The 51st Genoa Boat Show in Italy!

Genoa, Italy. Image Credit: International Genoa Boat Show.

Are you up for a sail with your boat to one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Here’s a delightful excuse to go to Genoa, Italy from October 1 to 9, 2011: the 51st Genoa Boat Show!

One of the highlights of the show is the 100,000 square meter water basin that is enough to accommodate the best the biggest boat manufacturers in Italy have to offer. There are four exhibition areas and facilities—Pavilions C, S, Blue Pavilion, new Marina, Maruna Uno, Tensile Structure, and several other outdoor areas. So far 1300 exhibitors will be participating on the show. As for the number of models that you can feast your eyes on, there are around 2,000 models that will be on display. Because 450 of these are new models, be prepared to revel in the latest technology and innovations of boat manufacturers.

This year’s Genoa Boat Show will also feature the GenovaInBlu—a series of events and activities that will introduce first time boaters and boat lovers alike to different aspects of boating.

What makes this year even more special than the last is the Genoa International Boating Forum, where an international round table conference will be held among the key players in the industry. The conference will be headed by Fiera di Genova and UCINA.

When the Genoa Boat Show was launched in 1962, it only accommodated a small segment of the boating population. In fact, there were only around 30,000 attendees. This quickly changed by 1966, when the Show was organized in part by UCINA and the Association of Boat Industries and Shipyards. To date, the Genoa Boat Show has seen 50 successful editions, with each year bigger and better than the last.

The boat show will be open from Saturday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at 15 Euros, while concessions need to pay only 12 Euros. Bring your children below 6 years old; their entrance is free! You can also bring your dog, if muzzled and on a leash.  In fact, the boat show’s site has dedicated an entire section just to help you plan your stay in Genoa. If you plan to sail your way to Genoa, don’t forget to make sure your boat is in mint condition, accessories and propellers included!

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