Biograd Boat Show hails ‘record-breaking success’
Motorboat & Yachting: The 2014 edition of the Biograd Boat Show has been hailed by organisers after more than 14,500 visitors flocked to the Croatian town.
The 16th annual Biograd Boat Show drew to a close on Sunday (26 October) with the organisers celebrating a record-breaking success.
The four-day exhibition, which recently joined the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers, had a record of 275 exhibitors from 13 countries. A total of 291 vessels were exhibited, ranging from 2-20m, including over 100 used boats.
The show was extremely well attended, with over 14,500 visitors boosting the usual 5,000 population of the nautical town of Biograd, which has 1,500 registered vessels. Exhibitors such as Bavaria, Absolute, Linssen, Targa and Riva were present, while local boat builders Mirakul and SAS-Vector promoted Croatian boatbuilding.
But it was Elan who exhibited the largest number of boats, with twelve vessels from the Croatian manufacturer at this year’s show. The show has greatly increased in size to include new features such as the Yacht Charter Information Centre, providing information for visitors on Croatian yachts for charter.
Meanwhile, the latest models of recreational vehicles and mobile homes were displayed in Camping Corner. Renowned for offering a great boat show experience, the intimate town of Biograd is proving increasingly popular.
Local hotels, restaurants and bars opened their doors to the nautical visitors, offering artisan food and drink from the region. Particularly appreciated was the pontoon bridge linking the main marina with Marina Kornati West, allowing guests to pass between them while afloat.
Free tours for visitors were offered on Biograd’s 36m event ship Nada, as well as RIB rides, and semi-submersible submarines. Live music and other entertainments continued into the early hours, with many visitors travelling from neighbouring European countries to attend.
With tickets costing under £5 a head (free for children under 14) and UK flights direct from London Stanstead, the international draw of the Biograd Boat Show looks set to increase next year.