In 2015, a sell-out HISWA in-Water Show
AMSTERDAM ~ The 32nd Amsterdam HISWA in-Water Show opened in an upbeat mood Sept. 1. The 6-day show in the watery heart of Amsterdam was a sell-out event showing 300 new boats from Dutch and international yards.
“We are getting positive signal” from the sector, according to Geert Dijks, the new HISWA chief. Sales of used boats in the Netherlands _ especially larger yachts _ are up. Also, sailing schools recorded a 5 to 10% increase in registrations in the last 2 years _ usually an indicator of good times ahead. Boat rentals, too, have risen in the past year. At the 2015 in-Water Show all quay-side and show tent spaces were booked.
In 2014, the Amsterdam HISWA in-Water show reeled in 25,500 visitors, 213 exhibitors and 267 sail and motor yachts.