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Congress 2013 comes to London
For 2013 IFBSO Congress comes to London. Hosted by the British Marine Federation, which celebrates its centenary this year, it will be taking place in the historic Thameside borough of Greenwich, home to the the record-breaking 19th century tea clipper the Cutty Sark (below), the National Maritime Museum (right) and the Greenwich Observatory.
Congress runs from June 11-14. For IFBSO members, registration is on Tuesday June 11 and the session programme starts on Wednesday June 12 – note, a day earlier in the week than usual. As a result the gala dinner which concludes the programme will also be early, taking place on Friday June 14 in the Houses of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster.
Members who haven't already received the invitation and booking form can download one from this site.
IFBSO Congress goes to Africa
IFBSO held its 51st Congress in conjunction with ICOMIA in Cape Town, South Africa at the end of April.
Congress presents a unique opportunity for managers of the world’s leading boat shows to come together and discuss issues that affect them all: improving the product, increasing revenue, reducing costs, supporting the marine industry and ultimately ensuring the long-term viability of the event. Although the credit crunch is now three years in the past, its devastating effect on the boating market has never gone away and the industry is still suffering the fallout. In the world’s largest boating market, the US, turnover has halved and hundreds of companies have closed their doors. For boat shows, this means fewer exhibitors, fewer visitors, and an increasing sense that business will never return to pre-crunch levels.
With this in mind, IFBSO and ICOMIA this year doubled the number of joint sessions where the two organisations come together. This provided the opportunity for a number of valuable cross-industry panel discussions on the subject of broadening the demographic variety of the boating market, boosting falling boat show attendances and helping exhibitors to maximise their return on investment.
IFBSO is currently developing a new free resource for exhibitors focusing on, but not limited to, exhibitor training. Although there are many aspects of a show presence that can affect an exhibitor's results, it is generally felt that well-trained and motivated stand staff are the key - their performance is the low-hanging fruit where small changes can produce the greatest improvements.
Following the retirement of New Zealand’s Peter Busfield from the Executive Committee, Sue Thomson of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show was elected to replace him, ensuring continued representation of IFBSO’s Southern Hemisphere member shows on the Committee.
The AGM, held on the last day of Congress, admitted a new IFBSO member in the shape of the China Xiamen International Boat Show. Just a few miles from north Taiwan, Xiamen is the site of a major new development combining marina, boating and boatbuilding facilities and exhibition centre poised to take advantage of the thawing of relations and opening up of tourist traffic between the two areas.
The Federation also welcomed back an old face, as the Grand Pavois of La Rochelle, France, rejoined after a gap of three years. Christophe Vieux. manager of the show, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, is "very happy to be back with Grand Pavois as a member of IFBSO".
Congress 2012 to be held in Cape Town
Invitations for Congress 2012, taking place in Cape Town from 18-21 April, have now been sent out to members. Members who haven't received a copy can download it here.
METS offers a ray of hope
The last IFBSO member show of 2011 finally brought a weak ray of sun to a very gloomy autumn. METS ended its three-day run on November 17 reporting an upturn in visitors from 18,861 last year to 19,232 this, and exhibitor numbers up from 1,320 to 1,331.
There was also an encouraging number of new products launched at the show – over 270, according to IBI's review of the exhibition. Heading the list of the DAME award winners was a revolving portlight from Italian manufacturers SCM (above right) – a clever reworking of a traditional product to meet modern requirements and an encouraging sign of the industry looking toward better times ahead.
The IFBSO 2012 calendar starts on January 6 with the opening of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.
IFBSO partners with IBI
IFBSO has entered into a strategic partnership with International Boat Industry, the trade magazine for the recreational marine industry worldwide. Under the agreement, IBI is to act as our media partner and brand ambassador, supporting IFBSO's ongoing mission to help our members develop and run first-class boat shows and marine trade exhibitions around the globe.
IFBSO gains two new members
The International Federation of Boat Show Organisers (IFBSO) ended a successful 2011 Congress on a high note, with the admission of two new members to the exclusive association.
At the AGM, held on the final day of Congress on June 11 in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, members voted to admit two new boat shows into their midst, the Korea International Boat Show and Eurasia Boat Show from Turkey.
The Korean show is held in Hwaseong City, on the west coast of South Korea about 50km from Seoul, and by coincidence its fourth edition was taking place at the same time as IFBSO members were considering its membership application in Europe. Uniquely for an IFBSO show, it is owned and organised by the local authority, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government. Surrounding the capital, Gyeonggi is the most populous of South Korea's provinces.
Turkey's Eurasia Boat Show was first held in February 2007, making 2011 its fifth edition. Taking place in Istanbul, it is owned by the exhibition centre CNR Expo and supported by DENTUR, the Turkish marine industry association. IFBSO now has two members with shows in Istanbul, the other being the International Istanbul Shop & Miles Boat Show that takes place in the Marinturk Istanbul City Port each October.
Membership of IFBSO is granted only to established boat and marine trade shows that meet stringent criteria laid out in the IFBSO Code of Excellence.
Members also elected a new President at the AGM. Jurij Korenc of Internautica Boat Show, Slovenia, who took over as Acting President in January after former President Andy Williams stood down, will serve a two-year term as full President.
The three-day Congress in Rotterdam was the 49th to be held in conjunction with ICOMIA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations.
Miami attendance jumps 14 per cent
Attendance at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, which closed on February 20, was up 14 per cent according to the organisers. The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported 104,168 attendees this year, versus 91,415 in 2010.
Strictly Sail Miami, another NMMA production held alongside the main show, was down 8 per cent compared with 2009, the last time it was held as a stand-alone show. A total of 18,122 people attended Strictly Sail, versus 19,723 two years ago.
The atmosphere throughout the five-day event was positive, and exhibitors from both shows reported strong buying crowds and increased sales.
Details of the ICOMIA-IFBSO Congress due to take place in Rotterdam from June 8-11 2011 have now been posted on this site. The Congress is being hosted by Amsterdam RAI and the Dutch marine industry association HISWA, and is open to all members of IFBSO and ICOMIA.
Boot tops quarter of a million
Attendance at Boot Düsseldorf climbed back above the quarter-of-a-million mark in January when the 2011 event closed on a gate of 250,500 visitors, 10,300 up on the previous year.
The "360° watersports live" programme introduced at boot 2010 was repeated and developed further this year, giving thousands of youngsters a chance to try out watersports on site. High-calibre, interested visitors were also back in force, giving the industry good reason to view the coming watersports season with optimism.
"Our expectations have been far exceeded. The economic upturn discernible in the run-up to the show has truly gathered pace", said Messe Dusseldorf CEO Werner Matthias Dornscheidt.
Jurij Korenc becomes President of IFBSO
Jurij Korenc of Internautica International Boat Show of Portoroz, Slovenia, took over as Acting President of the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers on January 20.
Andrew Williams, President of IFBSO since June 2008, has stepped down from the Presidency following a move away from boat shows. He leaves the UK's National Boat Shows, where he has been Managing Director since 2007, to take up a new post as Marketing Director of Princess Yachts International.
Jurij Korenc is the founder of Internautica, now in its 16th year and based in Portoroz Marina, the epicentre of yachting on Slovenia's short Adriatic coastline. He has been a member of the IFBSO Executive Committee since 2006 and Vice President since 2009.