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July 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


boot, The World’s Largest Boat and Watersports Show, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. After the exhibitor registration deadline on June 30, demand for exhibit space is greater than in the 49 previous years and the Messe Düsseldorf team is working on meeting the space requests. The trade fair will be held from January 19 - 27, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Even though boot is 50 years old, it remains as young as ever. With tend sports like surfing on the 5 foot high and 29.5 feet wide wave or diving in the new Dive Center, the water sports trade show keeps up with the times. boot Director Petros Michelidakis, commented: “We work year round to make sure that boot is increasingly successful and is even more attractive and even better each year. The exhibitors at boot develop trends, present impressive innovations and interesting premieres and new high-tech products. I am therefore expecting boot to have a very strong economic impact in the coming year as well.”

Trend themes will include “fractional ownership” which was introduced at boot 2018 and will be expanded in 2019. The sailing segment at boot 2019 will include a new feature: the organizers of the Clipper Race will present their exciting regatta, which keeps adventurous sailors busy on the world’s oceans for 11 months. It is open to both professional and amateur sailors. (

Online visitor registration opens in September 2018 at For those interested in staying informed about boot throughout the year when it is not taking place, becoming a member of the has numerous perks. About 100,000 boot enthusiast have already joined this club to received information about the trade fair and special activities for members on a regular basis. In addition to reduced tickets, members can use the special lounge with free Wifi and take part in a prize draw. Throughout the year, exciting activities are arranged for club members and there are discounts for screenings during the Ocean Film Tour, houseboat chartering and diving outfits.

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 25.5 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 and; 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. .