Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Barcelona Boat Show have hailed the Spanish market, which has grown by more than 10% in the first nine months of the year.
The Barcelona Boat Show came to an end on Sunday (October 18) and the initial signs from this year’s show are that the Spanish boating industry is in rude health.
Organisers Fira de Barcelona claim that 55,000 visitors attended the five-day event, and this strong turnout reflects the level of boat registrations, which has risen 10.5% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year.
Other positive signs can be found in the total number of exhibitors, which rose by 4% to 260, and the number of new and used boats on display – up 3% to 670.
Event manager Jordi Freixas said: “This year, there have been more new products than in recent years, reaffirming the show as the leading business and trend-setting platform for the Spanish boating industry.”
Meanwhile, the dates for the 2016 Barcelona Boat Show have been confirmed, with next year’s event due to run from October 12-16.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Barcelona boat show have released details of the 70 new models due to be displayed next week.
Boat show season moves to Barcelona next week (15-19 October), with the likes of Rodman, Sunseeker and Lagoon due to descend on the city’s Port Vell.
The show’s organisers Fira de Barcelona have confirmed that the new Rodman Muse 44 will be on display, as well as the Sunseeker 75 Yacht and the Lagoon 630 MY motorcat.
A total of 250 exhibitors will be bringing 650 new and used vessels to display, a figure which Carlos Sanlorenzo, secretary general of the National Association of Nautical Companies, sees as a sign of Spain’s boat industry returning to rude health.
“The nautical season has been positive, with an average growth of almost 16% in the months of June, July and August, which reflects the stability of the sector to date,” he said.
Other attractions at the show include a wave machine, flyboard demonstrations, beginner’s stand-up paddleboarding sessions, and plenty more besides to keep watersports fans entertained.
Tickets for the 53rd Barcelona International Boat Show are on sale now for the advance online price of 10 euros (£7.80) per adult.