METS Show Opens To Crowds, 1,300 Exhibitors

The 2010 METS show opened to large crowds and sold-out exhibition halls, with more than 1,300 exhibitors from around the world displaying a vast range of recreational boating products and accessories. Show organizers note that figure includes 125 firms exhibiting at METS for the first time.That figure is up from the 1,261 exhibitors reported in 2009.

Show organizers had announced that the 2010 show was more than 90 percent sold-out in mid-May, months ahead of final exhibitor deadlines. “Exhibitor response has been excellent – an encouraging sign that the industry is starting to see some positive economic recovery,” said METS Senior Product Manager, Irene Dros.

Highlights of the 2010 METS show include its increasingly successful SuperYacht Pavilion and its associated Refit Boulevard, a newly expanded Marina Equipment Pavilion, and the DAME Design Award, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010. “There's always a lot to focus on and we are more grateful than ever to have an enhanced exhibition venue and great visitor facilities,” said Dros. “At Amsterdam RAI, we are confident that METS 2010 will further enhance the show's reputation as the biggest and busiest in the industry.”

More than 18,000 delegates attended the 2009 METS, according to show organizers, who say that attendance through the first two days this year appears to be on par with, or slightly ahead of that. METS runs through Thursday at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.