The event will run from April 27-29

The event will run from April 27-29. Photo by Jaime Borda

The 1st International Nautical Congress of Colombia will be held in Cartagena de Indias in April. The event has been organised to promote the country’s growing recreational boating industry.

Running from 27-29 April, the event is being produced by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) together with its member associations the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US and the newly formed Asociación Náutica de Colombia (ANC).

Attendees will participate in two days of networking and education to learn about opportunities in Colombia. The Congress will also feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions as well as a marina tour to give attendees a glimpse of some of the existing boating infrastructure and facilities.

Topics to be covered include ‘Why Colombia? Why Now?’, ‘A Drone’s View of Marina Development in Colombia’, and ‘Understanding the Needs of the Colombian Marine Market.’

“Colombia’s recreational boating industry has tremendous growth potential and is an emerging boating market for the global marine industry,” says Thom Dammrich, ICOMIA and NMMA president. “By attending the Congress, participating marine businesses can learn more about opportunities for recreational boating and the necessary steps to take to get involved.”

ANC joined ICOMIA as its 35th full-member in May 2015. The aim of the organisation is to enable growth and competitiveness in the Colombian marine industry, as well as to create and develop business opportunities and contribute to the strengthening of the nautical culture within the country.

“For the national government of Colombia, growing recreational boating industry is a priority,” says Antonella Farah, executive director of ANC. “The vice president of the Republic of Colombia (German Vargas Lleras) has placed a high sense of commitment to recreational boating by, for the first time in 17 years, reducing bureaucratic hurdles for marina development and evaluating marine regulations.”

ANC was established in February 2015 and is the first trade association to represent, promote and defend the interests of nautical tourism and the recreational boating industry of Colombia. It currently has 40 members.