The Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA) is releasing today the updated program of the first Asia Superyacht Conference to be held in Singapore on the 13-14 October 2009 and welcomes two new sponsors, ONE15 Marina Club and Sevenstar on top of MTU, the main conference sponsor.
The whole of the superyacht world is looking to Asia as the next great cruising ground and we are seeing a steady growth of both visiting yachts and privately owned yachts in the region.
However, Asia is behind the traditional hot spots of the Mediterranean and Caribbean when it comes to infrastructure and facilities and the prime objective of the conference is to identify what the region needs to do to set an effective agenda to create a sustainable superyacht industry. Key issues to be addressed include:
· Identifying the key infrastructure required, in terms of marinas and service facilities, to support a growing amount of superyacht traffic
· An analysis of current superyacht building capability in Asia and who these superyachts are being sold to
· An insight into the almost unknown and stunning cruising grounds in Asia
· Understanding how to successfully grow the superyacht charter business in Asia
· An overview of Government regulation and superyacht activism in the region
· An insight into the mind of the Asian superyacht owner and an owner’s perspective on requirements of a superyacht
“We are delighted to be organizing this inaugural superyacht conference in Singapore” commented SSA Executive Director Jean-Jacques Lavigne. “Our objective is to gather all the important players from Asia as well as interested parties from the rest of the world to push the agenda to really open up and grow the superyacht industry in Asia.”
The two day conference will include keynote presentations and a mixture of round table discussion groups designed to open up commercial opportunities and create new international partnerships.
Simon Turner, SSA member who is helping to put the conference together, adds “it is very exciting to be able to hold a first event of this nature. We aim to ensure that this event creates commercial opportunities for attendees and opens up new projects that companies in the industry from around the world can become involved in.”
The conference features over 25 speakers from around the world including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, The Netherlands, The USA, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.
The conference will include a mixture of keynote presentations, panel discussions and site visits to marinas in Singapore. For example, MTU is sending Andreas Weber, Senior Manager, MTU Friedrichshafen to speak about his experiences in Megayacht & the future propulsion trends and how this could be incorporated into the design and planning of marina facilities, infrastructure, training etc. in Asia. Other covered topics are emerging cruising grounds like Indonesia, Vietnam, the psycholology of superyacht owners and Asia-based owners could differ from Europe or USA-based owners. Of course, questions about superyacht servicing and maintenance in Asia will also be addressed.
The cost of registration is just S$599 for registrations received before August 31st after which the prices goes up to S$799.Delegates are now registering for the event and are coming from all over the world. Those interested to attend the conference are reminded that there is a S$200 discount for registrations received before August 31st. A special conference rate of just S$250 is available to current superyacht captains.