THE PROGRAMME OF TECHNICAL SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES HAS COME TO A CLOSE WITH THE TRADITIONAL TALK ON BOATING AND TAX AND A SERIES OF B2B MEETINGS ORGANISED BY THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS OF ITALY’S INDUSTRY CONFEREDATION, A PLETHORA OF OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT REFORMS AND INNOVATIVE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESSES

BOATING AND TAX

The deadline for Italy’s response to the infringement proceedings regarding the hiring of boats for recreational purposes will be postponed by 30 days, to 25th October. This was revealed during the Conference dedicated to “Boating and Tax” held by UCINA, Italy’s Marine Industry Association, alongside the National Council of the Italian Order of Accountants. The event also touched on defining “off-shore” sailing, refitting warrantees for non-EU yachts and the reform of the Italian Nautical Code.

Representing the 6th Finance Committee for the Chamber of Deputies was the Hon. Raffaele Trano: “Seeing the figures this sector can produce, this sector deserves greater attention if we hope to remain internationally competitive, especially with regards to France and other EU members”.

IDEAS MATCHING X CONNEXT

An opportunity for meetings and growth. But first and foremost a place for entrepreneurs. This is what we need right now”. These were the words used by Antonella Mansi, Vice President of the Italian Industry Confederation, to describe CONNEXT, an event held by UCINA, the second edition of which will take place from 27th to 28th February 2020 in Milan and which took centre stage during the conference entitled “Ideas Matching x CONNEXT B2B”. Organised by the Industry Confederation’s Young Entrepreneurs, the event took place this morning at the 59th Genoa International Boat Show. With over 7,000 participants and 2,500 B2B the first edition of CONNEXT, which took place on 7th and 8th February this year was defined by Antonella Mansi as an “accelerator for cooperation”, and for its second edition in 2020 the event will offer new initiatives in terms of organisation and structure to best enhance the opportunities for bringing together different businesses, in such a way that they might discover new opportunities for synergy. “CONNEXT”, explained Antonella Mansi, “is entirely different from a trade fair where innovations that are lateral to the fair’s sector have no room to be developed. It is a large container for industrial partnership aimed at strengthening the nation’s business ecosystem through both horizontal and vertical integration, through an influential contact with the world of start-ups and through the subsequent growth of productive supply chains”.

Alessandro Gianneschi, Vice President of UCINA: “UCINA is this industry’s association and is divided into seven sectors that together represent the entire recreational boating industry. The B2B event is a huge importance and allows our businesses to branch out into other areas in view of innovation”.

Luigi Paparoni, Brand Identity Director for the Industry Confederation: “The objective of Connext is to bring the Confederation system closer to businesses’ needs. It is also to unite businesses and innovative start-ups that haven’t joined yet, breaking down the barriers of trade fairs and allowing for previously unknown businesses to connect with known brands”.

During the final day of events at the Genoa International Boat Show, the President of UCINA, Saveri Cecchi, thanked Squad Admiral Donato Marzano and the entire Italian Navy for their tribute to the Genoa Boat Show made by the Frigate Alpino (F594) which saluted the Show during the opening ceremony.

FIV WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP

The Breitling Theatre today hosted the presentation of the Winter Championship 2019-2020, organised by the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV). The presentation was held by FIV and the President of the Italian Yacht Club, Nicolò Reggio, the President of FIV Zone 1, Gianni Belgrano and Marcella Ercoli from the Varazze Club Nautico, all representing sailing centres that will take part in the championship.

THE STELLE BLU OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

The focus shifted to cleaning the sea and the sustainability of the marine ecosystem for the presentation of the “Stelle Blu” of the Mediterranean, a television programme that each year awards marinas from across Italy with their commitment, objectives and actions have demonstrated their attentiveness to sustainable development and saving energy. Today’s edition saw the participation of Enzo Biassoni, project founder, Rosy Giussani, from Riso Scotti Snack which supports the initiative alongside Repower and Cobat, and Renato Marconi, from Marinedi. In addition to the presentation of the project this year also provided data gathered by the European Parliament, thanks to involvement of TV channel Rai3 with their programme “Europe’s Regions”.

PRACTICAL METEOROLOGICAL NOTIONS FOR RECREATIONAL SAILING

The 59th Genoa International Boat Show’s events programme finished with a seminar held by Navimeteo on behalf of Genoa’s Assonautica, “practical meteorological notions for recreational sailing” which provided its participants with key information on how to face the ocean while being aware of the daily weather information, and the traditional press conference held by the Guardia di Finanza.

ART AT THE GENOA BOAT SHOW

The 59th edition of the Genoa International Boat Show paid tribute to the Capital of Yachting by showcasing the very best of the industry alongside the core values of culture and art by making the largest event on the Mediterranean an open-air gallery as well, with art installations inserted throughout the fair ground, evoking the deep bond that lies between the sea, excellence, art and design, all under the banner of the Made in Italy brand. “The path to where we are now began two years ago with the creation of the Piazza del Vento, a multi-sensory installation inspired by the mind of Renzo Piano and put together by the architecture studio OBR as a tribute to the Genoa International Boat Show and to the city of Genoa itself – illustrated Carla Demaria, President of the organising company I Saloni Nautici -. This year we have taken this one step further. A development that was made possible by a partnership with renowned artists who were happy to join us in making idea a reality. The display areas were therefore redesigned beginning with the entrance to the Show, where visitors and exhibitors alike are greeted by the installation “From shipyard to courtyard” by starchitect Piero Lissoni, created for the shipyard Sanlorenzo and exhibited in the Milan University, which, along with other works of art by international artists such as Davide Dall’Osso, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Igor Mitoraj and the Piazza del Vento, have transformed the Genoa Boat Show into an outdoor exhibition. A partnership was also established with the Florence International Biennial Antiques Fair, which is now a part of the Boat Show’s new concept of acting as a container of value, in a much broader sense”.

For two years now, institutions such as the Liguria Region and the Municipality of Genoa have aimed at extending the effects of the Genoa International Boat Show to the city and the region as a whole, in order to create new flows of tourism, similarly to what Milan is able to achieve with its crown event, the Salone del Mobile – commented Ilaria Cavo, Liguria’s Regional Assessor for Communication , Education and Youth and Cultural Policies -. The events outside the Boat Show are met this year by the presence of important artworks throughout the event itself. A shift that I, as the Assessor for Culture, have incentivised and which has seen a very positive reaction from visitors: it is no coincidence that the first piece, located at the entrance to the entire Show, comes from the initiatives that took place around Milan during its own Salone del Mobile: the work by Piero Lissoni, art director of the San Lorenzo shipyards, “From Shipyard to courtyard”, a crimson skeleton of a ship. Thanks to a partnership with the shipyards and patron Perotti, we were able to bring this magnificent work of art here, in what could be its natural habitat. Also worth seeing are Nereo Rotelli’s play on light and art and the unmissable statues sculpted by Igor Mitoraj. They can be seen at the centre of the Show: classicism revisited through a modern lens juxtaposed to the art of design: an evident touch of culture, beautiful to admire and the outcome of a committed collaboration between UCINA and various institutions“.