Monday, August 6, 2012

President's Letter - August 2012

Dear partners,

Recently in the waters of the bay of Palma the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre Copa del Rey took place. An event not only for sports but also with high social and economic significance. Also recently published was the report of the Recreational Craft Market from January to June.The report, prepared by ANEN, notes that registrations are down 8.7% in the first half of the year nationwide. A report presented at about the same time the Barcelona Boat Show road show, which was in Palma presenting the attractions of this year.

On July 21st HRH Prince Felipe presided over the ceremony that ended a week of sailing in the waters of Palma. The Copa del Rey has seen Mallorca and the Balearic capital in general in the first line of information for both national and international media. This year's edition of the trophy has served to confirm several facts: that the crisis is taking its toll on the Spanish marine industry, as companies here can confirm.However, it has been noted by the number of foreign visitors. In what may be a good sign that implies that we can continue tobe relied upon. Another of the joys was to see how the field of complementary business' showed unanimous support for both nautical tourism at the celebration of the Copa del Rey. On July 18th in an article in the Diario de Regatas, representatives of the main employers of the island (Pimeco, Pimem-restauración, Afedeco, Caeb, Restauración, Cambra de Mallorca and Fehm) described how important it was for them this kind of tourism. High net worth clients who enjoy local products and return due to high levels of satisfaction. Also, if that was not enough it helps extend the tourist season. It was also exciting to read that the Government were to facilitate the arrival in our community of such tourism for the good of all. From AENB we deeply appreciate all the words and engage with renewed energy to continue working to improve conditions in the Balearic nautical sector. Also from our association want to congratulate Real Club Nautico de Palma for the work done during the Copa del Rey and its efforts when engaging the city in the event.

Recently The Yacht Market Report was issued, covering the first half of this year. This document, prepared by the National Association of Marine (ANEN) from official data. The Balearic Islands had the second-largest market share (11.78%), but decreases - 4.97% in enrollments in the first half of the year. The effects of the crisis are evident in these figures. According to the report, lengths of up to 8 meters (which account for 88.62% of the total) fell by -9.14% and the intermediate 8 to 12 meters grew by 0.4%. The remaining lengths experience a significant drop from the previous report. We have also learned that in the entire first half of 2012 180 boats have been registered for rent, which is also a growth of 16.9% over the last year. From the above data we draw the conclusion that the crisis in the Spanish nautical sector deepens. But also The Balearic retains its importance in the national assembly.

In September The Boat Show will be held in Barcelona. In the next newsletter we will discuss this in greater depth, however we want to communicate that AENB will have a joint stand with the Balearic Islands where companies who wish to attend may do so at an affordable price and be present at such a renowned event. We will inform you more through our new Facebook page, blog and website.

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