Sunday, May 5, 2013

Letter from the President - May 2013.

The Palma Boat Show is finally here, after a year of hard work. It is a major achievement for the whole nautical community to have been able to plan and carry out a project of such dimensions together with the public administration. We have a few days of frantic activity ahead of us, and it is up to ourselves as entrepreneurs to make the most of it. We would like to invite everybody to pass by the stand of AENB at the show to get to know what we are up to at AENB. A few days ago the Cuttlefish Fair (La Fira de la Sipia) took place in the port of Alcúdia. It is another event that keeps growing year after year, whether measured by the number of visitors or exhibitors. This month also the 1st Nautical Congress, organized by ANEN was celebrated in Madrid. AENB participated in this event, which analysed the current state of the nautical sector and outlined some plans to follow to become more competitive. 

During this week the Palma Boat Show will be celebrated within the framework of the Palma International Nautical Week. This will be an event that will convert our island the center of attention of the nautical world for a few days. We are very proud of the effort we invested in to make this show a reality and all of your involvement to provide ideas and suggestions. A couple of weeks ago we read with satisfaction the news that 95% of the exhibition space had been booked up and that the brokerage section was arousing a lot of interest. As specially active members of the Organizing Committee of the Show we wanted to go a step further and booked a stand for AENB. We would like to encourage all our members to come and visit us and to get to know us better. It will be a pleasure to spend some time with you and to explain to any company or a self employed professional why it makes sense to belong to AENB, apart from the respresentation. For my part I wish all the best to those who have decided to invest in an exhibition space at the show. Likewise I hope that those preofessionals visiting the show will make many useful contacts. 
On the 20th to 21st of April VIII edition of Nautical and Gastronomical Fair of the Cuttlefish took place in Alcúdia. Despite the bad weather it was a success both when it comes to number of visitors as well as exhibitors. A large number of nautical companies filled the Paseo Maritimo with their latest news. This fair is, apart from a great opportunity to reach out to the clients and to market a nautical company, also an excellent opportunity for the local tourism. It is another example of how the nautical sector is capable of creating wellbeing for the whole community. For thjis reason we appreciate the involvement of the Townhall of Alcúdia and encourage them to carry on with this traditional fair. 

For a few days Madrid became the national epicenter of the nautical sector. On the 11th and 12th of April the 1st Nautical Congress took place, organized by ANEN. It was a really productive event in which we made an effort to deal with all the problems and opportunities in our sector. During these two days we talked about legislation and how to continue developing our own framework. The various taxes were discussed, specially the damaging matriculation tax, and the exportation opportunities for our companies. Also the new technologies and the social networks occupied a prominent part of the discussions. I believe that the sector came out strengthened from this congress, more determined than ever to face the difficult job to improve the situation for all of us. If you are interested to know more of what was discussed, please read the article further down. 

Another piece of big news from the Congress was the election of Carlos Sanlorenzo as the new general secretary of ANEN. Many of you know him already as he is a habitual guest in many of our nautical events on the island. From AENB we want to offer him all our support and wish him strength to face all challenges ahead. We also want to thank the departing general secretary, Alejandro Landaluce, for all the years of continuous battle to improve our sector and wish him all the best in his new project.

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