Monday, March 25, 2013

Presentation of the Show that will put the Balearic Islands on the nautical world map

The president of the Balearic government, José Ramón Bauzá, and the mayor of Palma, Mateo Isern presented today the Palma International Nautical Week, a collection of activities around the 30th edition of the Palma Boat Show, which will convert the Balearic Islands into a worldwide showcase of the nautical sector between the 29th of April and 11th of May. 

During the presentation, president Bauzá assured that “right from the beginning, this government has supported and promoted the nautical sector, which is of strategic importance for our community and has potential to create wealth and jobs”. Besides, the president reminded that “the nautical sector generates a business turnover of nearly 800 million euros, almost 3% of our gross domestic product”. 

The local authorities at the presentation.
Along these lines, José Ramón Bauzá made it clear that the Nautical Week is an example of “ how the public and private sectors work side by side”. In addition, he insisted that “the cooperation between the public and private sectors is the key and guarantee for a successful way to economic revival. 

The main event of the Nautical Week is the Palma Boat Show, to take place from 1st till the 5th of May in the Muelle Viejo in the Port of Palma. It will be the 30th edition of the show, and occupies a total exhibition space of 63.000 square meters, out of which 23.000 m2 on land and 40.000 m2 on the water.

As a novelty, the show will have three separate areas: one dedicated to the boating in general (with new and used boats and services of various kinds), a second one dedicated to superyachts and brokers, with an objective to accommodate the various boats and services in this market, and the third one is a gastronomy area specialized in seafood. 

When it comes to the stands, the majority will correspond to Balearic companies. There will be companies also from elsewhere in Spain and from abroad. 

Referring to the sectors, the boats will be largest in numbers, followed by nautical equipment, construction, maintenance, motors and generators, services, water sports, electronics, navigation systems and communication, nautical tourism, marinas and infrastructures, jetskis and quads. 

Given that this year is a thirtieth anniversary of the show, a whole lot of other activities have been created around the show. The objective is not only to showcase the latest in the recreational yachting and watersports, but to also promote the Balearic Islands, specially Palma, as a nautical destination par excellence with the largest network of technical and commercial services of the Mediterranean. 

It is worth reminding that all these activities have been agreed upon in the Organizing Committee, which is formed by representatives from the financial department of the Government, Palma Town Hall, the Tourism Office, the Port Authority, the Chamber of Commerce and the principal associations and federations of the nautical sector. 

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