The Genoa International Boat Show has been going strong since 1962. The first show occupied only 30,000 square meters and catered to a small, select audience. These days, it’s one of the largest shows around and covers 100,000 square meters of water basin surface, and more than 200,000 square meters of on-land exhibition space. This is all situated at Fiera di Genova, a trade fair & exhibition centre just next to the entrance of Genoa’s main harbour.
This year marks the 50th outing of the event and promises to be spectacular! It runs from the 2nd to 10th October and visitors are promised nearly 1500 exhibitors and 2,300 boats, as well as over 500 new products on display. In fact, so impressive is the line up, that the organisers have described the event as the “international reference point for the recreational boating industry as a whole”.
The size of the show indicates its international appeal; in fact, over 36% of the exhibitors are anticipated to have come from abroad.
An important part of the show is Tech Trade, the area dedicated to components and accessories for pleasure boating. Over 600 brands will be there, showcasing a full range of inboard-outboard and outboard engines, and naval mechanical components. Obviously, this will be another great place to pick up your propellers. For a couple of days halfway through the show, the Tech Trade space will be specifically devoted to b2b meetings between marine industry operators.
Although the Genoa Boat Show’s website still has some information missing, there’s a lot to read about the exhibitors and the background of the show. You can also buy tickets (15 Euros, concessions 12 Euros) and find useful maps, details on getting there, and where to stay.
As you’d expect from an industry-leading event such as this, the show will play host to several meetings and conferences about the boating industry, for example, “From the present to the future, the boating industry looks ahead”. So, this event promises to fortify and expand the practice of boating, by theorizing about the boating industry as such.
In addition to this show, the Fiera di Genova venue hosts ‘Slow Fish’, a trade fair dedicated to sustainable fishing, and EuroFlora, the international flower and ornamental plant exhibition.