Superyacht Design Symposium moves to stunning location in Austrian Alps
by Risa Merl
The Superyacht Design Symposium will celebrate its sixth year with a move to the Tyrol in the Austrian Alps. The must-attend event for superyacht professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe will take place 24-25 February, 2014.
The Superyacht Design Symposium offers an unparalleled platform for networking and sharing knowledge and ideas in an exclusive setting. A two day programme of in-depth presentations and discussions interspersed by elegant social events, including cocktail receptions and dinners, as well as skiing and partner activities, looks set to attract an international audience of yacht owners and the industry’s most influential figures.
Stimulating, authoritative, at times controversial, the Superyacht Design Symposium encourages discussion and debate and positively influences future superyacht projects. Past speakers have included such names as Ron Holland (pictured left), Andrew Winch, German Frers and Bill Tripp, as well as design experts from outside of the superyacht industry including Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes Benz. An impressive list of yacht owners who have contributed to the panel includes Bill Duker, Ed Bosarge, Ioanna Marinopoulos, Alan Dabbiere, Hani Jabsheh and Eric Wittouck, to name a few.
In its six-year existence, the premier event has taken place in cities such as New York, Palm Beach and Miami, Florida, and now set in the Alps, attendees will enjoy the unique setting. The new host venue for the Superyacht Design Symposium is Stanglwirt, an innovative 5-star Bio-Hotel, which combines luxury and originality, tradition and progress, while being fully committed to an organic philosophy. Owned and managed by the Hauser family for more than 100 years, guests at the Stanglwirt are indulged with first-class Tyrolean hospitality. The food on offer is locally sourced and of the very best quality and all rooms and suites are created using only natural materials. A spacious 1,200 sqm rock sauna area and baths are a key feature of the hotel offering guest a chance to reenergise and relax with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
The Stanglwirt is a paradise in itself and the magnificent landscape also attracts adventurous guests to explore the local area. Situated close to Kitzbühel and at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser–Brixental ski world: Austria’s biggest continuous ski resort, the hotel is a perfect base to allow delegates to partake in the skiing programme or explore the charming, medieval town of Kitzbühel. The Stanglwirt is conveniently located only 80km from Salzburg and 125km from Munich.
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