Welcome to the Marina Industries Association (MIA). The MIA is the peak industry body for the marina industries in Australia, Asia and the Pacific regions. MIA is dedicated to the needs of marina owners and operators of berthing, mooring, storage and slipway/workshop facilities connected to sailing, cruising and general boating. MIA also services the needs of vendor businesses that supply goods and services to marinas.
MIA's mission is to support the sustainable development of the marina industries through education, research and accreditation programs. In 2011 the MIA delivered another successful Marinas International Conference and Exhibition and there was good growth in numbers participating in MIA education programs. There was a 14% growth in Clean Marina participation and for the first time we can quantify the scale of the Australian Marinas sector, including the provision of 15,900 jobs.
With the invaluable support of our members, 2012 is developing as another productive year for the Association. Further findings from the 2011 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey indicate the 356 marinas across Australia generated $1.65b in expenditures during the 2011/12 year. The survey data is invaluable in supporting advocacy for our industry in Australia with government and local communities. The program for the Marine13 Conference and Exhibition has now been finalised and covers the three streams of marinas, recreational boating and boating safety. The Conference will be held at the Darling Harbour Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sydney from 28-30 April 2013.
A new industry professional development certification (CMP) is underway and marina education courses including Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) have been successfully conducted. The first Marinas Study Tours were held in Sydney and the 23 participants rated the tours highly. Training courses have been conducted in a number of countries including Australia, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Our Clean Marinas and Gold Anchor international programs are continuing to assist marinas to promote high environmental and customer service standards. The Waterline publication and e-News are keeping Members and the wider marina community up to date with the latest industry and Association news. MIA welcomes new members and new sponsors who see value in joining and supporting the MIA work program.