boot Düsseldorf has set new records with 247,000 visitors and 1,923 exhibitors across 16 exhibition halls.
Figures for the Beach World were up by 10% where visitors were able to try out a variety of activities alongside professional athletes representing different water sports.
“These figures are unique in the industry,” said Messe Düsseldorf CEO Werner Dornscheidt. “No other water sports trade fair reflects the entire world market in all its diversity as completely as boot.”
Large sailing yachts over 60ft long and sailing catamarans were of particular interest with manufacturers exhibiting more of these than before.
And Petros Michelidakis, boot director, explained that there was a generation shift with visitors younger than previously.
The luxury yacht hall was also more popular than previous years – with both suppliers and visitors. The hall was a sell-out and Mr Michelidakis explained that the buyers of luxury yachts are becoming younger and younger, with more wealthy young people who want to invest in expensive boats and experience the freedom they give to enjoy their time out on the water.
Houseboats and maritime destinations were another popular area at the trade fair with a special forum concentrating on travelling, chartering, houseboat holidays and cruises.
Next year, boot Düsseldorf will celebrate its 50th birthday from January 19 to 27 January 2019.