With the first month of 2017 already nearly over, we have witnessed many headline events so far. Whilst Europe is experiencing a big freeze, there is a heatwave on the other side of the world. We have seen earth quakes, avalanches and violent storms, both real and political ones. The UK and Europe are preparing for the impact of Brexit whilst America and the world are getting used to a businessman President.
The boat show season got off to a flying start with a clutch of shows in the US and the flagship events the London and Düsseldorf boat shows in Europe both taking place in January.
During a visit of the recent London International Boat Show, the British government’s Minister for International Trade, Mark Garnier MP, stated: “The London Boat Show is a major showcase for the £3bn British leisure marine industry. And it’s a launch pad also for us to take British marine industries across the rest of the world.” He also gave this reassurance: “I also want to deliver a message to the marine industry in the UK that the Department of International Trade (DIT) is here to go out and help them sell their products across the globe.”
Meanwhile, boot Düsseldorf has opened its door last weekend to more than 360 manufacturers of sailing boats and yachts, multihulls, catamarans, day sail boats and dinghies. The show which will run until 29th January presents all aspects of the marine leisure industry with many highlights and the new Wave in the Surfers Village in Hall 2 being something of a sensation.
For a comprehensive overview of the most important boat shows in 2017 worldwide, please refer to the IBI International Boat Show Calendar 2017 which is now available for download in digital format from the IBI News website. IFBSO member shows are clearly marked with the appropriate IFBSO logo which represents a seal of quality due to member shows’ compliance with the IFBSO Code of Excellence.
The creation of a joint IFBSO/ICOMIA boat show working group heralds an even closer working relationship between the two organisations on areas of common interest, in particular the crucial question of how to attract new participants into the marine leisure industry and how to ensure that boat shows remain relevant and help to attain this goal.
This issue and other important topics will also be part of the discussions and seminars at the forthcoming ICOMIA/IFBSO annual congress which will take place from 24th – 27th May 2017 in Queensland in Australia.
There is much to do and look forward to in 2017 – come and join us and help shape our wonderful industry.