News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Gold Coast port for global marina forum

Gold Coast port for global marina forum

'Location Map for Marinas 2007'   
Marina experts from around the globe will dock on the Gold Coast next month for Marinas 2007, a major conference that will examine latest trends in the international marina development and operation marketplace.

The significant marina forum showcases yet another aspect of the massive marine industry sector which employs more than 4,500 people locally and is worth over $550 million per year to the Gold Coast economy.

Jointly hosted by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) and the New Zealand Marina Operators Association, Marinas 2007 is set to attract up to 250 worldwide delegates to the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort from May 28 to 30.

Immediately following the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 24-27), now one of the biggest boating showcases in the Asia-Pacific region, it will put the Gold Coast firmly in the spotlight as a leading marine industry destination.

Marinas 2007 will present some 30 national and international speakers on topics including marina design, sustainable marina development, management systems and future industry challenges.

The conference has attracted widespread industry and government support and participation, says MIAA director and Runaway Bay Marina general manager, Mike Harvey, who is chair of the Marinas 2007 organising committee.

'Speakers, exhibitors and delegates will converge on the coast from around Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, USA, UK, Middle East and South Africa. 'Both Gold Coast City Council and the State Government, through Marine Safety Queensland and the Department of State Development and Trade, are strong backers, recognising the importance of the industry to our region,' he said.

'The level of industry commitment is exceptional, with major sponsorship coming from Bellingham Marine, a global leader in design, manufacture and construction, and the Gold Coast's award-winning producer of marine berthing, boat lift systems and pontoons, Superior Marinas.'

Mr Harvey said international marina equipment, product and service providers have contributed strong sponsorship support, with companies involved including Pacific Softworks,Marathon Products and Waubaushene Pumps from New Zealand, and Marine Travelift Inc, Wiggins Lift Co Inc, and Krause Manufacturing, all USA-based and active worldwide.

Key interstate sponsors d'Albora Marinas, Rocla, Transponder Technologies, insurers IC Frith & Associates, Patron Power, Steelpipes Pty Ltd and Petrolink are joined by local sponsors ClubSource (software) Marine Technologies (service pedestals), and Fox Environmental Systems from the Sunshine Coast.

'The Gold Coast is home to some 14 large-scale marinas and many more smaller berthing and service facilities so it is the ideal destination for a major forum examining the technologies, strategies, issues and trends affecting the industry,' Mr Harvey said.

Keynote speakers include marina management expert and former International Marina Institute president, Larry Halgren from Washington USA, dry storage expert Tim Timpson from South Florida, USA, California-based marina fork lift designer and manufacturer, Mike Wiggins and, from Spain, Oscar Siches, a consultant to marina developers in Europe and Dubai.

Government and marine authority delegates will also be keenly interested in an address by Dr Ed Mahoney from the United States, who recently completed an economic impact study of the marine industry in the Great Lakes and the value of the boating community to that region.

'This will give us a tremendous insight into what the industry is actually worth to coastal and river-based communities and how these communities can best develop their resource for maximum benefit,' Mr Harvey said. 'For marina operators, developers, consultants, suppliers, service providers, government agencies and anyone seeking to broaden their knowledge and contacts in this dynamic sector, Marinas 2007 is an important event.'

The conference will include a field trip to Gold Coast City Marina, which has reported it currently has berthed luxury yachts with a total value in excess of $400 million.

by Tony Castles


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

11:55 AM Mon 23 Apr 2007 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Related News Stories:

01 Jul 2014  SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas
12 Jun 2014  Two marina accreditations for Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina, Dubai
03 Jun 2014  GMI Announces International Marina Scholarship Winners
27 May 2014  Queensland marina tour attracts global participants
27 May 2014  GMI to Have Strong Presence at World Marina Conference
13 May 2014  Released today: Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey Report
12 Apr 2014  Gold Anchor accreditation for two Australian marinas
12 Apr 2014  Gold Anchor accreditation for two Australian marinas
11 Mar 2014  Chinese marinas awarded International Gold Anchor Status
18 Feb 2014  Gladstone Marina Awarded Gold Anchor Accreditation

News - USA and the World

International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine /,

Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/,

Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA

Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,

2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT