Boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry (EBI) will hold the 3rd International Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, 23 January from 8:45 to 10:30 at this year's Düsseldorf show.

EBI secretary general Sandrine Devos says: “The International Breakfast Meeting was developed to answer the need to combine a commercial presence at the largest indoor boat show in Europe with a platform for the latest news on regulatory and market developments worldwide. And this is what the breakfast session will continue to do – providing in two hours the industry intelligence and updates that most exhibitors and journalists are looking for, allowing them at the same time to meet and network with industry colleagues.

“This year the focus will be on market development in both well-established boating countries, with the examples of France and the USA, as well as in the emerging countries, illustrated by Colombia and South Korea.”

The programme for the event includes:

  • A welcome address by Petros Michelidakis, director of boot Düsseldorf, Robert Marx, president of boot Düsseldorf and Piero Formenti, president of European Boating Industry
  • Anouk Groen – CMF trend forecaster. Design trends in sports and power products
  • Boating leaders’ market: USA. Robert Newsome, vice president, Engineering Standards & Membership, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). What does it mean to be the market leader, how is the industry developing in the USA?
  • Boating leaders’ market: France. Representative from Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN). Why is France the leader in Europe, what are the reasons and strategy behind it?
  • Emerging countries: Colombia. Udo Kleinitz, secretary general, ICOMIA. Colombia is attracting lots of attention
  • Emerging countries: South Korea. Tim Coventry, special adviser to the Korean International Boat Show. New marinas have been developed and the boating lifestyle is expanding in South Korea. Is the industry developing as fast?

The International Breakfast Meeting is free for all exhibitors and the press. It offers a unique opportunity to combine stimulating presentations, lively exchanges of ideas, and networking while enjoying breakfast. The idea of the breakfast briefing session was inaugurated in 2016.