by Kate Duryea
The increasing role of women in the marine industry is acknowledged by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with a new series of activities - Women on Water.
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
The 23rd Show, staged at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, Australia, will host a series of events and activities to celebrate Women on Water.
This includes seminars, fashion parades, skipper training aimed at women by a female skipper and female-focused lunches with entertainment and giveaways. Show dates are Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22 from 9am to 5pm daily.
Sanctuary Cove General Manager Events and Marketing, Sue Thomson, says research shows women are an increasingly important marketing sector for consumer spending and wealth.
'The Boston Consulting Group has found women control $US20 trillion in consumer spending around the world and the figure is growing annually. The study found women take care of household finances in many instances,' she said. Other research indicates disposable incomes are highest among women aged 45 to 54 years in the US and in the next decade, US women will control two-thirds of the consumer wealth in that country.
'Our Women on Water program recognises the role of women in decision making – whether it be expenditure on a new boat or the trend of women to set up their own businesses.
'Each year we try to keep the Show relevant to both the marine industry and those interested to be involved with boating. This initiative reflects changing market trends,' she said. Most events within the Women on Water program are free, included within the Boat Show ticket price. Some lunch events require bookings and payments.
As part of the Women on Water program, the Queensland Marine Training Services will provide two skipper training sessions each day at 11am and 2pm aimed at women aboard a 42ft Steber vessel. As numbers are limited, bookings are essential via Sanctuary Cove on (07) 55 77 6011 (+61 7 55 77 6011).
In other news, details of the Marine Queensland fishing and boating seminars have been released.
The fishing program offers a range of topics by industry professionals including 'Big Tailor from Surf Beaches'; 'Gold Coast Spotties and Spaniards'; 'Wild Caught Barra – Kakadu to the Pilbara'; 'Kayak Fishing in the Upper Estuaries Regions' and 'Planning that Round Australia Fishing Trip.'
Boating seminars include 'Boat Security' and 'Boat Handling Tips' and topics on current issues impacting the Australian marine industry with 'Bio Regional Planning – Marine Closures and Exclusion Zones' and an 11am daily session on 'Grey Imports – The Pitfalls of Importing Your Own'. All boating and fishing seminars are free, included as part of visitor Boat Show entry tickets.
The Show currently has 320 exhibitors with 46 world and Australian marine product and service launches confirmed with many more to come.
Riviera will launch two new models into the world market at Sanctuary Cove – the 53 Flybridge and 61 Series II Flybridge while E Marine is displaying the Back Cove 30 motor yacht in an Australasian boat show launch
The Hydra-Sports 3000CC will be launched in the southern hemisphere at the Show. Exhibitor ipmarine is showcasing two models of new Linssen vessels for the first time in Australia.
Mercury’s new 350 Amanzi is likely to draw interest as will new releases by exhibitor RIB Force Inflatables in the AB Inflatable range.
New sail boats at the Show include the Salina 48 Evolution and the revamped Orana 44 sailing catamaran displayed by exhibitor Multihull Solutions. Team Windcraft showcases the Hanse 355 in an Australian release along with the Hanse 445 and Moody 41 Classic.
There’s a huge range of new accessories with DeckHardware’s introduction of the Unimer Marine collection of mooring compensators and GME’s G-Series with a chartplotter G.Plot, fishfinder G.Fish and combination unit G.Combo unveiled in the Australian market.
Exhibitor JN Taylor and Company Ltd is showcasing Furuno’s BBDS1 Bottom Discrimination Sounder; the Maxsea Timezero Professional Fishing software Maxsea PLOT; and Maretron’s latest technology for engine and vessel monitoring, the DSM800.
As with each year, there is a daily schedule of events with live radio broadcasts, cooking demonstrations by Club Marine chef Bart Beek, roving musicians all included in the Boat Show entry ticket price. Online ticket prices are $A22 one day adult; $A19 one day concession; $A40 two-day adult and $A75 four-day adult. Children 14 years and under have free entry.
VIP packages are now available including luxury accommodation and helicopter transfers. View details and book directly through Cove Travel on www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au
President Monte Carlo Yachts S.p.A Carla Demaria is guest speaker at the Australian Marine Industry breakfast staged at the Show on Friday, May 20. This is a ticketed event and bookings are open.
Club Marine is a sponsor. Media partners include BoatPoint.com.au, Channel 7, 4KQ, Trade a Boat and 92.5 Gold FM. Maritime Safety Queensland is a government supporter. Barz Optics is providing quality sunglasses for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show management and team.
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is a member of the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO), the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Marine Queensland.
More at www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au