The 2020 Düsseldorf Boat Show (boot Düsseldorf) drew to a close on Sunday, marking a strong start to the new decade with a hugely successful event. Visitors were said to be enthusiastic about the wide-ranging programme and selection of products and services provided by the more than 1,900 exhibitors in the 17 halls of the exhibition site.
Closing figures show that over 250,000 people from 106 countries attended the nine-day event, up from 247,700 in 2019. Around a quarter of those were international visitors, mostly from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, France, the US and Canada.
“This large proportion of international visitors shows that we are very well-prepared for the future with the boot concept,” says show director Petros Michelidakis. “Here in Düsseldorf, in the heart of landlocked North Rhine-Westphalia, we really have succeeded in creating the most important international platform for watersports. boot demonstrated convincingly this year just how impressive the industry’s innovative skills are. The focus was on alternative drive systems, boat construction from renewable raw materials and international ocean protection projects.”
According to Michelidakis, boot 2020 achieved a satisfaction rate of 96% among the visitors. “The new, very clear hall layout with special walks for the different target groups was a major success. boot fans were able to plan their own individual tour of the trade fair perfectly with the ‘Power Walk’ through Halls 1 to 9 for motorboat enthusiasts, the ‘Sailors’ Walk’ in Halls 15 to 17, the ‘Holiday Walk’ in Halls 13 and 14, the ‘Divers Walk’ in Halls 11 and 12 and the ‘Surfers’ Hotspot’ in Hall 8a.”
boot 2021 will return to Düsseldorf next year from January 23-31. The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.