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Mulpha Events expand with Expo takeover - MarineBusinessWorld Oceania newsletter

by Peter Rendle 20 Jun 02:00 PDT
Mulpha Events acquires Australia's leading outdoor adventure trade show © Australian Adventure Expo

Mulpha Events, owner-operator of the world-renowned Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has announced the acquisition of the Australian Adventure Expo (AAE), Australia's only trade exhibition for the outdoor adventure, 4x4, fishing and hunting sector, from Brooks Events.

Launched in 2021, Australian Adventure Expo serves the $AUD11 billion outdoor recreation sector, bringing together the network of importers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and service providers to connect with resellers in the Australasian region.

The Sydney International Boat Show opens in five weeks and exhibitors are keen to advise of their offerings. The ILIAD 53F, winner of the 2024 Multihull of the Year award, will be a major drawcard for visitors from 1 - 4 August. ILIAD Catamarans will be showcasing the highly acclaimed long-range power catamaran in Darling Harbour with inspection bookings now available. The ILIAD 53F has been enthusiastically embraced by international powercat buyers who appreciate its remarkable range, huge living spaces and extraordinary quality of finish. The model enjoyed its US debut at the Miami International Boat Show this February where it was immediately sold.

Meanwhile, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) today launched the Apprentice of the Year Awards, aimed at recognising the exceptional contributions of apprentices to the marine industry and highlighting the importance of training and career development within the sector.

The BIA are also campaigning against new boating fee increases in NSW. The boating sector is calling on the Minister for Transport to intervene and ask Transport for NSW to abandon its surprise plan to tax the boating public extra millions of dollars during a cost-of-living crisis. Transport for NSW's move to increase a wide range of boating fees from 1 July will deliver a windfall for the department in extra revenue. BIA spokesperson Neil Patchett says there are concerns about the way that Transport is claiming that these increases will only be modest for the majority and that they are necessary to fund the department's work in safety.

Also in NSW, the Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Darren Schott has praised boaters across the state for heeding advice about monitoring weather and sea conditions last month resulting in the Service's quietest May since 2020. Marine Rescue NSW volunteers across the state completed 203 search and rescue missions last month, including 70 emergency responses with crews safely returning 363 people to shore. "It is extremely pleasing that boaters didn't put themselves or others at risk for a day on the water with numerous days of unfavourable weather last month," Deputy Commissioner Schott said.

Overseas a new agreement between Le Boat and Groupe Beneteau under their Delphia brand in Poland will see Europe's largest boat rental company invest over £100m into its international fleet over the next ten years. The deal will ensure travellers have an even greater range of options to choose from when planning their private boat rental vacation and provides innovation to the current charter market as it stands.

Of the 400 new Delphia boats slated to be built over the coming decade for Le Boat, 100 will be made in the next three years, including at least 25 in 2025. These orders will be a combination of the current Horizon range, plus 34 of a premium new one to two cabin boat, aptly named "Liberty" which will be launched in 2025.

Southern Spars, leading innovator of high-performance composite spars, has appointed Rudy Jurg as Head of Sales for the DynaRig and AeroRig sailing systems, responsible for driving revenue and shaping commercial growth for both products. Rudy's arrival at Southern Spars comes at a crucial time for the company. With sailing yachts becoming ever larger and potential superyacht and commercial ship owners growing more environmentally aware, there is a strong demand for simplified sailing systems. The DynaRig and AeroRig fulfil this gap perfectly.

Also in NZ, Wellington will be the home city for the annual New Zealand Marinas and Boatyard Conference to be held from 11-13 September. Registrations are expected to open by early July but the date is locked in so go ahead and book your tickets. Around 140 marina managers and staff are expected to attend from New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.

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Peter Rendle -

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