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CEO, IPM GROUP (MARINAS)
Patrick Reynés Molina holds a bachelor in civil marine sciences and maritime transport and a master’s in yachting facility management. He is also a merchant marine pilot. Reynés Molina is the CEO of IPM Group and CEO of Mediterránea la Naviera de Formentera. He is also managing director of Marina Port de Mallorca and Marina Palma Cuarentena as well as a board member of local, regional, and national associations such as the Spanish Federation of Marina Associations, Spanish Association of Yachting Companies, Association of Yacht Marinas, and Provincial Association of Maritime Businesspeople. He previously did project management at Proyectos y Construcciones Náuticas and participated in the design and construction of Marina Puerto de Alicante as well as the construction, design, and management of several marinas and shipyards on the Mediterranean coast. Reynés Molina is a speaker at various yachting events.
Focusing beyond the tourism and ship repair facilities at its popular ports, IPM Group is also dedicated to ensuring its ports can be self-sufficient in terms of electricity and green initiatives.
How has Mallorca evolved as a nautical destination, and how has its popularity among yacht owners grown amidst COVID-19?
Over the past seven to eight years, Mallorca has seen high growth as a destination for yachts, especially medium to large vessels. We have a positive advantage, which is our location at the center of the occidental Mediterranean. In addition, in terms of tourism, one key component is that the infrastructure and businesses in the Balearics and Mallorca have been improved greatly in recent years to accommodate such large vessels. The improvements have also reflected in other touristic entertainment like golfing opportunities at our many golf courses, cycling, and many more.
What role do sailing regattas play in the development of Mallorca’s nautical sector?
Mallorca hosts high-level regattas such as Copa del Rey and Palma, which attract huge audiences from all over. Thanks to Mallorca’s many ports and marinas, there is also room to hold racing for smaller boats. Meanwhile, as IPM Group we organize the Ibiza Joysail Regatta, the only competition for super yachts of over 24m that includes an offshore race between Mallorca and Ibiza and races around Ibiza and Formentera. Ibiza is well-known as a fun destination with a great leisure offering. The idea was to create a different, fun, and attractive event that also allows an extremely high quality of participants to enjoy themselves beyond the competitive angle. The 2022 edition will take place from September 22-25, with the perfect blend of sailing and lifestyle at the end of the season in an extremely special destination that has never been used for this kind of events. It promises to offer thrills and fun among owners and their family and friends to enjoy Ibiza in the most relaxed way.
IPM Group has two marinas in Mallorca: Marina Port de Mallorca and Marina Palma Cuarentena. What do these two facilities mean for the inland’s overall nautical infrastructure?
These two installations are important for various reasons in terms of the client profile they attract. We wanted to work with mid to high-end clients and provide a great port experience from start to finish. Having an extraordinary team such as ours makes ports or any other business function optimally. Our facilities have been updated, and our focus is on customer experience at our two main locations in Mallorca, both of which are strategically located: Marina Port de Mallorca and Marina Palma Cuarentena. Complementary services at the ports are also a key component of our customer experience, such as shops, restaurants, communication and information centers, rental cars and, of course, golf. Mallorca as a whole has achieved great progress in this regard and has significantly expanded its offering for high-end visitors, and not just yacht owners.
How is IPM Group working for its recreational ports in Mallorca to be more sustainable?
This has been undertaken by ourselves and also by the owners. Our business and the experience of our visitors is essentially based on having clean water. From this, for many years now we have moved to modifying and adapting our facilities with all the environmentally friendly options available in the market, such as solar panels, automated taps, and LED lights. IPM Group has implemented carbon footprint actions to address this issue. Additionally, we believe that much of the work has to do with raising awareness and educating young generations on the importance of protecting the sea for the future of Mallorca. Our aspiration is to have a port that is almost wholly self-sufficient with solar energy and other green components that will set an exemplary example for our industry
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