2015 METS sees record attendance
AMSTERDAM ~ Organizers of the METS trade show say the global marine leisure sector’s interest in the event is rising again after half a dozen ho-hum economic years. They predict the 2015 event (Nov. 17-19) may see record attendance. Already more than 1,200 exhibitors have signed up, including more than 200 for the Superyacht Pavilion alone.
“It is good to see the average stand size is back to the level of the pre-2007 crisis years,” says Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at the RAI complex. “And it is also great to see that between 150 and 200 new exhibitors have already registered. Newcomers give an impetus to a sector that is always innovating and developing new designs.”
In the last 2 years, the Marine Equipment Trade Show mounted an InnovationLAB platform to showcase innovative products, materials and services, host seminars, workshops, debates and presentations and display products nominated for DAME (Design Award METS) prizes. The DAME award marks its 25th anniversary this year. New this year:
- A day-long conference on ‘The Future of Yacht Recycling” on the eve of the show.’ At issue: what to do with end-of-life yachts that find no buyers. ICOMIA estimates there are more than 6 million of such yachts in Europe alone. There is talk of a dumping tax or a special recycling levy on new yachts. The European Boating Industry is working out details to be included in a future EU recycling directive.
- The Boat Builders Business Achievement Awards, an undertaking of METS and IBI that recognizes accomplishments within the boat building industry. The emphasis is on business achievement with awards in half a dozen categories. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on the Wednesday of 2015 METS.