Palma Superyacht Show & Boat Show
The doors closed on this year’s Superyacht & boat show on May 4th after 5 excellent days of Mallorcan weather and reported business at the newly opened Moll Vell Marina, Palma.
This was a record breaking show in terms of the number of water and land based exhibitors, and even had a royal visitor in Queen Sofia!
It is hard to imagine that only two years ago the show had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. Since BYBA (Balearic Yacht Brokers Association) was formed, for the 2013 edition, the show is going from strength to strength. BYBA now has the full support of MYBA, (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association), and there is no doubt that their involvement has done much to cement the position of the show.
There were a stunning 55 yachts on show above 24 metres, 29 of which were sailing yachts, which is probably more than at any other public admission show in the world.
Official reports say that 32,000 people visited the show during the 5 days, which doesn’t tell all the story. Director of the show, Chema Sans said that this year’s visitors were much more serious about doing business, whereas last year many were there for a “day out”. Over 90% of the 158 exhibitors have expressed a wish to return for 2015, when the show is hoping to expand in terms of land and water based space.
Arne Ploch, president of joint organisers BYBA said after the show “ The show has gone better than we could have expected. Many exhibitors have said it was the best Boat Show they have attended in the past 10 years. Clients came from afar, including the USA, and one of the wealthiest people in the world also paid a visit. Unlike Monaco, which is without doubt elitist, Palma has retained a special charm and is open to anyone. Next year we hope to attract up to 70 Superyachts, with more of the harbour due to be dredged”
The facilities at Moll Vell Marina, which weren’t quite ready for this year’s show will be open soon, and will provide a fabulous location for the show in future years, just across the road from the iconic Cathedral and La Llonja.
In the “normal” section of the show, as against the Superyacht area, business was also reported as being very brisk indeed.
Nautiparts seemed to be heaving with customers every time we passed by, and were offering one of the “in” products of the show, the GoCycle Electric Bike (report in April issue of The Islander). Hundreds of people availed themselves of the opportunity to have a try at riding this amazing new bike, with many not afraid to pay the 2995 euros retail price. This is a product which I feel we will see much more of in the future.
Marina Estrella, who have attended every edition of the show since its inception in 1984 reported having a great show. They had a prime position at the end of Pier 2 and showed 12 boats, including examples from Hanse, Azimut, Cobalt, Minorchino, Atlantis, Moody and Varianta. Guy Norrish said that they expect to close several deals in the coming weeks.
Andy Leehman, of Yacht Center Palma, who has attended most of the Palma shows said it was the best show in 20 years , and was excited about the future prospects for his business.
Other quotes from leading businesses at the show included…………………………………
“The Palma Superyacht Show has already become an established large yacht event thanks to the combined efforts of Palma based brokers and the local authorities. The location is good, the yachts are good, the timing is good and even the weather was good. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Camper & Nicholsons Spain S.A.U.
Jens Oomes, Invisible Crew / Dahm International.
The Palma Super Yacht Show has definitely taken it’s place in the show circuit back, for all I know it has never been this good ever before. The display of yachts and exhibitors was of high quality and very international thus representing the industry as a whole. It had a nice flow for visitors so chances that they missed out on any of the exhibitors are slim. One broker told me they have seen a more serious crowd than the last Dusseldorf and HISWA Shows. Also the general feeling towards the economical situation is carefully positive. From my observations it looked like the small businesses sold quite a few of their products on the show.
For me personally it was a great networking event that has lead direct and will lead indirectly to more business.
We can’t be happy if we can’t complain; the drinks area’s leave room for improvement. They should be there to provide a space where business people can comfortably enjoy extensive conversations. Slow service, uncomfortable furniture and loud music don’t really help.
But the show in general deserves to be called “Super”
Steve Worrall of ETY Superyacht Electrical
A big thank you to all who visited our stands at last week’s Palma Superyacht show, it was a great success and has resulted in some very interesting project enquiries and a number of equipment orders. The standard of visitors was exactly what we like to see with not only senior crew members and project managers, but some yacht owners too spending time with us. Steve Worrall – spokesperson for ETY & Oc3an.com