Big crowds: boot exceeds the industry's expectations. In the foreground the Moody 45 DS
Good sales, great interest, good prospects: many exhibitors are satisfied, there is even talk of a trend reversal.
After the economic crisis hit the water sports industry right in the middle of the trade fair season at Hamburg Hanseboot, there was great nervousness at the start of boot Düsseldorf. With the application for bankruptcy by Dehler and Etap, two well-known shipyards were missing, and some space in the halls was unused. On the first weekend, boot recorded a decline in visitors of around ten percent, a trend that should prevail by the middle of the world's largest water sports show. Nevertheless: outfitters, charter companies and shipyards speak of proper deals, high "visitor quality" and increased specific interest. In terms of expectations, the exhibition is proceeding positively. Germany's second largest shipyard, Hanseyachts AG, reports, for example, 50 percent more sales on the first weekend of the fair compared to the previous year. The mostly positive news is already causing industry observers to speak of a trend reversal. Boot Düsseldorf runs until Sunday, January 25th. You can find the YACHT trade fair programhere: