Key government regulators will be attending this year’s Australian Superyacht, Export and Commercial Marine (ASMEX) Conference, which runs from May 21-23 at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove.

Representatives from the Australian Border Force, Customs visa section, Biosecurity, Marine Safety Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and others will be on a panel ready to respond to industry questions.

“Industry is asking for consistency in interpretation of regulations and recent discussions with government regulators looks set to see government work with industry towards this goal,” says M Edwards of Superyacht Australia. “We have specifically invited key regulators to ASMEX this year as it is critical we are all sending the same message to superyacht owners and captains about the rules, regulations and processes to enter Australia.”

ASMEX is once again virtually sold out with registrations continuing to come in every day from across Australia. The conference will delve into all aspects of the superyacht industry looking at the current infrastructure, capability and requirements for the future.

AEC consultants who undertook the Superyacht industry economic impact study in 2016 will deliver a presentation on a strategy for the industry providing the opportunity for all delegates to have further input.

With the America's Cup coming down under, this event is set to provide opportunities for the Australian Industry and the entire Pacific region. Jamie MacPhail, MD Pantaenius, will talk about these opportunities and what trends Pantaenius, a major superyacht insurer, is seeing in the Asia-Pacific region. Peter Busfield, CEO of NZ Marine, will update delegates on the planning in NZ for this significant event.

“It is also exciting that 2018 will see the timely launch of a new edition of the Great Southern Route, a publication showcasing our region and providing the necessary information to make the journey down under as easy and attractive as possible,” says Edwards. “Hillary Buckman from Ocean Media will be on hand during the conference to discuss the publication and is keen to get industry more involved and provide the Australian industry greater exposure in the publication.”