Keynote confirmed

Details of the keynote at the Marinas24 International Conference and Trade Exhibition (Marinas24) in Brisbane this May have been finalised.

11 April 2024


The Marinas24 International Conference and Trade Exhibition (Marinas24) returns in just under two months. The conference program has now been locked in place, and details are emerging of the content that will be delivered by a diverse lineup of keynote speakers.

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) hosts the biennial event on 27 and 28 May 2024 at the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) in Brisbane, Queensland. Marinas24 will bring together around 350 marina owners, operators, and suppliers for two days of conferencing and exhibition, during which over 50 exhibitors will showcase their marina-related products and services.

The two-day program will tackle a range of industry issues, including focusing on specific operational matters, exploring opportunities, and showcasing future innovations.

The keynote, Designing Marina Precincts, is set to be the highlight of the conference.


Marina precincts are lifestyle precincts that enhance the boating experience by blending boat storage and maintenance facilities with ancillary services such as retail spaces, dining and entertainment, accommodation, water sports activities and meeting and event spaces.

James Tuma, Managing Partner at leading planning and design consultant Urbis, will bring together a panel of experts who believe that marinas aren’t just a place to park and maintain a boat, they are lifestyle precincts that can return considerable value to all stakeholders.

This panel brings hands on experience in delivering some of the most successful marina precincts in the country and globally.

Joe Ueberroth, creator of Dana Point Marina, California, will join Greg Shaw, CEO of Mulpha, developer of Sanctuary Cove and Hayman Island. They will be joined by Bryan Finney, CEO of the greenfield development North Harbour in Burpengary. Together they will share how marina precincts can drive profitability by increasing land use efficiency and deepening customer engagement by creating a harmonious blend of integrated services that considers functionality, aesthetics, sustainability and a broad market.

“James Tuma, is the ideal chair for this session. He has experience working on some very high-profile marine facility projects including Brisbane’s Queens Wharf, Darling Harbour and Howard Smith Wharves,” says Marinas24 Chair Mike Harvey. “James has the knowledge and capability to draw out what the audience needs to hear.”

Tuma adds, “This will be an invaluable session. Done well, marina precincts create additional and diversified income streams that increase customer engagement, satisfaction and longevity. They expand the market potential by opening the precinct for use by non-boaters who also seek to be part of the boating lifestyle and setting.

“You’d rarely get an opportunity to hear from a panel like this – the combined lived experience and passion from this panel will be incredibly inspiring for all who are fortunate to be there.”

MIA says the session is a “must for those seeking to maximise profitability,” and confirms that this year’s event features the biggest exhibitor line-up to date.

The entire conference program is available now on the Marinas24 website.



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