The Belgian Boat Show in Gent was hailed a great success, with more exhibitors than ever before experiencing the positive atmosphere at the show.
The Jachthaven Biesbosch team was pleased to welcome both loyal berth holders and the many interested visitors that came to visit us on our stand.
Here's a brief overview of the show:
Belgian Boat Show 2014
The Belgian Boat Show recorded an increase of 21%, exceeding the milestone of 30,000 visitors over the course of the show. The four huge halls of the Flanders Expo were full of people relinquishing the past and regaining consumer confidence in the Boating Industry.
Most exhibitors felt enthusiastic at the close of the on Sunday 16th February; many felt that a number of good business deals had been done. Large and small yachts, as well as trailerable boats were sold, and in the water holidays sector, numerous boating holidays and trips were booked. The demand for navigation training and certifications was the most popular it has been for years.
Cautious optimism is growing in the industry, even though the demand for sailing yachts has lessened, and this showed that people are back spending money. The spirit of the audience attending the show was so good that many water sport companies expect sales to keep coming long after the end of the show.
The audience clearly enjoyed the themes that went through the halls. Retailers and accessories in Hall 3, tour operators, training and government services in Hall 5, federations and other organisations in Hall 7, large and small boats plus motorcycles, jet skis and inflatables in Hall 8.
Great variety is clearly the answer to the show's success, and The Belgian Boat Show is obviously the leader in what is happening in the water sports industry in Belgium. It shows, to both experienced sailors and beginners, what is possible in and on the water.
Jachthaven Biesbosch is already looking forward to participating in the 2015 exhibition.
The 27th edition of the Belgian Boat Show will take place from 14-16 and 20-22 February 2015 at the Flanders Expo, Gent.