Worlds No. 1 Yacht and Watersports Fair

The upbeat mood in the European yacht and boat industry promises to fill the exhibition halls at boot Düsseldorf once again. Thanks to its highly international profile, the world's No. 1 fair for yachting and watersports, to be staged from 20 to 28 January 2007, is expected to capitalise on strong demand for premium-quality boats, yachts and equipment. boot 2007 will be spread across 17 halls to cover 220, 000 square metres of exhibition space. It's anticipated that roughly 1, 650 exhibitors hailing from over 50 countries will unveil premieres as well as the latest products and services for all things yachting and watersport.

All of the leading shipbuilding nations will be on board - from France, Italy, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and northern European countries to the USA and Gulf countries. About 600 presentations, a good third of the exhibitors, will travel to the fair from outside of Germany. The biggest foreign exhibitor contingent comes from the Netherlands, represented by 150 yards, equipment suppliers and service providers, followed by Italy and France with 70 exhibitors each to their names and the UK with 40 presentations.

In its core segment of boats, yachts and equipment, boot is not only in ship shape but also boasts a seamless range. Nine exhibition halls will showcase 400 international yards and dealers with some 2, 000 models of all sizes. From Azimut to Sunseeker and from Bénéteau to Yachtwerft Greifswald, everyone who is anyone in the world of watercraft, including several first-time exhibitors from the Middle East and Turkey, will take the floor in Düsseldorf.

The palette of boats and yachts will be rounded out by an excellent, high-calibre range of boating equipment, marine electronics, engines, technical accessories, top-quality functional clothing as well as marina equipment. Some 400 exhibitors will step out in this segment in Halls 4, 5 and 9.

Large, luxuriously furnished yachts are in demand around the world. Developments in Hall 6, which is home to the large yachts, and at the Superyacht Show clearly reflect this trend. Next January, Hall 6 will offer the impressive spectacle of some 70 yachts between 15 and 30 metres in length. The dimensions of more than 30 of the vessels call for them to travel to the fair under their own steam or on special transporters by water. Among the prize pieces at the fair will be a 25-meter, Dutch-made sailing yacht and a 30-meter motor yacht built in Taiwan.

The Superyacht Show at boot in Düsseldorf has the happy prospect of growth to look forward to. In the coming year, the showcase will spill over from Hall 7a into an additional area on the ground floor of Hall 7. Eighty yards, engineers, designers and industry-specific suppliers will flaunt their skills in building large and superyachts. Among them will be joint presentations from Germany, France and Denmark as well as from the Middle East.

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