BY APB Staff on 5 May 2021

Free online workshop encourages boat enthusiasts and leaders in boating, tourism and property to come together and promote the development of Sri Lanka's recreational boating industry

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A free online workshop is being organised to promote the development of recreational boating in Sri Lanka next week, and boating enthusiasts and industry leaders are encouraged to sign up and share their views.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday, May 11 at 11am-2pm SLT (UTC+5.30) / 1.30pm to 4.30pm SGT/HKT (UTC+8).

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This free Zoom event has been co-organised by organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore; the Export Development Board; Sri Lanka – Singapore Business Council; Sri Lanka Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute; and Singapore Boating Industry Association.

Although Sri Lankan boat builders produce mainly for the commercial market, there is some recreational boat manufacturing in the country, and there is an increasing interest to cater to this segment. In conjunction with a drive to promote recreational boat building, the country also seeks to develop the domestic market in the coming years.

A tropical island state with 1,300 kilometres of coastline, eight Unesco World Heritage Sites and 15 national parks, Sri Lanka been called “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. It offers many of the elements that allow boating activity and marine tourism to flourish. It’s also a convenient stopping point between East Asia and Europe.

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The three-hour event comprises two panel discussions with experts including YP Loke, chairman of Singapore Boating Industry Association; Pierre Pringiers, founder of Sail Lanka Charter Group; and Lawrence Chow, chair of Hong Kong Boating Industry Association.

Panel 1 is focused on the potential for recreational boat manufacturing and export, while Panel 2 focuses on the development of the domestic sector (infrastructure and nautical tourism).

The workshop ends in a roundtable discussion with selected members of both panels coming together to take questions from the virtual audience, when the speakers will sum up the challenges and opportunities for the development of the recreational marine industry in Sri Lanka.


Registration is complimentary. Interested participants can sign up on the link below: