Asia Pacific Yachting Conference to kick off tomorrow

Written by Gemma Fottles

The Asia Pacific Yachting Conference will kick off tomorrow before the first day of the Singapore Yacht Show. Since inception in 2009, the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC) has developed into the Asia Pacific’s only industry platform for marine industry professionals, focused on the market and associated issues for superyachts of 24-metres and above.

Highlights at this years’ edition include an array of high profile speakers, Fabio Ermetto, Chief Commercial Officer of Benetti; Kiran Haslam, Marketing Director at Princess Yachts; Mark Stothard, Director of Echo Yachts; Stephen White, Owner & Chief Executive at the Sovren House Group; Arthur Tay, CEO of SUTL Enterprises; MaryAnne Edwards, Chief Executive at Superyacht Australia; Nigel Beatty, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association, and David Jones, Executive Director of Business and Sustainability at Plastic Ocean Foundation.

Key topics to be addressed include:

- Regional co-operation: updates from ASEAN governments on superyacht immigration and charter operation regulatory challenges

- Creating an ASEAN superyacht tourism strategy: marine tourism as a catalyst for effecting positive changes for the industry

- Cleaning up the Asia Pacific: a close look at marine pollution progress in the top five countries in the region and suggestions for eradicating it.

- Marketing Asia as a single superyacht cruising destination: how not to miss the boat.

Waterfront and marina developments: If we build them, will they come? Or if they start coming here and spending big, will that provoke a wave of infrastructure investment? How to stay afloat in the marina industry in Asia.

Now in it’s 7th edition, the Singapore Yacht Show will be hosted in Sentosa Cove from the 6th - 9th April.

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