Increase in visitors at boot Düsseldorf

Despite the economic downturn, this year’s boot Düsseldorf closed on Sunday with a 0.9 per cent increase in visitor numbers. 

According to show organiser Messe Düsseldorf, more than 240,000 people from 60 countries attended the nine-day event, which ran from January 23-31. Around 1,568 exhibitors from 55 countries were also in attendance, displaying a wide range of new boats, equipment and accessories across 17 exhibition halls.
Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, chairman and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf said that all objectives have been achieved in the 2010 edition, providing a positive impulse to the water industry early in the year. The concept, which aimed activities involving water sports and experimentation by the visitors in the exhibition halls, has enjoyed a resounding success.

The demand for sailboats and sailing yachts was more buoyant this year, with competitive pricing, giving the sector a much needed boost. The most popular segment was boats of up to 12m (39ft) in length. Demand was also very strong for small motorboats, although demand for those in the medium-sized segment was on a similar level as last year. The large yacht sector remains sluggish.
Yacht charter companies and exhibitors active in the water tourism sector reported higher sales than last year, with many describing boot 2010 as the best fair for years.
Next year’s boot Düsseldorf is scheduled to run from January 22-30, 2011. 

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