15th Annual Members’ Conference, 24-26 May 2018, Malaga, Spain
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the network’s mainstay event where it began in 2004, the city of Malaga and the Shiparrested.com network alike have grown exponentially since then. The Shiparrested.com network is delighted to invite our members once again to this lively city on May 24-26, 2018 to network within the industry at our annual conference.
Located on the western edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga is the capital of southern Spain’s “Sun Coast”. It has a rich and unique history dating back to the Phoenicians who founded the city in the 8th century BC. The city has also been inhabited by Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, and later conquered by the “Catholic Kings” in 1487. The port of Malaga has always played a strategic role in each passing civilization. Today, Malaga is a cosmopolitan city and one of Spain’s most important commercial and cultural centers.
The event will begin with a welcome cocktail reception on Thursday evening at the rooftop terrace of the AC Marriott Malaga Palacio hotel (weather permitting). Friday’s conference presentations will be held at Malaga’s Institute of Port Studies followed by dinner at one of the city’s most iconic restaurants, El Pimpi.
For those who have the time, Málaga is a great base to explore Andalucía and the rest of Spain. It is well connected by high speed train, plane, car, and bus. Some of the most iconic monuments in Spain and many UNESCO world heritage sites are just an hour or two from Malaga capital, like the Alhambra of Granada, the Mezquita in Cordorba, and the Andalucian capital of Seville, voted #1 city best in travel 2018 by Lonely Planet. In Cádiz, another of Málaga’s neighbor provinces, you can visit the land of Sherry in Jerez de la Frontera or the mecca of wind sports in Tarifa. The province of Malaga also has much to offer for historians and outdoorsmen alike. Take a short trip to Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain, to see the famous bridges and gorge, or indulge in a wine tasting tour of the region growing grapes since 1 BC for the Roman Empire. Enjoy the outdoors and sun exploring the Torcal and Dolmenes de Antequera or the Caminito del Rey, or perhaps you prefer relaxing in luxury on the beaches of Marbella. There is no lack of things to do in and around Málaga!