EUROPE – Amsterdam RAI is to organise the biennial ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC) for a second consecutive edition. Hosted by HISWA, the Holland Marine Industry Association, the conference will be held on home soil this time, 17-19 November.
The event is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators.
“Having been impressed with the Amsterdam RAI’s ability to serve as a conference organiser in Istanbul last year, we are confident that the choice to turn now to Amsterdam RAI as both organiser and location for WMC 2016 is an excellent one,” said ICOMIA secretary general, Tony Rice.
ICOMIA will be held concurrently with the METS Marina and Yard Exhibition
“We will be delighted to welcome the WMC back to Holland next year,” says HISWA director Geert Dijks. “The first ICOMIA WMC was held here in 1993, reflecting the fact that watersports has its origins in our country. The first pleasure craft were built by the Dutch in the 1600s and the first marinas and yacht clubs were opened in Holland.”
Amsterdam RAI also opened the doors to its new multi-purpose exhibition and convention centre on 2 June 2015.
The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, carried out the ceremonial opening of the Amtrium, a third-generation structure which unites exhibition, convention and office functions. It also features two restaurants and a special greenhouse for urban farming.
The Amtrium is the first convention building in Europe to receive the BREEAM-NL Excellent label for building standards.
CEO Hans Bakker said at the opening: “The Amtrium shows our faith in the future. Combining functionalities will enable the RAI to attract even more international multiday events to Amsterdam. This is crucial for the RAI, and for business tourism in the greater Amsterdam area in general.”
Prior to the opening ceremony, Hans Bakker received the BREEAM-NL certificate from Daan van Vliet, who will become chairman of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) on 1 July.