IFBSO Code of Excellence

Transparency of entry rules, allocation of space, appeals system and waiting list rules

The organiser will make publicly available within the application form and/or in the terms of participation:

  • Entry rules for the exhibition;
  • The rules governing allocation of space including the operation of any waiting list;
  • Details of the allocation appeals system, including the person or body charged with responsibility as final arbiter.

Exhibitors’ compliance with construction standards

  • Boat show organisers will inform exhibitors that it is the exhibitors’ responsibility to ensure that all their products on display and for sale must comply with the construction and manufacturing standards for craft and other specified equipment in the country where the show is held.
  • Where regulations (such as product safety laws) apply to boats or other specified equipment, boat show organisers will require all exhibitors to comply with all laws and regulations relating to goods and/or services applicable in the country where the show is held. In particular, when displayed in the EU, an exhibitor’s boat or engine must either be correctly CE marked or display a disclaimer notice that such products may not be marketed or put into service until they have been made to comply with the relevant EU Directives.

Additional costs

  • The show organiser will provide full details of costs for technical services and compulsory additional costs payable to the organiser.
  • In the case of charges payable to a contractor, such as electricity or forklift work, the organiser will either provide details of such charges or identify the contractor whom the exhibitor can approach for details.
  • Counting of visitors and sold exhibition space
  • Organisers will provide details of attendance and net sold space in accordance with the standards and definitions published by UFI.


  • Organisers will publish audited attendance figures and state the auditing body.
  • Promotion of boating
  • Organisers will take active measures to promote boating at public shows.

Promotion of boating

  • Organisers will take active measures to promote boating at public shows.


  • IFBSO member boat shows will endeavour to participate in our #ReThinkPlastic initiative to the best of their ability and are encouraged to run a campaign to communicate diverse information on issues related to plastic pollution in order to create or increase ecological awareness amongst exhibitors and visitors. The campaign will be dedicated to showcasing policy developments on water quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, promoting participatory approaches to sustainable urban development, networking schemes, and will be providing tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.
  • IFBSO member boat shows should also aim to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics at their shows wherever possible (eg food packaging, grocery/plastic bags, bottles, straws, containers, cups, cutlery, promotional items, etc) and embrace the principles of corporate social responsibility.






#ReThinkPlastic Newsletter

18th March 2019

At last year’s ICOMIA / IFBSO Congress we agreed on the voluntary implementation of our #ReThink Plastic Campaign. Subsequently, we published the Code of Excellence supporting the initiative on our website. This acknowledged that boa...
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Cooperation agreement Soundings Trade Only and IFBSO

12th February 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Soundings Trade Only and the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO) announce cooperation agreement. Essex, CT, February 7, 2019 - Soundings Trade Only (STO) and the International Federation of Boat S...
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