Having dreams and ambition are two traits of successful entrepreneurs. Nothing can be achieved if there’s no action to back those ideas. In the blink of an eye, EZDIVE has sailed into its 11th year. While it has not been a trouble-free journey, we truly appreciate all the support from advertisers, readers and contributors who got us where we are.
With the strength of our editorial team, EZDIVE is on a steady trajectory towards realizing our dreams and ambitions. Divers have been exploring the waters of Asia for the past 60 years and I do believe we all have played a part in one way or other for where the diving industry is today.
I choose to pen some of my thoughts regarding the diving industry and what is considered good industry practice. Some people regard recreational diving as glamourous business, while this is not true at all. In order for recreational diving to grow into a sustainable industry, we need people to do the right thing.
I have always regarded diving as a business, not quite an industry, because it still too sporadic and small a scale. In this business, organizations, instructors, dive shops, equipment manufacturers, resorts, and travel operators should work together more closely like the symbiotic relationship we see thriving in the wild. Believe it or not, diving is a mutually beneficial business; only those who are willing to cooperate can survive.
I predict that in the next 10 years, the leading market for diving will be in Asia, especially in the Greater China region. This lends both an opportunity, and a challenge as well! I’m happy to see an increasing number of Asian brands and companies joining this market. This is the era for Asian companies to rise, and your participation is welcome.
May your dreams come true, and enterprises are built upon dreams. Even though there are many uncertainties in 2017, but I am deeply impressed by the resilience and endeavor of entrepreneurs that triumph in the face of adverse circumstances. As Andrew Stephen Grove, former CEO of Intel says, “Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.”