Our first Nautifest event took place at The Boathouse Restaurant in Palma from 20th–23rd April, with the main event being the Crew & Superyacht Services Show on Friday 21st April.
The show attracted a total of 46 exhibitors, covering most aspects of the crew and Superyacht services industry, and included stands from the UK, France, Holland, as well as lots of locally based businesses. Acrew also successfully held 4 Professional Development Workshops for yacht crew as part of our show.
Most businesses we spoke to were very positive overall with a couple of exceptions, who hoped for more crew to visit the show. Attracting crew, especially senior crew, is a perennial problem for most businesses and to be honest it’s difficult to know what else can be done to attract them.
All the exhibitors enjoyed all their food and drink during the event, which was include in the stand fees to keep exhibitor’s expenses down to a minimum and were entertained by trampolining by Palma Jump, DJ Diablo V and the fabulous Raggle Taggle Gypsies band. We had a crowd of over 400 on the Friday night, creating a great party atmosphere.
We are indebted to our sponsors, e3 Systems, Orbis yacht and Earth and Sea Lifestyle Management for their valuable contributions to the event .
We would also like to thank all our raffle sponsors, which managed to raise €1,313 for Asociacion Ondine and Allen Graham Charity for Kids.