TransEurope Marinas President, Jean-Michel Gaigné recalls this year’s ICOMIA World Marinas Conference
Over the last week in October, Athens was transformed into the international Capital of the Marina Industry. The ICOMIA World Marina Conference was held in the beautiful Stravros Niarchos Conference centre, gathering about 400 delegates, speakers, sponsors and Greek official representatives, while a group of marina managers participated in the GMI “Advanced Marina Manager” course, in a local marina.
In both cases, TransEurope Marinas was well represented. Alberto Sonino, from La Certosa Marina, in Venice, and Simone Morgan, from Whitehaven Marina both completed the AMM course to become Certified Marina Managers, and was later awarded their certificate on stage at the conference.
This World Marina Conference was especially successful, using a global perspective to address all the critical issues facing the marina industry, as well as exploring topics that shed light on the current situation and future of the marina business. New ideas, trends and developments, innovations in electricity storage, changes in boat ownership patterns, international guidelines and standards, marina operations and marketing, and the role of marinas in the tourism industry were the key topics discussed. Jean-Michel Gaigné CMM, Chairman TransEurope Marinas, moderated one of the sessions, with Mieke Vleugels from Jachthaven Wetterville, Steven Desloovere from Nieuwpoort, Roberto Perocchio from Marina del Cavallino, Antonis Drosos from Kos Marina, Renata Marevič from Punat Marina, Carlo and Federico Bulleri from Porto Romano, among the distinguished and most committed participants.
Where something decisive happens in the marina field, TransEurope Marinas is always on the forefront!