from Superior Jetties
Superior Jetties,
Superior Jetties, has released the first concept images and information for an innovative new berthing system to be released in 2009.... [more]


Emirates Boat Show aligns with prestige brands
Jeni Bone,
Over 150 yacht makers and distributors from around the world are participating in the Emirates Boat Show International, which was inaugurated Wednesday 26 November by Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council.... [more]


Port of Airlie: Poised for marine boom
Jeni Bone,
Airlie is poised to profit from a multi-million dollar project that will put it on the map as a holiday destination, part of the collaboration of a highly respected environmentalist, an equally acclaimed architect and an award-winning developer with vision and commitment.... [more]




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