Vilamoura hosts World Marinas conference

Between the 9th and 11th of October

the center of Algarve Congresses, at Vilamoura Marina, will host the International Council of Marine Industry (ICOMIA) World Marina Conference, between the 9th and 11th of October, organized by Portuguese Association of Recreational Ports (APPR). 

The conference will have the motto “Big Challenges – Big Decisions” and will bring together around 400 participants, including the main operators, owners and managers of marinas in the world, representatives of government agencies, consultants, designers, among others linked to the sector.

The opening session will be attended by the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Secretary of State for Fisheries and the Mayor of Loulé, among other entities.

Reflection sessions cover asset management, maintenance and benchmarking, risk mitigation, environmental leadership and climate change, technology and other current topics, highlighting the challenges, trends and best practices in the nautical sector through the voices of experts from different nationalities.

The second day of the Conference will be dedicated to visits to some of the main marinas in the south of the country, namely Vilamoura, Albufeira and Lagos.

«It will be a unique opportunity for APPR to be able to show the approximately 400 participants our country in general and the south coast of the Algarve in particular, as well as the excellent infrastructure and facilities that allow the practice of recreational boating throughout the year», refers to the organization. 

Participants will have the opportunity to establish contact with leading professionals in the sector, obtain practical information on sustainability, customer expectations, technology that drives smart marinas, operational innovations and developments in infrastructure, facilities and equipment.

«The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference is the largest global meeting of the nautical industry», highlights Isolete Correia, president of APPR.

«It is, therefore, a great privilege to host this prestigious event and welcome the world leaders of this industry to Portugal – a country with strong nautical traditions, a pioneer in navigation in unknown seas and, therefore, the perfect place to host this moment of information exchange , ideas and collective learning», he concludes. 

Portugal hosts the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference for the first time, winning the competition that included the participation of candidates from Europe and the United States. The last edition took place in Dubai, in 2021.

The Conference is a biennial event and this edition at Vilamoura Marina includes the exhibition of the latest innovations in products and services especially aimed at marinas, including clubs, shipyards and dry docks.

See the full program here