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ASMEX 2024 Conference Highlights Industry Collaboration and Sustainability


The ASMEX 2024 Conference featured insightful sessions on practical sustainability, networking events, and the Australian Marine Industry Awards, emphasizing teamwork and industry growth.

The ASMEX 2024 Conference, now in its thirteenth year, was held at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort from Monday 20 May to Wednesday 22 May. The marine industry conference featured welcome networking drinks, a full-day conference, industry tours and networking activities, culminating in the 2024 Australian Marine Industry Awards.

CR Naomi Fowler, City of Gold Coast, greeted delegates on Monday, May 20, with an informative speech highlighting impressive statistics of the Gold Coast marine industry. The evening continued with cocktails and lively engagement, fostering connections among attendees from day one.

On Tuesday 21 May, the full-day conference drew an impressive line-up of international and domestic marine industry speakers, captivating a packed conference room. Delegates absorbed insights from a diverse range of speaker topics, and actively participated in the surrounding networking opportunities.

David Good, CEO, Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) opened ASMEX 2024 Conference, welcoming the 132 delegates and emphasising the conference’s overarching theme of ‘practical sustainability’. Jeremy Spear, President, AIMEX, delivered a heart-felt welcome underscoring the attributes of teamwork and collaboration within the marine industry on an international stage.

Peter Munckton, Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland, returned by popular demand, delivering the opening session ‘What’s next? Current and key drivers of the Australian economy’ presenting detailed key financial indicators, demographics and possible outcomes affecting the economy in the months to come.

Remarks from Keynote speaker

Keynote Speaker, Theo Hooning, Secretary General, Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) took delegates of ASMEX 2024 Conference on a journey on the establishment of SYBAss. He detailed their key role in the superyacht industry as well as the roles their affiliate associations play in professional standards, environmental best practices and economic reporting on the superyacht industry. Theo Hooning commented; “The ASMEX conference in Australia plays an important portion of the total superyacht market. Australia is a destination where there is sufficient space to enjoy your superyacht. The 2032 Olympics in Brisbane is a prime opportunity to start planning your Australian adventure”.

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