MIA lines up study tours home and abroad

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The picturesque Marina Portaroz in Slovenia.
The picturesque Marina Portaroz in Slovenia.

Two marina study tours scheduled to visit Queensland and the Adriatic.

Following on from its successful study tours to the Gold Coast in 2014 and Florida in 2015, the Marina Industries Association (MIA) is planning two tours in 2016, one domestic and one overseas.

The first tour is scheduled for 17-19 May to marinas and boatyards in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, coinciding with the lead-up to the boat shows at Sanctuary Cove and Coomera.

The tour will be hosted by Mark Robinson, a major shareholder in Scarborough Marina in Queensland, and Andrew Monks CMM who has 29 years’ industry experience in the region. The tour will start on the Gold Coast visiting marinas and boatyards and meeting with senior management before moving onto Brisbane to visit four locations on the Brisbane River and at Manly Boat Harbour.

Later in the year, MIA is also running an overseas study tour along the Adriatic coast from 26-30 September. This tour will be hosted by local industry representatives including, in Italy, Roberto Perrochio, president of Assomarinas, the Italian Marina Association, and chairman the ICOMIA Marina Group.

The tour will then travel along the coast via Slovenia to Croatia before winding up on the beautiful island of Krk. Along the way, the tour will visit 12 marina, boat yard and dry stack facilities, mostly in historic towns en route. The tour is also timed to allow for participants to attend the Genoa International Boat Show.

“The tours have proven to be an excellent education and learning activity as well as providing exceptional networking benefits for participants,” said MIA president Andrew Chapman CMM.

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