The organiser of the Barcelona International Boat Show has announced changes to this year’s edition of the show. Port Vell will be the only venue for both the on-water and on-land exhibitions. In addition, the event will be held from 26 to 30 September, instead of the previously announced dates of November.

Changes have been made to make it easier for buyers and enthusiasts to visit the event. The move, which also aims to help boost the sector, responds to the outcome of a report that concluded that, given the current complex climate in the Spanish nautical sector’s, the model that best combines the possibility of attracting more buyers with the need to adjust the cost of participation for exhibitors is to concentrate the show in Port Vell, and for five days instead of the usual nine. As a result, the Barcelona show will be in line with the format used by other European shows, such as Cannes and La Rochelle in France, Southampton in the UK, and Genoa in Italy.

Since 1985, Port Vell has hosted the on-water show featuring larger boats, adding to the overall exhibition held at the nearby Gran Via exhibition centre. Show president Luis Conde says: “By concentrating all exhibits in the port, we can also show smaller boats on the water, a request made by many exhibitors and visitors, the main objective of which is to continue to boost the market and attract more enthusiasts.”

According to a statement, the show will also offer visitors more opportunities to try out boats as now the minimum length of on-water boats will be 8m (26.2ft), instead of the traditional 12m (39.3ft). Boats less than 8m will be exhibited in an on-land area in Moll de la Fusta, alongside other products and services.

Alejandro Landaluce, CEO of ANEN, says: “At these times of very difficult economic crisis, we have to opt for changes. Associate exhibitors have understood this and have chosen this model, which is the most attractive option, by unifying the entire range of exhibits in a single exhibition and on-water venue, something that, for some time, has been seen as a strategic need for the show. At ANEN, we are working to give our members the best options for developing their marketing strategies. We believe that this change responds to this objective.”

The Barcelona International Boat Show is organised annually by Fira de Barcelona and backed by ANEN, with which it has had a collaboration agreement since 2007.