At the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, membership of TransEurope Marinas will hit 50 marinas when membership applications by 4 new marinas are officially ratified.
The new marinas are Upton Marina (UK), Puerto Deportivo Gijón (Spain), Jachthaven Wetterwille (Holland) and the 50th, Beaulieu River, Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour (UK), all of which will add further cruising opportunities for berth holders within the TransEurope Marinas group.
The TransEurope Marina group is the largest network of European marinas offering reciprocal benefits for visiting boat owners from member marinas. The group is operated and administered voluntarily by a Committee, elected by the membership. The principal benefit is a period of discounted berthing in quality marinas where first class facilities and customer service are the norm and not the exception.
Formed in 1983 with just five marinas, Mayflower (Plymouth), Dart (Dartmouth), Swanwick (Southampton), Jersey (Channel Islands) and Moulin Blanc (Brest), the association was originally known as Transmanche Marinas.
In 2006, following interest from other marinas within the EU it was decided to change the name to TransEurope Marinas in 2006 to reflect the geography of the membership.
Expansion has been rapid in recent years and the current Chair, Melanie Symes, from Puerto Calero Marina in Lanzarote, commented: “We are delighted to have increased TransEurope membership to 50 locations. We believe that this reflects the desire of discerning marina operators to encourage cruising, to stimulate more visitors to come to their marinas and most importantly in the current economic climate, to offer their own customers the added value of the benefits of TransEurope membership.”
In addition to berth holder benefits, member marina owners enjoy collaboration through the exchange of best practice ideas, training, networking and the formation of area “clusters” within the group.
A recent study by Dawn Robins of the University of Chichester entitled Clustering and the Economic Impacts of Marinas concludes that …marinas themselves also need to be aware of their potential and make best use of their location, geography and service provision. Enhancing their uniqueness and expanding on niche markets will enable collaboration without competitive threat”
A cruising berth holder at a TransEurope member marina recently wrote: The TransEurope Marina membership card we received is one of the best things we have made use of in a long time. We have visited several marinas in this group. All these marinas appear to have a high standard and we were well impressed with the membership discount given.
TransEurope membership seems to benefit all its stakeholders.
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