NMMA, ICOMIA and ASONÁUTICA partner to launch Colombia International Nautical Congress

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations together with its members National Marine Manufacturers Association and Asociación Náutica de Colombia  announced plans Monday for a new conference in Colombia.

The groups will produce the International Nautical Congress of Colombia, April 27-29, 2016, in Cartagena de Indias, to promote the country’s recreational boating industry.

Attendees of the Congress will participate in two days of networking and education to learn about opportunities in Colombia. The Congress will also feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions as well as a marina tour to give attendees a glimpse of some of the existing boating infrastructure and facilities. Topics to be covered throughout the Congress include “Why Colombia? Why Now?”, “A Drone’s View of Marina Development in Colombia”, and “Understanding the Needs of the Colombian Marine Market.”

“Colombia’s recreational boating industry has tremendous growth potential and is an emerging boating market for the global marine industry,” said Thom Dammrich, ICOMIA and NMMA president. “By attending the Congress, participating marine businesses can learn more about opportunities for recreational boating and the necessary steps to take to get involved.”

ANC joined ICOMIA as its 35th full-member in May 2015. The aim of the organization is to enable growth and competitiveness in the Colombian marine industry; as well as to create and develop business opportunities and contribute to the strengthening of the nautical culture within the country, boosting activities such as marinas, yacht clubs, marinas, shipyards, distributors and dealers of boats, nautical tourism service providers, water sports, sailors, among others.

“For the national government of Colombia, growing recreational boating industry is a priority,” stated Antonella Farah, Executive Director of ANC. “The vice president of the Republic of Colombia (German Vargas Lleras) has placed a high sense of commitment to recreational boating by, for the first time in 17 years, reducing bureaucratic hurdles for marina development and evaluating marine regulations.”

Early bird registration for the Congress opens this week. Marine industry association representatives, boat builders, accessory and component manufacturers, dock and marine equipment manufacturers, marina developers, yacht and charter brokers, investors, maritime attorneys and insurance representatives, and tourist agents are all encouraged to attend. Given recreational boating’s growth potential in Colombia, marine industry professionals from around the globe will want to save the date for the International Nautical Congress of Colombia.

For more information on the International Nautical Congress of Colombia and to register for the event, visit www.colombianautica.com. To learn more about becoming an exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact the NMMA at international@nmma.org or contact NMMA’s Julie Balzano directly at jbalzano@nmma.org.

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  1. What a great event to attend and discover all that is happening in Colombia in one place during a short period of time, with beautiful Cartagena as the host city for this exciting, once in a lifetime, conference.

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