The boat show, which was originally part of the Valencia Motor Show (Feria del Automóvil de Valencia) between 2002 and 2008, was first known as the Valencia City Floating Exhibition (Exposición Flotante Ciudad de Valencia). The first show to be held as an independent event back in April 2009 was co-organised by the Spanish marine business union (Union de Empresas Nauticas – UEN) and the Consorcio Valencia 2007, the organising body managing Valencia’s interior harbour; a strategic alliance that continues to this day.
Since the first edition, the event has combined selling boats and accessories with boating exhibitions, tech talks and presentations, and has received great appreciation from both the press and the public. It was the first boat show for the city of Valencia, as well the first to have been held in the Valencian Marina.
The first four editions, held between 2009 and 2012, allowed the show to become an established event in the city with a restricted budget and it continued to alternate between a boat show exhibition and open-door days for the public to come and enjoy a variety of events related to the sea.
In 2013, the event took a major step and changed its name to what it is now known as the Valencia Boat Show and in the process attracted international exhibitors.
In 2016, more changes took place, moving the date of the show to the Autumn and opening up a new boat sales and exhibition area. Between 2016 and 2018, the show recorded an average 5-million-euro volume of boat sales each year with around 15,000 boating visitors, putting the event on the boat show map and confirming it as one where decisions are made, and boats are bought.
2019 will be another milestone in the history of the Valencia Boat Show, with the introduction of a professional leadership and management team. The show will offer novelties and combine professional boat exhibition and sale areas with spaces open to the public dedicated to accessories, water sports, innovation, culture and gastronomy.