Record Attendance and Exhibitors at METS

A record number of exhibitors visited a record number of exhibitors at the 27th METS as the world's largest marine trade show wrapped up Thursday in Amsterdam.

A total of 21,086 visitors attended the three-day show, surpassing the 20,500 record set in 2013. According to show organizers, METS also attracted 6.5 percent more international visitors and 3 percent more decision-makers year-over-year. "As impressive as these figures are, the real tribute to the success of METS 2014 was the bustling atmosphere throughout the RAI complex,' says Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at Amsterdam RAI. "From the excellent Breakfast Briefing on the opening morning of the show to the final deal struck on the exhibition floor, from the high degree of knowledge exchange at the complementary conferences to the networking fun at the various social gatherings, METS was a great place to be. Now the work starts to emulate this success again at METS 2015 and raise the bar even further!'

"Canadian exhibitors are very happy with the show this year,' said NMMA Canada Executive Director/VP of Government Relations, Sara Anghel. "METS is a show that is about building long-term relationships, and the exhibitors that keep returning year after year always find it worthwhile, not only because it provides a great venue to meet with numbers of existing customers, but by having the ongoing opportunity to develop new business partnerships.'

"Overall METS was really good for us,' said Michael Szwez of Dock Edge +. "We had a lot of traffic at the booth, and primarily from the types of customers that we came to see, which was distributors rather than dealers. It's fine to talk to a lot of people but if they're not the clients you're trying to reach, there's not so much value in that. But the quality of the crowd at METS was good, there were a lot of bona-fide buyers.'

"The show has been very strong this year, very well attended,' agreed Jeff Bond, with Wiarton, Ontario-based  Caframo. "We've gained a number of solid leads for new business. We'll be back next year.'

A total of 1,345 companies from 46 different countries took exhibit space at the world's largest marine parts and accessories trade show. The figure surpasses 2013's total of 1,320 exhibitors, which was itself a record. Exhibitor booths fill seven buildings and include no less than 18 country pavilions.

Traffic at the desk to rebook exhibit space for 2015 was brisk on the final day, with an astounding 62 percent of exhibitors having already rebooked their space by the end of the show.

The 28th METS will be held from November 17 to 19, 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands.