Boat Show Sri Lanka is returning to Dickowita Harbour in Colombo this October for its fifth edition.

First held in 2008, the biennial Sri Lanka show has opened up a new frontier of fishing, leisure, industrial and commercial vessels and marine tourism in the country. The show focuses on investment opportunities in boat and shipbuilding, training and marine infrastructure in Sri Lanka.

Held from October 13-15, Boat Show Sri Lanka 2016 will provide a forum for the boatbuilding industry to display and promote their respective sectors to potential clients. It is considered South Asia’s most focused and largest international boat exhibition.

The event will also host the 16th World Export Development Forum (WEDF), an annual flagship event of the International Trade Centre (ITC), during the same period.

Boat Show Sri Lanka promises to be much bigger than the previous event in 2014, when 65 stalls displayed the products and services of Sri Lankan boatbuilders and allied industry/services companies. The show attracted more than 10,000 visitors, including around 300 foreign industry representatives from Maldives, Seychelles, Oman, Dubai, India, France, Belgium, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

This year’s show will showcase products mostly from the following four categories: pleasure boats; commercial boats; fishing boats; naval and coast guard vessels. Products related to boating will also be exhibited.

The show will also turn attention towards Sri Lanka’s emerging leisure boating sector. There are plenty of ideal waterfront lands for development of marinas and boat yards available around the island.

On the investment front, show-goers will be able to gain an insight into the following sectors:

  • Designing of all types of boats for exports. Investors with the necessary expertise can open facilities with or without local partnerships, particularly for designing boats for passenger transport and leisure activities
  • Manufacturing of boats, ships, yachts and superyachts
  • Trading and dealing in diving equipment, fishing equipment, electrical and electronic boating devices, propellers etc
  • Repairs, renovations and servicing facilities for boats, superyachts and ships
  • The building of high-speed aluminium boats and craft for export to regional markets such as India, Bangladesh, Seychelles and Maldives
  • Training on sailing, diving, wind surfing, kite surfing etc and having a professional institute for sailing to attract regional markets
  • Operating charter companies for superyachts
  • Development of a fully-fledged marina infrastructure to attract foreign yachts/superyachts to the country, along with high-profile foreign tourists

Boat Show Sri Lanka 2016 will be an ideal opportunity for all stakeholders in the boating industry to take a closer look at the developments in their industry.