APSA at ASMEX 2022

The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) welcomed international and local delegates to the City of Gold Coast Welcome Drinks which leads into the annual conference, ASMEX 2022. The Conference is being held at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, and this year’s theme is ‘Reconnecting with the world’. APSA members participating in this year’s conference include Kenta Inaba from Super Yacht Logistics (SYL) Japan who will be presenting and participating in a panel discussion on ‘Brisbane Olympics 2032 – 10 years out: planning services and facilities for visiting superyachts’.

Inaba will be sharing lessons learned from the recent Tokyo Olympics and what opportunities should be capitalised on for the forthcoming Olympics. From the Cook Island’s Katrina Matheson (Marketing and Surveyor Manager) along with Paolo Favilli (Head of the Technical Department), and Eleanor Roi (STCW & Certification), are here to engage with the Australia superyacht community and meet with their Maritime Cook Islands Agents, Deputy Registrar, and surveyors.

Other key Australian stakeholders speaking at ASMEX 2022 include Brett James, General Manager, Southport Yacht Club and John Hogan, Chief Executive Officer, Superior Group who will share with delegates the challenges and rewards of the concept, design and build of the newly opened Megayacht berth at Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast.

With a destination focus on Western Australia, Christine Cole, Project Manager Cruise from Tourism WA and Mick Jones, Managing Director, Marine Agents Australia will share plans and activities to reinvigorate tourism and increase superyacht visitation to their home state with its expansive coastline offering year-round experiences.

Suzanne Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Marina Industries Association in Australia will also be joining as a panellist to discuss the skilled labour shortages currently being experienced in the maritime industry. Brad Marsden, Director, Marine Air Flow is a panellist for the exporters’ session which will examine new challenges, continued expansion and future plans for the sector.

Jeremy Spear, President, AIMEX said “We are thrilled to have international speakers joining us in Australia for ASMEX 2022. The Australian marine industry has such a strong reputation in international markets, it’s a credit to our industry that we can attract an overseas presence again so soon.”

AIMEX would like to thank the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government for their support as Major Sponsors of ASMEX 2022.

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