With Spain reporting an impressive upswing in the local chartering business, and new destinations becoming more accessible, the charter business is gearing up for more expansion. As opportunities emerge, so do new challenges, with port state control, the customs code and taxation issues raising causing concern amongst many industry players. As charter brokers, managers, corporate service providers and others seek clarification of regulatory changes, a new one-day conference will put the chartering, marinas and destinations under the spotlight.
The Future for Yacht Chartering takes place on 11th October, 2016, and is located appropriately at the stunning OneOcean Port Vell, in Barcelona, Spain. Support for the conference has, not surprisingly, matched the growing interest in chartering in the region, with the Barcelona Nautical Cluster and Superyacht Business officially backing The Future for Chartering. Official Sponsors and exhibitors include One Ocean Port Vell, whose General Manager, Paul Cook, will also be presenting, and local tax experts TaxMarine.
Chaired by Pat Bullock of Network Marine Consultants, the conference will be produced by Quaynote Communications, superyacht event specialists and the organisers of Opportunities in Superyachts and Opportunities in Business Jets, the twin conferences run in in Malta over the last 4 years.
“There are still a lot of issues to discuss in connection with yacht chartering in Spain and further afield”, explains Quaynote Director, Lorna Titley, “The conference will discuss what needs to be done to ensure the best experience for charterers, with a particular focus on the service offered by marinas and local tourism; what to do when the demand for yachts outstrips supply; the process of applying for a charter licence, as well as a look at which chartering destinations are set to be the must-see hot-spots of tomorrow”.
With international relations with Cuba gradually thawing out, there is a lot of interest in prospects for chartering in Cuban waters. Bransom Bean, Consultant to Paul Madden & Associates, will examine the latest developments in the island`s fledgling charter business and asks what “wide open” really means for the superyacht industry. Continuing the theme of emerging destinations, The Future of Yacht Chartering will journey across to Norway, to hear from what the Nordic fjords can offer superyacht charterers. “As charterers become more adventurous, some are of course branching out from the well-charted cruising grounds in the Med and Caribbean and seeking pastures new”, notes Alison Director, Director at Quaynote. Ola Hiis Bergh of Norway Superyacht Services will be looking at how to explore this beautiful but somewhat overlooked virgin territory by yacht.
With the historic and scenic city of Barcelona providing the perfect backdrop, The Future of Yacht Chartering is the perfect destination for marinas operators, charter brokers, superyacht managers, lawyers, regulatory authorities, yacht registries, captains, industry associations and anyone with a vested interest in the growth of yacht chartering.
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