After a positive start to a fully booked show, the 2018 Gothenburg International Boat Show closed on Sunday with a 12% drop in the number of visitors. Exhibitors, however, were satisfied with the show and many reported strong sales and interested customers.

In total, some 56,892 visitors were in attendance compared to 64,946 in 2016.

“We’re happy with the show itself,” says Jacob Ryder, part of the organising team. “A lot of exhibitors said they had good sales and those who came to the show were motivated to invest in their boating life.

“After two years of growth, it's disappointing to have a drop in the number of visitors," he adds. "We don't know why this happened, but on the bright side the number of young visitors grew to 10%.

This year’s Gothenburg show was the 59th edition. Approximately 425 boats were on display with some 50 world or Scandinavian premieres. Some 280 exhibitors took part on 30,000sq m area, with a Princess 43 as the largest motoryacht and a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 as the largest sailing yacht.

Several exhibitors were satisfied with sales. “The show has exceeded all our expectations with an enormous interest,” says Niels Stielund at Carver Yachts, which sold a C34 and a C37 during the show.

“For us it was especially satisfying that we sold so many boats to totally new boat owners,” says Eva Nickalsson at Cremo Produktions AB, producer of Crescent Boats.

“We had a really good show with better business results than last year,” says Anders Hultman, CEO of Båtagent.

Companies like Hellman Yachts, which represents Sunseeker and Sea Ray motoryachts, were also positive. The group generated around SEK9m in sales and brokerage.