More than 30 thousand people visited the Arsenale during the five days that marked the fourth edition of the Venice Boat Show, arriving from all over the Adriatic basin and Eastern Europe, for a total of thirty foreign countries. The event is thus confirmed as fundamental to this sector of the market, which is still growing and finding new ideas every season.
What was once known as the world's largest shipyard in the past days hosted the giants of international yachting, true gems that, year after year, break records in terms of size, luxury, design, technology and comfort. The Venice Boat Show, with ever-increasing numbers both quantitatively and qualitatively, has thus become a reference point for boating enthusiasts, renewing the deep bond between Venice and the sea.
The event - organized by Vela spa on behalf of the City of Venice and in cooperation with the Italian Navy for the extraordinary opening of the Arsenale - is supported by the Government and the Region.
The Mayor of the City Luigi Brugnaro declared: “The Arsenal has confirmed itself as the home of the peoples of the sea, which includes not only those who strolled the piers searching for their ideal boat, but also many dedicated workers, researchers and politicians. We have seen great interest around the vessels presented, and equally great satisfaction from the shipyards involved. The Venice Boat Show was also the ideal theatre for the first convention of Fondazione Venezia Capitale Mondiale della Sostenibilità (Venice Sustainability Foundation), highlighting the attention we dedicate to this topic which remains fundamental for our future, and even more so for that of our youth. A sustainability, we have chosen to intertwine with the sea, which opens new scenarios for applications of technological research on an industrial scale, with an entire pier dedicated to green sea travel as well as the 154 million euro investment by the Avm/Actv group in order to make our fleet of water buses ever greener”.
The Arsenal has confirmed itself as the home of the peoples of the sea, which includes not only those who strolled the piers searching for their ideal boat, but also many dedicated workers, researchers and politicians
Beyond visiting the vessels, the Venice Boat Show was also the stage for some fifty scientific meetings such as conventions, conferences and presentations on the theme of sustainability, but also included laboratories, water demonstrations and learning activities for children and their families. The ancient “Tese”, once productive centers for the "Serenissima", hosted traditional Venetian shipbuilding, nautical installations and accessories as well as the latest innovations in propulsion technology.
The Venice Boat Show saw the presence of 300 boats, 240 of which in the water, for a total ship length of 2.7 kilometres, 220 exhibitors, 180 of which Italian (including Ferretti Group, Azimut Benetti, Solaris Yacht, Sanlorenzo Yacht, Pardo, Arcadia, Invictus, Absolute and FIM), 2,000 operators, more than 500 staff, 448 accredited journalists, 33 foreign operators and journalists brought by the Italian Trade Agency (coming from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Spain, Serbia, the United Kingdom), over 50 cultural events such as conventions and talk shows, the greater part of which dedicated to the theme of sustainability, the health of the sea and new propulsion technologies, both electrical and hybrid.
Among the expositors arriving from abroad is Pegasus Yachts, which presented their 50 footer vessel to the public in both its traditional and electric versions. In the powerboat sector, the foreign presence is naturally more consistent with expositors arriving from Turkey, such as the Sirena Yacht shipyard which exhibited their Sirena 58, and from Brittany, an area in France with a high density of shipyards which exhibited the Fountaine Pajot 67. Moreover, Sunseeker arrived from the United Kingdom with four vessels, including the Superhawk 55 and the Manhattan 65.
Perhaps the best representation of the interest from foreign nations in the Boat Show was the Greek shipyard Omikron, which presented its newly launched vessel in Athens just weeks before the commencement of the exhibition and arrived inside the Arsenale by sea.
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