The Place To Be

The 2018 ASMEX Conference is set to be a smash hit as it kicks off the AIMEX Group’s 20th Anniversary celebrations with some very exciting speakers.


All the significant players in the industry will be gathered alongside VIP guests from overseas for the Sanctuary Cove-based conference from 21-23 May. It is already attracting national and global attention with more registrations received at this time of year than ever before.

AIMEX was formed 20 years ago by a group of exporters who saw the value and benefits other global industry players enjoyed when attending international boat shows together. Beforehand, Australian companies exhibited independently and were scattered around the pavilions, restricting their profile and support network. As AIMEX evolved, it provided members with market information, lobbying support, networking opportunities, and a mentoring scheme to assist new exporters in breaking into international markets. Remarkably, several of those initial Australian businesses are still on the board of AIMEX 20 years later.

Today the AIMEX Group has built a global reputation and is acknowledged by all levels of government as a valuable peak industry body, representing three key industry sectors: Australian International Marine Exporters; the Superyacht sector; and the Commercial Marine and Defence Maritime sector.


Its annual ASMEX conference, inaugurated eight years ago, epitomises where the group stands today, having become the key conference and networking event for the marine industry.

The conference now incorporates the Australian Marine Industry Awards gala dinner, to be held on Tuesday 22 May at 7pm at the InterContinental Resort, Sanctuary Cove. A sold-out event last year, these awards showcase the very best of the Australian marine sector.

In response to feedback from 2017, ASMEX’s revised format will include more industry panels and separate two-hour breakout sessions for each industry sector.

The superyacht session will cover the latest report from AEC Group on a strategy for the superyacht sector, ultimately encompassing how to establish a warm welcome for visiting superyachts, through crew visas, quarantine issues, access to the Great Barrier Reef, charter regulations and much more.

Richard Chapman, President of the AIMEX Group, said, “we have listened to members and this year we are excited to provide a comprehensive program designed to educate, support and inform delegates about opportunities to grow their business.”

Tourism Australia will have a strong presence, discussing the value of marine tourism and the opportunities for Australia to attract more export dollars.

ASMEX is a must-attend event for any business positioning itself as a strong player within the marine industry.

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