Good turnout forecast for Marinas 2007

AUSTRALIA – Up to 250 delegates are expected to attend Marinas 2007 next month on Australia’s Gold Coast to examine the latest trends in the international marina development and operation marketplace, organizers reported in a release yesterday.

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

Marina experts from around the globe will attend Marinas 2007, which is jointly hosted by the Marina Industries Association of Australia and the New Zealand Marina Operators Association. The event will be held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort from May 28 to 30, immediately following the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

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 organizing committee.

“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,” Harvey said.

Keynote speakers include marina management expert and former International Marina Institute president, Larry Halgren; dry-storage expert Tim Timpson; marina fork lift designer and manufacturer, Mike Wiggins; Oscar Siches, a consultant to marina developers in Europe and Dubai; and Dr. Ed Mahoney of Michigan State University and the Recreational Marine Research Center.

“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,” Harvey said.

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