Optimistic Outlook For Boot 2009

Despite the current economic situation worldwide, the organizers of boot 2009, 40th International Boat Show, are confidently looking forward to host the event from January 17 - 25, 2009 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. �The international yachting and watersports industry focuses its activities firmly on the Düsseldorf trade fair venue as the center of the European markets. We expect hall capacity to be well used and the showcase to be representative of the international offerings for yachting and watersports. boot 2009 will not, however, remain completely untouched by the worldwide financial crisis and trends towards recession, � commented Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel, Project Director of boot 2009.

A total of 1,650 exhibitors from 55 countries will present an overview of the global market for yachting and watersports in 17 exhibition halls covering 2.1 million square feet of gross exhibit space. Some 700 exhibitors (40% of the exhibitor total) will be from countries other than Germany and will occupy almost half of the exhibit space. Leading foreign exhibitor nations will be the Netherlands, Italy, France and Great Britain.

A new hall concept that responds to requests from the boat and yacht industry as well as current developments in the industry will be implemented at boot 2009. Motor yachts, motor boats and classic yachts will be on display in Halls 4, 5, 9 and 10, close to the large vessels and superyachts in Halls 6, 7a and 7. The Classic Show and steel yachts will be located in Hall 15. Motors, technical accessories, equipment and clothing will be on show in Halls 10, 11 and 12. Water tourism, charters, training institutions, associations and marinas as well as canoes and kayaks can be found in Halls 13 and 14. Sailing boats and yachts will remain in Halls 16 and 17 while dinghies and multi-hull crafts as well as wakeboarding, surfing and kite surfing equipment will be housed in Halls 1 and 2. The Diving Show boot-Düsseldorf will still be in its old venue Hall 3.

While large dimensions and lavish fittings in motor yachts continue to find international buyers, demand for mid-sized motor boats is more cautious and boot 2009 will reflect these developments. About 1,800 boats and yachts from some 400 international yards and dealers will be showcased at boot 2009. Around 70 yachts up to 98 feet long will be on exhibit in Hall 6. All together, 250 dealers and importers will unveil motor boats and motor yachts in Halls 4, 5, 6, 9, part of Hall 10 and Hall 15.

At the Superyacht Show in Hall 7a and parts of Hall 7, nearly 100 exhibitors - among them the four joint participations by the German Yachting Industry Pool, the French Nautical Industries Federation, the Arab Marine Industry Association (AMIA) and the HISWA Holland Yachting Group - will present visitors with their latest designs, models and services for all aspects of superyacht building. Sailing equipment will be on display by some 150 exhibitors in Hall 16 and 17 while boat equipment, on-board electronics, motors and technical accessories will be shown by 400 exhibitors in Halls 10, 11 and 12. Information on watersports vacation destinations, boat charter and training courses will be available from 350 exhibitors in Halls 13 and 14.

The Diving Show boot-Düsseldorf with its 350 exhibitors will feature well known equipment suppliers including Aqualung, Balzer, Bauer Kompressoren, Cressi, Camaro, Mares, Johnson Outdoor and Beuchat. In honor of boot-Düsseldorf�s 40th anniversary, Prof. Hans Hass, one of the diving legends and pioneers of the sport, will be at boot to celebrate his 90th birthday, present his books and sign autographs.

One of the boot project team�s goal is to attract new target groups to the trade fair, watersports and the industry in general. �In the future, we will put more emphasis on creating exciting worlds of experience relating to maritime recreation in order to offer both newcomers and boot regulars an informative and entertaining overview of the diversity of watersports, � explained Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel.

At boot 2009, the entire Hall 1 will be devoted to young watersports novices with the SailingCenter and Beach World. Other theme parks will include Watersports on the Move (watersports equipment that can be transported on, in and behind a car), Big Blue World (watersports and tourism) and the new World of Paddling (canoeing and rowing). In addition, the �Classic Show� will present vintage boats and at the �Galleria boot Düsseldorf� some 30 galleries and artists will display their artworks.

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