A challenge to try and relocate the annual ASMEX (Australian Superyacht & Marine Export) Conference has been aborted and it will stay at it usual venue of Sanctuary Cove for 2018. A $45,000 sponsorship from the Queensland government was the mechanism that allowed the Gold Coast to retain this important Australian marine recreational sector event.

The conference, organised by AIMEX, is scheduled for May 21-23, 2018 and is being held, as usual, the days before the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). Next year’s conference will also follow the holding on the Gold Coast of the Commonwealth Games, a sporting event which is expected to encourage a number of superyachts to visit Australia.

“Hosting ASMEX in conjunction with the Sanctuary Cove Boat show makes sense,” says MaryAnne Edwards, CEO of AIMEX and Superyacht Australia. “We are always conscious that we need to maximise members’ time and hold a conference during an event like this allows everyone the opportunity to attend. It is fantastic for the industry that the show supports the conference, again allowing us to offer significantly lower registration fees than any other industry conference.”

ASMEX 2018 marks the eighth consecutive year Sanctuary Cove has hosted ASMEX, a conference which has grown to cover Asia Pacific as well as Australia and New Zealand. It attracts an audience of some 200 delegates from all over the world. A preliminary programme and theme for the conference will be released towards the end of this year.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) general manager, Johan Hasser, says: “The show is proud to again partner with AIMEX-Superyacht Australia to present the 2018 ASMEX Conference. The partnership between SCIBS and ASMEX is a long-standing and mutually supportive one which, in this particularly significant year for our region, promises to deliver even more benefits to our industry.

“Each year ASMEX attracts an impressive line-up of superyacht industry leaders, among them company founders, CEOs and senior managers, many of whom stay on to experience the latest in Australian marine innovation and lifestyle on display at SCIBS,” he adds. “Together, SCIBS and ASMEX provide a compelling platform for delegates, members, guest speakers and exhibitors to network and build strong business relationships that in turn yield lucrative results for Australian manufacturers and brands.”