Big Challenges, Big Decisions

PORTUGAL: Preparations for the 2023 ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC), to be hosted by the Portuguese Association of Ports and Marinas (APPR) and held in Vilamoura Marina at the heart of the Algarve, is now well underway. The event, to take place 9th-11th October, will bring together professionals from around the globe.

Under the theme of ‘Big Challenges, Big Decisions’, the conference programme will address issues such as alternative energy, climate change, economic and political stability, and operations.
Highlights will include the keynote, delivered by Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin on Day 1; marina visits to Vilamoura, Albufeira and Lagos on Day 2; and a Gala Dinner showcasing local cuisine and culture and hosting the Golden Cleat Award Ceremony.
APPR president, Isolete Correia, is extremely enthusiastic about the conference. “Preparations for this great event are at full speed and we are very excited and looking forward to presenting all participants with a warm Portuguese welcome,” she said.
Udo Kleinitz, ICOMIA general secretary, has high hopes of the event, and the venue. “Portugal has a well-established marina and boating infrastructure and a lot to offer in terms of knowledge and expertise. The beautiful scenery in which IWMC 2023 is set to be held will also add to the attractiveness of the event. The theme of the conference reflects very well some of the main challenges the industry is facing today and will provide a great forum for discussions and actionable takeaways.”
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