BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR SPANISH MARINAS
“The COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc in a large part of the economic sectors has not managed to stop the Spanish nautical sector, which as a whole has had a fairly positive 2020,” said the recently elected president of ADIN-CLÚSTER NÀUTIC, Amadeu Núñez. The director of distributor Recambios Marinos, who took the helm at the Spanish industry association in November, told: “Except for specific subsectors highly dependent on foreign tourism, such as maritime excursions and coastal cruises that have struggled, domestic consumers have opted for boating as a safe and secure family activity – so, for instance, the charter sector has been succesful in replacing foreign clients with domestic customers, which we expect to consolidate in the coming seasons – that will directly translate to an increase in demand and consequently an increase number of rental boat registrations.”
ADIN president, Amadeu Núñez
The new president is optimistic the Spanish marine market can maximise on the resurgence in boating interest
From January-December 2020, the registration of new boats throughout Spain decreased by 11.4%, from 6,030 to 5,343 registered boats, according to the report prepared by CLUSTER NAUTIC CATALÀ with data from the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine.
The number of boats registered for private use dropped 7.1% from 4,512 to 4,191, while boats registered for rental fell by 24% from 1,518 to 1,152 registered vessels.
Miquel Guarner, Secretary General of ADIN-CLÚSTER NÀUTIC, added: “Even considering an unfavorable scenario in relation to the pandemic, we trust that 2021 will be a year of growth for the nautical sector, thanks largely to the communication campaigns carried out during the 2020, informing of the health and safety aspects surrounding the practice of nautical activities that have caught on in the Spanish public, which should encourage an increase in demand in rentals, in nautical academies, in workshops and boathouses and in suppliers of spare parts and accessories ”.
Since taking over the presidency, a tenure that will last four years, Núñez has pulled together a team made up of representatives from different subsectors of the recreational marine industry, forming an Executive Committee with a board of directors to tackle day-to-day management issues.
The renewal of the positions of the presidency and Board of Directors also coincides with the presentation of a new image and website, to include the Clúster Náutic Català. Núñez will present the aims for ADIN and his four year presidency, later this week.
ADIN (l’Associació d’empresaris d’Indústries, Comerç i Serveis Nàutics) was established in1969, and in 2009 created the CLÚSTER NÀUTICA CATALÀ. The association brings together and defends the interests of more than 200 companies, various associations and entities within the nautical sector.