Two rival Turkish boat shows whose dates overlapped – the CNR Eurasia Boat Show and Boat Show Eurasia – have ended their combined 17-day run in Istanbul.
The 13th CNR Eurasia Boat Show was held from February 10-18 at the CNR exhibition center, while Boat Show Eurasia ran from February 17-25 at Via Port Marina in Tuzla.
The two shows took place on opposite sides of Istanbul. The CNR exhibiton center is on the European side of the city and Via Port Marina is on the Asian side with a distance of 58.5km between them.
Located on two different continents, the two shows were not only divided by the Sea of Marmara but also by the type of exhibitor in attendance.
Companies that focus mostly on sailing yachts and sailing equipment chose to exhibit at Boat Show Eurasia in Via Port Marina. This resulted in the CNR Eurasia Boat Show exhibiting just one sailing yacht brand, Hanse, for the first time in the show’s 13-year history. Hanse had five models on display.
Due to a decrease in the number of exhibitor halls, CNR offered large areas to exhibitors and organised seminars from well-known Turkish names such as Sunay Akın and Ayhan Sicimoğlu.
The Superyacht Panel was particularly popular, as it was the first time that representatives from Turkish builders Aes Yacht, Arkın Pruva, Mengi Yay Yachts, Sarp Yacht, Su Marine, Taka Yacht and Turquoise Yacht talked about the future of superyachts in Turkey.
The Sanlorenzo SL78 made its Turkish debut at the CNR Eurasia Boat Show, along with four new Princess models – a Princess 75 Motor Yacht, Princess 68, Princess 62 and Princess V40. Turkish builder Mengi Yay's 44m Virtus also launched at the show.
At Boat Show Eurasia, boats under 25m were represented on land and the larger models were on the water in Viaport Marina. Among them were sailing models from Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria and Dufour. Gulf Craft's Majesty 110 had its Turkish debut at the show.
Both events ended with fewer attendees than expected. Many industry professionals strongly believe that two shows so close to each other are too much for Istanbul. The general consensus is that there should be two shows – one focussing on marine equipment and the other on boat sales – held at different times of the year.