More than 260 exhibitors are expected to attend the 56th Barcelona International Boat Show this year, which runs from October 11-15 in downtown Port Vell.
According to event organiser Fira de Barcelona, more boats will be displayed than ever before, especially catamarans, along with a host of marine-related products and services. The extensive programme of activities will include technical seminars, presentations, workshops and entertainment for every age group.
Demand for exhibitor space is also strong, with more than 75% of all available space sold as of today – a 5% rise compared to this time last year.
"Once again, the show will confirm its position as the leading event of its kind in Spain and southern Europe, demonstrating all its potential as the best commercial platform and meeting place for the sector," says show president Luís Conde.
Meanwhile, the show’s director, Jordi Freixes, mentioned how “very positive it is that at this stage we have already booked more than 70% of the space, which underlines the sector’s recovery after so many difficult years.”
The show will take over Moll d’Espanya and Moll de la Fusta in the Port Vell marina where the floating exhibition will be held, showcasing boats up to 8m in length as well as a land-based exhibition area featuring the latest nautical products and services such as engines, electronics, paints, sails, trailers and more.
There will also be a range of themed areas where numerous activities will be taking place for sector professionals and the general public, including the Espai del Mar conferences and seminars, and traditional sailing workshops.
The Barcelona International Boat Show is organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with Spanish marine industry association ANEN.