The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US has teamed up with the Croatia Boating Industry Association and US Commercial Service Zagreb to host a week-long fact-finding mission to Croatia.

During the trip, which runs from October 14-20, participants will travel as part of a small group to explore potential business opportunities in the country. Visits to Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir and Biograd are all included in a packed itinerary of events.

With almost 140 nautical ports (half of which are marinas), Croatia offers great opportunities for marine businesses. Boat ownership is said to be on the rise, as is access to financing and leasing and the number of boats in charter.

The increase in demand for boats has not only boosted imports but also local production and marina development, creating opportunities for both boatbuilders and equipment/component manufacturers alike. Currently, about 90% of raw materials and boat equipment for production are imported.

The NMMA fact-finding mission will include a full day at the Biograd International Boat Show, considered to be Croatia’s premier boating event. Attendance also includes participation in Biograd B2B, a nautical business networking event held during the show, at no extra cost.

The deadline for registration is August 24 and space is filling up quickly. For full details and cost, click here. Priority will be given to NMMA members.