Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker, Princess and Cockwells are among the latest confirmed exhibitors for the 2015 edition of the London Boat Show.
A raft of new names has been added to the London Boat Show exhibitor list, as the 2015 event at the Excel Centre starts to take shape. Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Jeanneau, Cockwells, Williams Performance Tenders and Ribeye have all been added to the list of confirmed names, joining the likes of Beneteau and Fairline.
Running from 9-18 January 2015, next year’s London Boat Show should see the organisers deliver on their promise to bring the excitement back to the annual event. New attractions include a 4D experience, which allows showgoers to try out six different marine environments, with the atmosphere, temperature, scent, wind and soundscape of the tropics, the Arctic and many places in between.
Visitors will be greeted in dramatic fashion, as the new ‘wall of rain’ will frame the entranceway (pictured above). Just inside the Excel Centre, there will be the chance to plan your day using the digital information wall that displays details of all the key events, talks, seminars and celebrity appearances taking place.
Travel inspiration shouldn’t be in short supply – as well as plenty of destinations represented at the boat show, visitors can also pop next door and explore the Telegraph Cruise Show (9-11 January only).
Further attractions and exhibitors are due to be added in the coming weeks. Tickets are now available to pre-order online, with prices starting at £15 per adult (12-14 January only). Earlier this month, the show organisers released a teaser video for the 2015 event, and the RYA confirmed details of its member discount for the show.
Motorboat & Yachting: Despite a 5% drop in visitors, the organisers of this year’s Hanseboot boat show in Hamburg are hailing an upward trend in confidence.
Visitor numbers may have slumped by 5% at this year’s Hanseboot boat show (25 October – 2 November), but the organisers have claimed that market confidence is on the rise. The first weekend’s attendance of 24,000 was up slightly on last year’s figure, but the overall total of 76,000 visitors was down by 4,000 when compared to the 2013 Hamburg boat show.
Despite this organisers have argued that exhibitor confidence and boat buying levels are on the rise in the German market. Heiko Zimmermann, project director at Hanseboot, said: “Everyone who was there in the course of the event will have noticed the widespread sense of a new upward trend and confidence among exhibitors and visitors.”
His words are backed up by a survey that showed a visitor satisfaction rate of more than 70%, while 48% of visitors made a purchase on the day, up 12% on 2013’s figure. Key attractions at the show included Canoe World and a Dinghy Newcomers arena, which allowed first timers to try out paddling, sailing and motor boating.
Newcomers were particularly drawn to motorboats – 54% said that this was their main area of interest, with models from Fairline, Elling, Linssen and Frauscher on display. Looking to the future, the organisers have confirmed that the 56th edition of Hanseboot will run from 24 October to 1 November 2015.