The 56th edition of the Barcelona International Boat Show is strengthening its professional side and for the first time will be organising a series of Professional Meetings in the form of one-to-one interviews between trade visitors and exhibitors. The meetings will last for 30 minutes, will be free of charge, and will be arranged through an app on the show’s website which is being launched today. Organised by Fira de Barcelona, the Boat Show will bring together the biggest offering from the sports and recreational sailing sector on 11-15 October, featuring the biggest national and international brands.
The next edition of the Boat Show will be putting a bigger emphasis than ever on business opportunities, encouraging networking and one-to-one meetings between the professionals taking part. Thus exhibitors and visitors will have an area in which to liaise and offer their products and services with the aim of opening up new markets, sourcing new suppliers, finding partners and learning about new projects.
From now on and through to 6 October, visitors and exhibitors who wish to take part in the Barcelona Boat Show’s first Professional Meetings sessions can register on the show’s website. They should provide their professional profile, a description of the kind of collaboration they are looking for, and what ideas they would like to discuss at the meeting. Once completed, the profiles will be posted openly on the website so other participants can check out the profiles that most closely match what they are looking for.
From 15 September and until 6 October, the process of proposing and receiving meeting requests will be activated, the status of which can be checked at any time on the website. However, a few days before the start of the show, visitors and exhibitors will be sent a personalised agenda detailing their confirmed meetings and timings, along with the venue and information on the person with whom they will be meeting.
The Professional Meetings between trade visitors will be held in the Networking Area of ANEN (the Spanish Association of Nautical Companies) on 11, 12 and 13 October from 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. Meanwhile, meetings between trade visitors and exhibitors will take place every day of the Boat Show (11 to 15 October). These will be held on the exhibitor’s stand at the same times as the meetings between visitors.
According to the director of the Boat Show, Jordi Freixas, the aim of this initiative is to ‘continue promoting the show’s leading role as a catalyst for fostering new contacts and business between exhibitors and visitors.’ Freixas noted that the figures for the last edition showed that ‘more than 50% of the sector’s annual sales in Spain were instigated at the Barcelona Boat Show.’
Innovation, enterprise and business
Following on from the success of the first edition, the Seminars for Entrepreneurs and Start-ups will be held once again this year and extended to every day of the show, as well as including more participants. This initiative, which is being rolled out in collaboration with ANEN, will reveal the innovative projects designed for the nautical world as well as including networking sessions, an exhibition area and an investment forum. The Espai de Mar will once again provide the platform for sector debate and to present various events associated with the nautical world, such as conferences on the marine environment and sailing, presentations of regattas and prize-giving ceremonies, amongst other initiatives.