Esteban Biondi announced as keynote speaker at Cartagena International Boat Show

Miami – Esteban Biondi will be the keynote speaker at the Cartagena International Boat Show (CIBS). The boat show’s educational program will be held during the three-day event from March 21-23, 2015 at the Convention Center Cartagena de Indias. Biondi is scheduled to speak for an hour on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

Biondi is an international consultant specializing in marinas, urban waterfront, and coastal development projects who comes to the boat show as part of the USA Pavilion, sponsored by National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA).

In the words of Sandra Howard Taylor, Vice Minister of Commerce for the Industry and Tourism of Colombia, “the goal of the National Plan of Nautical Tourism is to consolidate the country as a nautical reference, with marinas that have the capacity for more than 11,000 vessels and a complementary selection of over 150 companies of nautical activities located in modern bases.”

Biondi will address the process for the development and planning of these marinas, specifically how engineering, economic feasibility, market research and procurement should be integrated in the development process. Biondi is with the international consulting company ATM (Applied Technology & Management), which over three decades has created a team dedicated to specialized marina consulting services. He is also passionate about proactively considering social and environmental issues in the marina design process as a means to enhance the experiential value of the projects.

“Few people talk about this, but I know many Colombians who are committed to developing projects with social responsibility. I hope to help them achieve their goals of creating sustainable marinas and coastal resort destinations,” said Biondi.

Other speakers will participate in the agenda, as is the case with Sandra Bessudo, director of MalpeloFoundation, who will make a presentation about the first Colombian expedition to Antarctica entitled Antarctic Mammals.

“I had the opportunity to expand the knowledge and database of marine mammals in the Southern Ocean, in order to contribute as a country with our research of these species, generating input that endorsed the connectivity to our exclusive economic region, and thereby strengthening mutual cooperative strategies,” Bessudo said.

The boat show will also feature exhibitors from around the world, showcasing the newest boats, as well as the latest cutting-edge electronics, engines and marine accessories. In addition, the NMMA will feature over 20 exhibitors from the United States at the USA Pavilion, ranging from boat manufacturers to shrink-wrapping technology.

“This boat show in Cartagena de Indias confirms the importance of the city in all aspects of the growing business of nautical tourism. Due to its geographical position, its coasts, island territories and its tourist, Cartagena is ideal for this annual event that showcases the latest developments to Colombians and foreigners alike,” said Zully Salazar, chief executive for Cartagena Tourism Corporation.

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