- 71 exhibitors and close to 90 sailing and motor boats
- 16,000m2 of exhibition area including the newly renovated Tinglado nº2
- The event will keep its dates as an autumn show in 2019
Yesterday, Sunday the 4th of November was the last day of the Valencia Boat Show, which since the 31st of October exhibited a selection of new boats and new features of 2018, engines, deck fittings, accessories and nautical services. Throughout the five days it was open, the show received more than 9,000 visitors in total, who were able to stroll comfortably between the stands thanks to the new layout and extended central corridor, 2 metres wider than last year.
The show featured in this edition a total of 71 exhibitors, showcasing about 90 boats in more than 16,000 m2 of exhibition area in Valencia Marina, including the recently renovated Tinglado nº2, which hosted the indoor exhibition.
The new catering venues offered by well-known hospitality companies, as well as the installations and complementary services are some of the points best valued by the exhibitors, in a survey conducted yesterday. 53% of respondents said they would be willing to confirm and fully pay their exhibiting fees for the next edition before the 31st of May 2019 if they were offered a discount and/or the show was promoted further. The profile of visitors, according to the exhibitors, was 60% local, 30% national and 10% international, especially foreigners residing in the Valencian Community.
Activities for both professionals and the wider public
Throughout the five days of the show, various activities were held for professionals, boat owners and sea lovers, such as the Interwimer technical days, the Yanmar Marine annual distributor convention or the safety at sea talk offered yesterday morning by Alberto Zafra, commander in chief of the Provincial Maritime Service of the Guardia Civil. Saturday also coincided with the anniversary festivities of Valencia Marina, where free activities were offered for the whole family, and on Sunday, the youngest sailors of the Valencia Yacht Club offered an Optimist sailing exhibition in the basin of the Valencian dock.
The show will keep its autumn dates
The Union of Nautical Companies (UEN) and Valencia Marina, joint organisers of the event, have assured that the economic balance sheet of the show has been broadly positive and that in 2019 the show will be held again on similar dates, remaining as the last Autumn boat show of the Mediterranean circuit. “Our goal now is that in the next edition there is a fully professional management for the Valencia Boat Show, possibly taken over by a company that, as is our intention, will start working as soon as possible,” said Mercedes Gomis, director of the event.