ACI Continues Its Promotional Activities at Boat Fairs Abroad
After a successful individual exhibition at Düsseldorf’s boot, the world’s largest watersports trade fair, at the end of January, ACI co-exhibited with the Croatian National Tourist Board at BIT Milano – Borsa internazionale del turismo, Italy’s largest tourism fair. ACI’s presentation at the fair drew a lot of attention, as ACI representatives Gracia Krainer and Silvana Stiglić held a press conference on the first day of the fair, Thursday 11 February, presenting all the new products and services offered by ACI in the coming season, with a focus on the new ACI Marina “Veljko Barbieri“” in Slano near Dubrovnik. The conference was attended by over 50 journalists and bloggers from Italy, who voiced their enjoyment of the presentation and continued asking questions at the buffet reception given subsequently by ACI. Meetings with Italian journalists resulted in a series of planned articles in Italian specialist boating magazines, which will continuously present and promote all the new ACI Marinas products and services during the next several months and the main summer season.
ACI’s special guest at the press conference was Director of the Assonautica Italiana boating association, Professor Paolo Dal Buono, our devoted friend and a passionate sailor, who very charmingly explained to the journalists present why Italians are enamoured of the Croatian Adriatic and why they prefer to visit ACI’s marinas on their cruises. Professor Dal Buono praised the level, quality, and wide range of services offered to boaters in ACI’s marinas from Umag to Dubrovnik, as well as the hospitality of ACI’s staff.
After Milan, ACI presented its marinas’ new products and services at Munich’s 47th Mittelmeerskipper-Treffen, a meeting of Mediterranean boaters organised by the boating section of Germany’s ADAC automobile club, traditionally during the F.re.e (formerly C-B-R) free time fair. ADAC is the largest automobile club in Europe, and its boating section has over 2.9 million members. The event’s founder, Dr Hans Schmidt, was, as always, in attendance, and the meeting was moderated by Dr. Steffen Häbich, President of ADAC’s boating section. Topics addressed by the speakers included vessel insurance and damage assessment, and the importance of weather forecasting. Several newly published maritime books were also presented.
Siniša Radojičić, the manager of Zagreb’s Bantours charter company, spoke about current laws and regulations on the sojourn of vessels in Croatian waters, while Silvana Stiglić of ACI’s Marketing Department gave a talk on ACI’s new Marina “Veljko Barbieri” Slano and other novelties awaiting boaters in ACI’s marinas this season. Over 60 boaters who attended the meeting followed the talks with keen interest and expressed great satisfaction with ACI’s great news and offers, in particular with the new Slano marina and the prize contest offering free yearly berths in Slano to the three luckiest winners. News that the land-based part of ACI Marina Pomer will be completely reconstructed also met with applause, as ACI’s marinas in Istria and the Kvarner region are the favourites of boaters from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.