A boat show is a public exhibition or trade fair of current boat models, debuts, concept vessels, or out-of-production classics. Due to the nature of the industry building around yachting and nautical tourism, a boat show may be a social event. It is commonly attended by marine manufacturers, ship and boat builders as well as yachtsmen.
Most boat shows occur once a year, typically for the duration of a week. They may have exhibitions on land or on water. Boat shows are vital to marine manufacturers and local dealers as a public relations exercise, for advertising products, and for increasing publicity.
List of boat shows
The following boat shows are recognized by the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO).
|Location||Show||Exhibition Space||# Exhibitors||# Foreign exh.
|Athens, Greece||Athens International Boat Show||50,000 m²||287||7||89,897||2009|
|Barcelona, Spain||Barcelona International Boat Show||110,000 m²||387||64||17,907||2009|
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Dubai International Boat Show||85,000 m²||702||247||23,000||2010|
|Düsseldorf, Messe, Germany||boot Düsseldorf||220,000 m²||1,577||677||240,200||2010|
|Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show||278,700 m²||986||132||117,200||2008|
|Friedrichshafen, Germany||INTERBOOT - International Watersports Exhibition||67,000 m²||512||123||93,800||2009|
|Genoa, Italy||Genoa International Boat Show||311,000 m²||1,450||560||280,500||2009|
|Gothenburg, Sweden||Gothenburg Boat Show||32,950 m²||344||12||77,124||2010|
|Hamburg, Germany||hanseboot - International Boat Show Hamburg||85,274 m²||765||124||96,059||2008|
|Helsinki, Finland||Helsinki International Boat Show||44,000 m²||345||8||74,551||2010|
|Lisbon, Portugal||Lisbon Boat Show||30,000 m²||340||54||79,664||2009|
|London, England, United Kingdom||London Boat Show||52,000 m²||520||40||103,000||2010|
|Miami, Florida, United States||Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami||225,430 m²||2,000||41||91,415||2010|
|Portorož, Lucija, Slovenia||Internautica, International Boat Show||37,400 m²||386||221||19,479||2010|
|Shanghai, PR China||Shanghai International Boat Show||32,000 m²||400||98||15,287||2010|
|Southampton, England, United Kingdom||Southampton Boat Show||154,000 m²||560||86||122,000||2009|
|Split, Croatia||Croatia Boat Show||128,000 m²||382||117||37,400||2009|
|Stockholm, Sweden||Stockholm International Boat Show||65,000 m²||472||31||104,657||2010|
|Sydney, Australia||Sydney International Boat Show||25,000 m²||263||7||71,810||2009|
|Yokohama, Japan||Japan International Boat Show||16,740 m²||170||8||42,000||2010|
Non-recognized but large boat shows include:
|Monaco||Monaco Yacht Show||40,000 m²||300+||19-22 Sept 2012||Monaco Yacht Show|
|Antibes, France||Antibes Yacht Show||15,000 m²||200+||12-15 April 2012||Antibes Yacht Show|
|Cannes, France||Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes||80,000 m²||450+||10-15 September 2013||Cannes Boat Show|
- Show size, International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO)
- Exhibitor numbers, International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO)
- Visitor numbers, International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO)