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December 2015

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With the motto “360° water sports”, boot Düsseldorf - 47th International Boat Show, will highlight all activities in, on or by the water in a worldwide unique format. 1,700 exhibitors and 20 themed worlds in 17 halls will offer water sports fans a wide range of products from January 23 – 31, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany

Most popular international water sports event
“boot Düsseldorf is an international trade fair which the entire industry and its fans look forward to in January every year”, explained Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel, Director of boot Düsseldorf. “We know that the exhibiting companies focus their trade fair budgets especially on boot Düsseldorf and always make sure they present their products as grand as possible here. At our event, visitors can inspect, examine and experience the new boat, diving equipment or wakeboard he or she is interested in. This helps to make the trade fair an outstanding success for the exhibitors, too, because many visitors make their buying decisions directly at boot Düsseldorf. We will welcome more than 1,700 exhibitors from 60 different countries in Düsseldorf and will once again have the market leaders in all sectors on board. The companies are very motivated, in some cases book larger space and will adopt a very user-oriented approach.”

More than 1,700 boats and yachts
boot Düsseldorf has the largest boat presentation in the world, with more than 1,700 boats and yachts on display. Nine of the 17 halls are devoted to this category alone and will have the entire range of water vehicles on show, from sailing yachts to motor boats and from canoes to rowing boats. “The boatbuilding industry is exceptionally well represented, with a uniquely varied selection of 440 shipyard exhibitors. In addition to the latest high-tech developments with increasingly light and environmentally sophisticated materials, exclusive and high-quality classic boats play a significant role in our exhibition concept,” commented Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel. The market leaders in the sailing and motor yacht field are particularly well-represented at boot Düsseldorf 2016, with their entire product range in all sizes and classes.

Exhibitors from all over the world are coming to Düsseldorf
47% of the exhibitors (800 exhibitors) are coming from countries outside Germany, accounting for almost 50% of the exhibit space. The largest foreign exhibitor participation will again be from the major water sports nations such as the Netherlands, Italy, France and Great Britain. All of the Eastern Caribbean states (Windward Islands) will participate for the first time, with such attractive destinations as Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel stated: “It is slowly becoming rather difficult to find new countries, since boot Düsseldorf is completely global.” Very popular with visitors are the national and joint stands. In 2016, Egypt, the Azores, Belgium (Flanders), Curacao, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Croatia, Turkey, Fuerteventura, the Philippines, Indonesia, Portugal, Sardinia and the Canary Islands are taking part in boot with country group exhibits.

From 2.5 horsepower outboard motors to 5,000 horsepower luxury yachts
boot Düsseldorf will feature all classes and sizes in the motor and motorboat segment – from the smallest 2.5 horsepower motors to the luxury segment represented by such yachts as the Princess. In addition, 250 shipyards, distributors and importers will present pleasure boats, day cruisers and cabin cruisers in all price categories in six halls. The leading international series manufacturers of motor yachts will be exhibiting in Hall 4, including the motorboat producers Bavaria from Germany, Bénéteau and Jeanneau from France, Cranchi from Italy and Nimbus from Sweden. Bénéteau and Jeanneau will also showcase their boats with outboard motors in Hall 9. Also in hall 9 will be the U.S. Brunswick Group exhibiting its Sea Ray, Bayliner and Quicksilver lines.

Very popular: luxury yacht hall 6
Hall 6 at boot 2016 was booked very quickly. “It was incredible how fast the manufacturers responded here and often made firm reservations with us for boot 2016 many months in advance. This shows that in Düsseldorf we have exactly the right audience for a luxury yacht hall. And the exhibitors appreciate this group of visitors very much, thanks to their purchasing power and openness to new developments,” reported Hall 6 coordinator Arne von Heimendahl. About 60 luxury yachts, boats and tenders will be on show there. Compared with last year, there will be an even wider range of yachts between 65 and 82 feet long. New in Hall 6 will be Bénéteau (with its high-quality Monte Carlo yachts) and Jeanneau (with the elegant Prestige yachts). The luxury yachts Sunseeker and Princess of Azimut will also be a highlight. The “blue motion lounge” in Hall 6 will offer exclusive boutiques and fine dining options

The Superyacht Show in Hall 7a will house the even larger luxury liners by 70companies who also offer individual yacht building projects.

