PRESS RELEASE - Athens, 15 April 2004

Subject: "What to expect at the 2004 INTERNATIONAL YACHTING SYMPOSIUM" - MAY 9-13, 2004

What to expect at this year's "3rd INTERNATIONAL YACHTING SYMPOSIUM 2004", Poros Greece! During the B2B event on the 9-13th of May in POROS, one can expect a series of lavish fetes and happenings. The first being a striking array of MEGA yachts lined up in the POROS marina which has been extended to accommodate over 50, sleek motor and sailing yachts and 12 exhibition stands of Greek Yacht Brokers. This year's event will be opened with a VIP reception hosted by the Mayor of Poros on the grounds of the posh, nineteenth century Naval Academy overlooking the harbor.

The Symposium's Forum will address the "Update on the Status of Yachting in Greece" and "Greek Islands as a Yachting Destination" to name a few. Additionally, treats such as the Gourmet Chef Competition will be sizzling with heated competition and no doubt, fabulous culinary delights! The hot question is, who will take the "Golden Spoon Award" for 2004.

NEW to this year's event, will be a Wine Tasting Forum entitled, "Understanding Greek Wine". The wine forum will be with Wine Master, Nico Manessis. The two-hour wine tasting of various Greek vintages will incorporate an 'Island Theme' complementary to "The Greek Islands as a Yachting Destination". Details for visiting island and coastal vineyards will of course, be provided. Topics covered are Greek wine varieties, regions and styles. Experts will discuss and disseminate know-how on how to properly taste, purchase, store and collect wine. This year's tasting will highlight a select presentation of exclusive Greek vintages for the sophisticated and discriminating palette.

Wine Master, Nico Manessis' experience includes vineyard management, wine production, marketing and fine wine advisory services which span Europe and the U.S.A. with more than 20 years experience. He is the author of the "Illustrated Greek Wine Book" and has contributed to numerous books including the "Sotheby's Wine Guide". He is a member of the Academie Internationale du Vin and resides in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other festivities for 2004 will include Traditional Greek Dances, excursions to the ancient theater of Epidaurus and Mycanae Palace and finally, a Leisurely Cruise on select Mega Yachts back to Athens!

The 3IYS2004 is organized by the Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association (HYBA) and the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (HPYOA), Coordinated by iForce Communications S.A., Under the Aegis of the Prefecture of Piraeus and the Municipality of the Island of POROS. Generous sponsorship includes: PLOKAT and Media Sponsor, BOAT International.

This year's participation is estimated to be more than two hundred (200) international brokers from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, U.K. and the USA.

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