The Durban and International Boating and Lifestyle Show, to be held at the Durban Marina between 28 and 30 June 2013, is an annual event show casing not only the craftsmanship of boat builders in KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country to potential buyers, but also the outdoor lifestyle associated with boating.The Durban and International Boating and Lifestyle Show, to be held at the Durban Marina between 28 and 30 June 2013, is an annual event show casing not only the craftsmanship of boat builders in   KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country to potential buyers, but also the outdoor lifestyle associated with boating. The boat building sector, which is labour intensive, is a strategic priority sector in terms of the National Industrial Framework, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and locally the eThekwini Economic Development Strategy. 

Against this background the EThekwini Maritime Cluster (EMC) uses the opportunity to provide, through its Boat, Ship Building and Ship Repair and Enterprise Development Programmes, boat builders in the EThekwini cluster with a marketing platform, upon which they can access domestic and international markets. This year will be EMC's second participation at the event, since the organisation began programme implementation in 2011. While the Durban International and Lifestyle Show will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, EMC commemorates its 5th year of existence since it launched in 2008.

Amongst some of the key partners that the EMC has collaborated with to make this platform available to boat builders are: Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) and EThekwini Municipality.  This year\\\'s boat show will see the advent of the KZN Pavilion, to show case KZN manufactured products.  This Pavilion is hosted by the EMC, KZN Sharks Board and Trade and Investment KZN (TIKZN).

Some of the events that stand out as highlights during the boat show are the official opening, by the EThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor, Councillor Nomvuzo Shabalala, on Friday the 28th. On the Saturday the 29th there will be an address, certificate hand over and price giving by the MEC of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in KZN, Michael Mabuyakhulu, and the event will conclude with the MEC's cocktail function aboard a yacht. 'With this boat show,  EMC hereby practically demonstrates the implementation of macro and micro economic development which we hope will be sustainable, and thereby create sustainable entrepreneurship in the Province of KwaZulu -Natal and beyond', Said Mr Wandile Mzamo, Chairperson of the EMC board of directors.