THE future of the European, Spanish and Balearic yachting industry will be discussed in detail at a meeting to be held on 14 October at the Balearic Confederation of Business Associations (CAEB) conference hall. The title of the day will be The New Challenges for the Sporting and Tourist Maritime Industry in the 21st Century and it will help those involved in the sector to assess the new strategies for the future. The Ministry for the Environment has sponsored the event, which will begin by discussing Balearic and Spanish strategies for the winter season, as well as how to improve the quality of tourism, the environmental impact of the marinas and sustainability. The President of European Marinas, Francisco Javier Mangrané, and the CAEB President, Josep Oliver, will open the proceedings. Many leading figures within the yachting world will be taking part in the debates, such as Julian Maganto, Director of Management and External Relation Coordination for State Marinas, Fernando Garrido, Director of General Balearic Marinas, and Cristina Sastre, representative from the National Federation for Yacht Charters. Many of the current issues will be discussed at the day, such as the marina problems (for example lack of mooring spaces), as well as solutions to take the industry into the 21st Century. These ideas will be explored by the Director of the Ribera Port, Javier Hernandez. An economic study of the charter industry in the Balearic Islands will also form part of the day and be talked about by the Director of the CAEB Economy, Vicenç Tur. Joan Flaquer, Minister of Tourism, will close the day's events on the Balearic yachting industry.

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