A rush to Amsterdam’s in-water show
AMSTERDAM _ Already 110 exhibitors have signed up for the 2013 in-Water boat show in Amsterdam, almost 3 times the pre-2012 show registration level. The 2013 show, staged by the Dutch boating lobby HISWA, will be held Sept. 3-8 at the new 350-berth Amsterdam Marina.
The inaugural in-Water show there in 2012 lured 26,000 visitors. Exhibitors “rated last year’s show very highly. That in itself has attracted a number of new participants,” says Farouk Nefzi, director HISWA Multimedia BV. What also helps is that the show is held in a splendid location: across the IJ waterway from Amsterdam’s central railway station.
The 2013 early birds include Beneteau, Brandsma Jachten BV, Contest Yachts, Delta Lloyd, Gaastra International Sportswear, Hyde Sails Nederland, K&M Yachtbuilders, Linssen Yachts, North Sails NV, Oyster Marine, Seldén Mid Europe, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, Winner Yachts and YachtFocus/WorldYacht B.V.
The annual in-Water show used to be staged at IJmuiden on the North Sea.The new location also houses the HISWA Nautic Center Amsterdam.
HISWA was founded April 16, 1932 when Dutch boat builders and their suppliers met at Amsterdam’s Krasnapolsky Hotel _ a short walk from Amsterdam marina _ to jointly organize a boat show. Since then, it has acquired strong name-recognition as the voice of Dutch yachting-related sectors. Its members employ 27,000 and turned over 2.5 billion euros in 2011, 1.45 billion of it in exports.