Marine17 curtain raiser to milestone Sydney show

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The Marine17 conference will lead into 50th Sydney International Boat Show next year.

The Marine17 International Conference and Trade Exhibition is returning to Sydney in 2017 and will be presented at the new International Convention Centre (ICC), part of the on-going $1.5 billion redevelopment at Darling Harbour.

Hosted by the Boating Industry Association and Marina Industries Association, with State and Federal safety partners, Marine17 is scheduled for Sunday 30 July to Tuesday 1 August 2017.

Organisers say the conference will bring together hundreds of key boating industry leaders and boating sector stakeholders to share views and gather market intelligence to help prepare for the boating sector’s future.

The event will run immediately prior to the 50th Sydney International Boat Show which is also due to return to Darling Harbour in 2017 at the new ICC venue.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the team was thrilled to be welcoming the boating industry back to its rightful convention and exhibition home in Darling Harbour.

“Marine17 and the Sydney International Boat Show are both feature events on the Sydney eventing calendar. ICC Sydney is ready to make 2017 a very special year for delegates and attendees to the shows as we welcome this stand-out event back to Darling Harbour,” Donaghy said.

National CEO of the BIA, Howard Glenn said the adjacent dates of the two events are ideal because organisations will be able to exhibit at both Marine17 and the Sydney International Boat Show as part of a week of events to showcase the boating lifestyle in one of the world’s top boating destinations.

“Early discussions with industry, conference partners and government departments have resulted in keen support and positive input,” he said. “Our planning will involve widespread consultation to ensure the conference delivers content that will help boost confidence, empower industry leaders, promote safe boating and address the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“The boating sector consists of businesses that manufacture, wholesale or retail products and provide services to the recreational and light commercial marine markets, all working with government and NGO safety organisations. Marine 17 will be a critical event that will allow industry and government to work out which paths will lead to the growth and health of our industry, and ongoing support for safe, responsible and enjoyable boating.”

Enquiries about partnership opportunities can be directed to Nik Parker nik@bia.org.au, phone (08) 8346 2266, Colin Bransgrove colin@marinas.net.au, phone (02) 9439 5806, or Phil McDermott phil@bia.org.au, phone (02) 8197 4755.

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