The yacht sector is working at full capacity this summer in our islands. In order to realize about this fact, we only have to see any of our beautiful coves and beaches and the great number of boats anchoring there. Not in vain, the Balearic Islands are still at the head of the national market when referring to the number of registrations. Those, have grown more than a 9% with respect to the first semester in 2015. These good numbers are helping to boost the turnover of our islands' nautical industry. While our companies work at full capacity to provide service to their customers, they are also starting to attend to large boat shows: like the one in Barcelona, or the METS.
From the 24th until the 28th of October, an interesting course about nautical charter will be celebrated in Palma. It is organized by the IME (Spanish Maritime Institute), and the AENIB is going to collaborate actively. During those days, 16 professionals that belong to the sector, have a recognized prestige and an excellent professional experience at their backs, will offer first quality and updated training about all the necessary aspects to take into account, to work in this sector. In this sense, the agenda contains sections dedicated to the current market situation in Spain and Europe; the business strategy and its particularities, the legal framework in the nautical charter, the aspects regarding the exploitation of boats; and of course, the crucial topic about insurances and accidents. From AENIB we encourage all our associates to attend the course. So that, apart from obtaining an official certificate issued by the IME, it will be an excellent opportunity to be in contact with professionals and entrepreneurs of different sectors related to yachting. In the section of News, you can find the complete program of the event.
No matter how much work we have, we shouldn't forget the labor of promotion. In this sense, it is necessary to remember that the International Boat Show in Barcelona, which will be from the 12th until the 16th of October in the Port Vell, will gather the most varied offer of sports and recreational boats of Spain, with the presence of the main exhibitor brands. Besides, the event, will have a wide range of activities and experiences for everyone, and it will also strengthen its role as main forum and dynamo of the sector. This year, they will prioritize entrepreneurs linked to yachting and will devote one day to them.
Moreover, from the 15th until the 17th of November in Amsterdam, a new edition of METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) will be celebrated. It is the main boat show of auxiliary industry in Europe. In this sense, we have to remember that ANEN has opened the deadline for the grouped participation in the METS. It is an option that you should take into account in the case that your company is interested in exhibiting. For more information, you can check the link attached to the piece of news, where you will also find the registration form.
Those in the association keep working very seriously with the SOIB and the IQPIB regarding training. It is an extremely important topic for our companies. We can inform you that now we are dealing with two issues; on the one hand: professional certification of workers, and on the other hand: the setting up of different training modules, like for example one of Painting and another one of Mechanics. Professional certification is especially important, so that once it is implemented, within approximately five years, it will be necessary to have a certification to be able to work legally. In the next newsletters, we will give you more information.
Finally, I would like to praise the attitude of Podemos Menorca for supporting the recognition of the yacht sector in matters of taxation, and because they also recognize our potential as economic engine. We've always fought to delete the labels that certain social sectors, for malice or lack of knowledge, have always pinned on us. Labels that do not fit at all with reality. This is why we thank the bravery that entails to remove the blindfold from the eyes, and see our sector the way it is: a generator of wealth for the community, employment, and because it also helps to deseasonalise tourism.