The 57th Genoa Boat Show closed on Tuesday with a 16.5% increase in visitor attendance. According to event organiser UCINA Confindustria Nautica, 148,228 people visited the six-day show – a 9.2% increase over the previous edition.
Daily visitor numbers were also up, rising between 10-14%. The number of foreign visitors reached 34,122.
"We came to the Genoa Boat Show to sell and we all sold,” said UCINA president Carla Demaria during the show’s closing press conference. “Every segment shows successful sales performance. This boat show mirrors the positive market trend, which, with an 18.6% increase, confirms that the sector is recovering. We have regained past sales values and we already have requests for the 2018 edition."
Figures released by UCINA on the opening day of the show point to a domestic rebound, with total industry turnover in Italy reaching €3.44bn in 2016 – up from €2.9bn the year before.
The conference, held in the UCINA Confindustria Nautica council room on Tuesday, was attended by the Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, the president of the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, Paolo Odone, the president of Regione Liguria, Giovanni Toti, and UCINA Preisdent Carla Demaria.
In his opening address, Mayor Marco Bucci said: "The boat show is a milestone for the city of Genoa and the numbers testify this success.”
During the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the institutions and UCINA Confindustria Nautica with the aim of consolidating the boat show in the years to come.
In her closing remarks, Demaria said: "Not only did we keep the promises made last April 10th during this boat show’s preview press conference, but we outdid them. We held our course and worked hard because we believed this boat show was the right instrument for the market. We committed to cooperate with the institutions and the fact that a memorandum of understanding has been signed today is without doubt very important."