Until Wednesday, 25 January, more than 115,000 persons, professionals and the public, visited the world’s biggest water sports trade fair.
BOOT 2023 – “THE” Water sports trade and tourism fair which returned after the pandemic registered more than 115.000 visitors, by the middle of the week (Wednesday 25th January) and expects to break records by its closing. Very impressive is the display of yachts of new technological design and using renewable energy sources, new sports equipment for the enjoyment of water sports enthusiasts, and, of course, trade and tourism professionals meetings and presentations.
Boot Director Petros Michelidakis states “We are particularly delighted with the large range of international guests. So far, water sports enthusiasts and experts from 93 nations have found their way to Düsseldorf. There’s a wonderful atmosphere in the halls”.
Until Wednesday, 25 January, more than 115,000 persons, professionals and the public, visited the world’s biggest water sports trade fair. Very impressive are the displays of yachts, smaller crafts and equipment from more than 1,500 manufacturers of boats, boards, diving accessories. Additionally, many travel destinations and associations are “on board” in Düsseldorf.
For each of the nine days of the exhibition, the goals and developments from the international water sports community and European politics, are discussed with top-class speakers, at the BLUE INNOVATION DOCK event, which is organized with content partner the European Boating Industry – EBI Group, and with French shipyard Group Beneteau as Performance Partner, Italian luxury yacht manufacturer San Lorenzo as Project Partner and other supporters among which Azimut, Bavaria, Brunswick, DMarin, ePropulsion, Fabiani Yachts, Greenline, Princess, Sunreef and Torqeedo.
However, boot is not only the most relevant industry meeting of the year, but also brings together the entire water sports community. An impressive list of side events and accompanying events, cover a great variety of subjects, relating to technological advances, the environmental implications and efforts to address sustainability issues. These are as a big family get-together and indispensable exchange for personal conversations and live encounters.
In accordance with the traditions of previous years, the glamorous blue motion night took place on the evening of Monday 23rd, when Hall 6 was host to the “ocean tribute” Award won by Innovation Yachts. The Innovation Yachts shipyard has engineered and manufactured the world’s first completely recyclable and sustainable catamaran from composite materials for series production. The IY LBV35 is the first model in a new series of sustainable and completely recyclable boats and is electrically propelled by solar energy and a hydrogenator. As a special feature this multi hull is equipped with a “sea-cleaning system” meaning it can lower its trampoline while sailing to collect marine litter.
With this Award the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, boot Düsseldorf and the German Ocean Foundation support people, institutions, associations, research institutes and projects in their commitment to marine protection. The Award comes with prize money worth 20,000 euros and has been presented every year at boot Düsseldorf since 2018.
Right through to Sunday, water sports enthusiasts had the chance to experience eventful days in the halls of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre, the largest such facility in Europe.