Organizers of Germany's boot Düsseldorf Report Slight Attendance Boost

Organizers of this year's boot Düsseldorf International Boat Show say attendance was up by 2.8 percent compared to 2015. The 47th edition of Germany's largest boat show reportedly attracted 247,000 visitors from 52 countries, where they could visit some 1,800 exhibitors in 17 exhibition halls.

The event featured 1,800 boats and yachts on display, including a significant water sports component.

"It is so much fun starting the trade fair year with boot,' says Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. "Walking around the halls you could see happy exhibitors and great visitors, with exactly the right combination of trade representatives and private water sports enthusiasts. In gloomy January, boot 2016 was a professional party that made everyone look forward to water activities,'

Among the crowd, organizers say more than 50,000 show visitors arrived from European countries outside Germany as well as from overseas. "We are the top boat trade fair for international experts in particular, since we cover the entire maritime sector every year,' claims boot Director Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel. "Since the exhibitors bring both boats and equipment to our event, visitors are able to obtain a realistic insight into everything that is available.'

Jürgen Tracht, Director of the German Association of the Water Sports Industry, was delighted with boot 2016. "We are very satisfied,' explains Tracht. "[The show] gave our industry major additional momentum, which will produce positive results in the course of the year. We are expecting the uptrend in the water sports industry to continue in future as well. Almost 90 percent of the companies anticipate that the market will be expanding even more in the coming two to three years. The maritime economy is demonstrating impressive stability, with single-digit growth rates in practically all market sectors.'

New boot Director
On March 1, Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel will leave Messe Düsseldorf to take over the position of Secretary General and Director of the German Sailing Association (DSV) but will still be associated with boot since DSV is a partner organization of boot. The new boot Director will be Petros Michelidakis, an experienced trade fair manager who has been working for Messe Düsseldorf for years in the foreign representative office in Greece.

Next year, boot Düsseldorf will be held from January 21 to 29 in Düsseldorf, Germany.