Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Palma Boat Show confirms its potential for growth by increasing the number of stands by 20,8%

A total of 40 out of the 158 exhibitors at this year´s show participate for the first time. The event, which takes place from 30th of April to 4th of May in Moll Vell, will host the largest concentration of brokers in the Mediterranean.

The Palma International Boat Show confirms its vitality and potential for growth in its 31st edition. The show, which takes place from 30th of April until 4th of May in the renovated premises of Moll Vell will host a total of 158 exhibitors, which is 20,8% more tan last year. This means two consecutive years of growth, as the event showed a 25% increase of exhibitors in 2013.

The strength and attraction of the nautical show is also reflected in the number of companies that participate for the first time in the show. Out of the 158 exhibitors that participate in the show, a total of 40 (25,31%) makes a debut in the show. When it comes to the origin of these companies, 50% are local  (20), while the other 50% are from elsewhere in Spain (13) or from abroad (7).

The area for superyachts and brokers has an increased prominence with 19 exhibitors, a double compared to last year, which makes this show the largest concentration of brokers in the Mediterranean and the floating exhibition reunites around 75 vessels from 25 to 70 m of length, with an emphasis on the sailing yachts. The most representative of this category is the ketch “Thalia” of 50 m of length, built by Vitters in Holland in 1994, and represented in this show by Ventura Yachts.

Along the large superyachts, the exhibition at the show is characterized by the predominance of vessels of the average size of 45 to 52 feet.

On the ground, the event turns into a great showcase of local, national and international companies that bring out the new products related to nautical tourism, marinas, tourist ports, shipbuilders, boatyards, workshops, traditional and local seafaring of the islands, nautical equipment and accessories, repair and maintenance of vessels and much more.

According to the interpretation of these figures by the director of the Palma Boat Show, Chema Sans, “the show hasn´t reached the limit yet, it is inmersed in a dynamic process that increases exponentially its possibilities of impact and growth in the coming years.” According to Sans, the increased participation confirms the comercial success of the event in 2013, and the buoyancy of the sector which is recovering step by step, a fact supported by the latest data from the growing boat market.

With regard to the participation in the area of superyachts, Chema Sans appreciates the increased number of boats on offer and specially the emphasis on sailing yachts in the floating exhibition of superyachts, “a detail that distinguishes the Palma Boat Show from other boat shows where the presence of motor boats is more prominent”.

With more tan 30.000 visitors in 2013 and still growing, plus the impact of the show on national and international markets have been important factors for many of the companies represented in this show in their decision to come and show their new products in the privileged environment of the Balearic capital.

The event hosts, among other things, the lauch in Spain of the new Varianta 37, a sailing yacht by the German shipbuilder Hanse Yachts, distributed in Spain by Marina Estrella, and the oficial presentation of the sailing yachts Bavaria Cruiser 37 and Bavaria Cruiser 46; the national debut of the yacht V48 of the Princess Motor Yachts and the lauch of Tag Yachts´catamaran Tag 50 and Tag 60, and many other new products. Also new companies are launched, like the Live Aboard Club, a new, exclusive sailors club with a Majorcan flavour; Dufour Yachts, recently established in the offices of Real Club Náutico de Palma for the distribution of the French brand in the Balearic Islands and many other newcomers related to the sector.

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