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Asia Boating Forum

in association with ICOMIA

7-8 April 2017

The Asia Boating Forum is strategic meeting of industry professionals and regional authorities. This select group gather to present and share insights on the issues and challenges in the development and sustainability of the boating business in Asia. Presentations and discussions include overviews of the Asia boating market, country profiles, industry updates and discussions on the four fundamentals of the Business of Boating, Infrastructure & Services, Leisure Marine Policy Framework, Financial Structures and Solutions.

In 2017, the Asia Boating Forum is once again held in association with ICOMIA. We are very proud to be collaborating with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the international trade association representing the global marine industry since 1966. ICOMIA membership extends to China, India, Singapore, Japan and Korea. In 2015, the ICOMIA Asian Dialogue was initiated to extend its engagement in this dynamic region. This initiative seeks to identify and understand obstacles to growth in the region, interact with national and local authorities and create recommendations on how to develop a leisure boating friendly environment in South East Asia.

Asian markets are still at varying stages of development. Each country has its own boating regulations and practices, sometimes based on its own actual requirements, but often based on out-dated policies or insufficient awareness of the benefits the industry can bring. In spite of this, there is much commonality, and many lessons to be learnt and shared. For boating to grow regionally, all countries have to level up and develop best practice. The Asia Boating Forum is a platform for just that – getting the foundation and policy framework right for growing the boating industry.

Thomas J Dammrich

“Recreational boating and boating tourism can be significant economic drivers for countries in Southeast Asia as they are in other parts of the world. ICOMIA is engaging in Southeast Asia to help the emerging leisure boating industry in these countries develop strategies to work with government and each other to create an environment that can create significant economic development through investment in appropriate infrastructure and regulations that promote boating and boating tourism”.

- Thomas J Dammrich – President, ICOMIA
Udo Kleinitz

"South East Asia has a number of countries offering vast coastlines, however there is little or no marine industry infrastructure in many of these countries - and in some cases, hostile administrative environments. With tourism putting boating activities on government economic plans in these countries, and traditional activities such as fishing together with the growth of diving becoming popular with both Asians and visitors, we are sure these countries have the potential to become future growth markets for our industry.”

- Udo Kleinitz - Secretary General, ICOMIA

 Contribute as Speaker or Panelist at the Asia Boating Forum 2017

Sessions will comprise of moderated panel discussions and presentations. Please register here your interest with details.


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