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Marina World FROM THE EDITOR HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: carolfulford@marinaworld.co.uk Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E:charlotteniemiec@marinaworld.co.uk Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621 855 890 E: juliahallam@marinaworld.co.uk Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621 855 890 E: corinnafrancis@marinaworld.co.uk Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: accounts@marinaworld.co.uk Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: adstudio@marinaworld.co.uk NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: pcritot@marinaworld.com FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: catherinemetais@marinaworld.com ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: genova@ediconsult.com ASIA PACIFIC OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Suzanna Kovacevic T: +61 438 22 46 09 E: suzanna@marinaworld.com Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bi-monthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. The 2019 US annual subscription price is 0. Airfreight and mailing in the USA by agent named WN Shipping USA, 156-15 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Periodicals postage paid in Jamaica NY 11434. US Postmaster: Please send address changes to MARINA WORLD, WN Shipping USA, 156-15, 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Subscription records are maintained at Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. Air Business Ltd is acting as our mailing agent. Marina World is available on subscription at the following cost: 1 year (6 issues) - £80.00 Sterling (0) 2 years (12 issues) - £140.00 Sterling (0) No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, the copyright owners. Upon application, permission may be freely granted to copy abstracts of articles on condition that a full reference to the source is given. Printed in the UK by Stephens & George © 2019 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Chain reaction There are a great many marina groups, chains and networks around the world; some are corporately owned or managed; others are run on state or municipal lines; and yet more are gathered within local or regional organisations. Working as a group – or within a network – brings many benefits. In the lead feature in this issue, Marina World asked representatives from nine networks about new customer demands and how they were tackling growth and change. The respondents represent networks with marinas in northern Europe, the USA, Central America, Brazil, Australia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. Despite the widely differing locations, many of the trends were universal. Marinas now play a broader role in advising customers, from itineraries to crew issues. They promote the local area, and the marina itself is more of a lifestyle destination. As the trend is for boat owners to want to spend time on the water and not on maintaining or preparing their boats for a day out, service and hospitality are a key focus. Marinas with good shoreside facilities, especially restaurants, bars and shops, are likely to continue to grow in popularity. Due to the marked increase in larger and beamier vessels, when marina redesign is on the cards operators have to consider the life of the infrastructure they plan with a view to this trend continuing. Although use of water space for optimum mooring has always been paramount, there is now more emphasis on the broader picture of the site; better visitor flow, better views, and landside and on-water facilities for event hosting. Marinas need to be better equipped for people with mobility issues due to the ageing boater demographic. Crews are placing more importance on activity planning and local businesses are, by and large, welcoming large vessels. The marina is being seen, says Bert Fowles (IGY Marinas), as “a community gateway to economic development.” There is growth in concern over the environment, an increasing interest in charter and boat club concepts, and a seemingly insatiable demand from boaters to be connected in real time to the marina office. All of the networks in the feature are keen to grow; in terms of quality and/or volume. BR Marinas is adding another marina in Brazil; and d’Albora Marinas plans to add a further three this year. IGY Marinas, having recently added Sete Marina in France to its portfolio continues to eye global expansion; and Yacht Havens Group is ‘diversifying’ with better restaurants and the launch of boat clubs. Westrec Marina (southern region) is investing heavily in its Florida facilities; and P&O Marinas working to establish an Emirati Riviera. TransEurope Marinas is expanding its focus to promoting yacht charter, floating holiday homes and sailing courses; and C&N Marinas – while it also expands Port Louis Marina in the Caribbean – focuses on building its nautical events programme. F3 Marina is up for acquiring additional wet slip and automated drystack sites. Read more on pages 19-29. In the words of Jean-Michel Gaigné (TransEurope Marinas), it’s “cross-culture knowledge sharing.” Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Carol Fulford Editor www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2019 5

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