20 themed and adventure worlds for action and fun
boot Düsseldorf is renowned for its popular themed and adventure worlds and Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel remarked: “It is not enough for a water sports trade fair to just present products; visitors need to be invited to join in and express their opinions. This is what makes a trade fair a genuine mega-event. For nine days, 17 exhibition halls will be turned into a magical, water-based world.”

From diving to trend sports
Kitesurfing, wakeboarding, skimboarding, wakeskating or stand-up paddling – every current water sport trend will be covered by Beach World in Hall 1. For recreational diving fans, Hall 3 will be the place to get information about popular and exotic recreational diving destinations. Egypt will be there again with a joint 2,650 square feet stand and the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey and Greece will promote their diverse diving resorts. For diving beginners, trying out equipment in the glass diving tower and the varied infotainment program about equipment, destinations and the stars of the recreational diving community will be a must. Suppliers such as Aqua Lung, mares, Oceanic and BtS Europe as well as major diving instruction providers including PADI, SSI, the International Aquanautic Club (IAC) and the Association of German Recreational Divers (VDST) will round off the program in Hall 3, which houses a total of 350 exhibitors from all over the world.

Wanted: action-packed water sports video clips – Splash Drone stars in the Water Pixel World
Action-packed and exciting or romantic and beautiful: this is what the video clips should be which water sports enthusiasts can enter for the new boot Düsseldorf video award. They can submit vidoes that show them in action in or on the water.
The award will be presented in the categories sailing, motorboating (including jet skiing and inflatable boating), yachting, diving, fishing, paddling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddling as well as family vacations by, on or under water. The prizes: a Splash Drone supplied by Multikopter. This quadcopter is completely water-tight and can start directly out of the water. These super drones will be on show in the Water Pixel World in Hall 4.

Powerful motors for fast boats
For fans of competitive ocean racing, the latest powerboats will be on show in the Powerboat World in Hall 4.

Focus on water in the Galeria
The Galeria in Hall 7 will features water sports and maritime art by artists, studios and universities.

Information for beginners at the Motorboat Center
At the Motorboat Center in Hall 10, visitors can get information about boating without a license with motors up to 15 horsepower. Accessory equipment and boat technology will also be explained.

Refit Center: tips about how to maintain a boat’s value
The Refit Center in Hall 11 will be a source for boat owners learning how to maintain and increase the value of their boats.

Information for passionate fishermen and interested newcomers
Rods and reels will be in the spotlight at the Recreational Fishing Center in Hall 12. This is where passionate fishermen and newcomers can test new equipment and get valuable tips from experts.

From canoes to the classroom: maritime variety in Hall 13
In the World of Paddling in Hall 13, attendees can try out canoes and kayaks on the impressive canoe test run. Hall 13 is also the place to go for advice on planning a sailing trip in the Holiday World. The maritime classroom has particular appeal for schools since students can experience oceans as a fascinating habitat.

Introduction to sailing at the boot sailing school
The motto of the boot sailing school in Hall 14 will be “Learn how to sail at boot”, giving sailing enthusiasts and newcomers the possibility to sail Optimists and dinghies. North Rhine-Westphalian sailing and recreational boat schools will be on hand to give more experienced sailors theoretical and practical advice.

Cruise Pavilion presents fantastic cruises
The maritime travel market within the Cruise Pavilion in Hall 14 will highlight a wide range of cruise options. The Cruise Pavilion centers around the presentation by the German tourism market leader TUI Germany and its twelve cruise ships. Together with cooperating shipping lines, TUI Germany will show the broad range of travelling options on more than 3,200 square feet of exhibit space. The providers include TUI Cruises, Hapag Lloyd, Star Clippers and Silversea Cruises. The postal shipping line Hurtigruten will also present their cruise offers.

Antique boats
The Classic Forum, also located in Hall 14, will be the venue for a range of antique classic and traditional boats. The exhibition of maritime craftsmanship will demonstrate the importance of manually produced parts.

Recreational sailing on multihulls
The emphasis in the Multihull Forum will be on recreational and competitive sailing, providing information about catamaran and trimaran sailing.

From the funny to the spectacular – fascinating stories about sailing at the Sailing Center
The Sailing Center in Hall 15 will be all about fascinating personal experiences of seasoned yachtsmen and the stars of competitive sailing. First-hand information will be shared about regattas and boats in all classes.

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