This year’s Barcelona International Boat Show will host a series of professional meetings in the form of one-to-one interviews between trade visitors and exhibitors. The meetings will last for 30 minutes, will be free of charge, and will be arranged via an app on the show's website which is being launched today.

Organised by Fira de Barcelona, this year’s show will have a greater emphasis on business opportunities, encouraging networking and one-to-one meetings between the professionals taking part. Exhibitors and visitors will therefore have an area in which to liaise and offer their products and services with the aim of opening up new markets, sourcing new suppliers, finding partners and learning about new projects.

From today until October 6, visitors and exhibitors who wish to take part in the first Professional Meetings sessions can register on the show's website. They should provide their professional profile, a description of the kind of collaboration they are looking for, and what ideas they would like to discuss at the meeting. Once completed, the profiles will be posted openly on the website so other participants can check out the profiles that most closely match what they are looking for.

From September 15 to October 6, the process of proposing and receiving meeting requests will be activated, the status of which can be checked at any time on the website. However, a few days before the start of the show, visitors and exhibitors will be sent a personalised agenda detailing their confirmed meetings and timings, along with the venue and information on the person with whom they will be meeting.

The Professional Meetings between trade visitors will be held in the networking area of ANEN (the Spanish Association of Nautical Companies) on 11, 12 and 13 October from 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. Meetings between trade visitors and exhibitors will take place every day of the show, from October 11-15. These will be held on the exhibitor's stand at the same times as the meetings between visitors.

The aim of this initiative is to “continue promoting the show's leading role as a catalyst for fostering new contacts and business between exhibitors and visitors," says show director Jordi Freixas, adding that more than 50% of the sector's annual sales in Spain last year were instigated at the Barcelona show.