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May 2018

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


Exhibitor applications for boot 2019, The World’s Largest Boat and Watersports Show, are now available online at The deadline to register for exhibit space is June 30, 2018. The event will be held from January 19 - 27, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Exhibit space will fill quickly and boot Director Petros Michelidakis urges companies to act fast: “Everyone who is keen to secure a specific location and stand size should contact us soon”.

With its motto “Experience 360° watersports”, boot Düsseldorf reflects the entire market in January every year. “All the prominent industry players have already indicated that they will be exhibiting again and we are looking forward to a tremendous 50th anniversary party,” said Petros Michelidakis. The largest water sports trade fair in the world has been based in Düsseldorf since 1969 and experienced a brilliant development since then at its location next to the longest river in Germany – the Rhine. At the anniversary event, Messe Düsseldorf is expecting not only 16 fully booked exhibition halls and 19 special presentations about every aspect of water sports but also visits by a wide range of leading athletes and ocean activists. boot is not just an international business platform but also co-operates with the German Ocean Foundation and the Prince Albert II Foundation from Monaco to promote active ocean and water protection. The ocean tribute Award will be presented for outstanding environmental projects for the second time next year.

“boot 2019 will take place in a strong economic environment, which has a very positive impact on order intake at the shipyards. Commissions to build new boats and refit existing ones are guaranteeing manufacturers good capacity utilization levels and I am expecting very interesting boot premieres at our event in Düsseldorf. boot is also the platform and meeting point for all exhibitors in the industry and we are looking forward to welcoming them in our halls,” explained Petros Michelidakis regarding the situation in the international boat building industry.

boot 2019 online:
boot enthusiasts who want to be kept informed at all times about the latest developments at boot and relevant news can check the trade fair’s Facebook account ( The YouTube Channel “bootDaily” shows the most impressive moments at the last boot event. The water sports community can keep up to date live at, where over 110,000 people are already sharing their enjoyment of sports in on and by the water. All members receive exclusive special offers or can participate in attractive competitions via the newsletter. During the trade fair, the club community can buy admission tickets at reduced rates in the online shop and enjoy free access to the lounge (with Internet). For more details: In addition, is a top site for information about the water sports sector and the trade fair.

boot figures:
At the last staging in 2018, 1,923 exhibitors from 68 different countries occupied 2.3 million square feet in 16 halls. 247,000 visitors came to Düsseldorf from 102 countries. More than 2,000 journalists reported live from the show. 110,000 people experienced “THE WAVE” and 1,500 of them surfed the 5 feet high and 25.9 feet wide standing wave.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at boot 2019, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit; Follow us on twitter at

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Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .