The annual METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam closed on a high, reinforcing its reputation as the world’s leading show for the leisure marine industry.
As well as breaking new records for exhibitor and visitor numbers, the B2B event at the RAI Amsterdam convention centre welcomed 116 different nationalities, the highest number to date. With some 10,500 visitors coming from outside the Netherlands, 6% more than in 2016, the METSTRADE Show has an unrivalled international character.
Early indications are that visitor figures were the highest recorded for the three-day event, with 16,307 unique visitors and an overall total of 24,856 visits. These visitors came from 116 different countries.
An impressive 68% of all new visitors came from outside the Netherlands, with the top five visitor countries (after NL) being Italy, the UK, Germany, France and Spain. Significant growth was seen from Greece, Croatia, Finland, the US and Ireland.
All visitors were welcomed on the show floor by no less than 1,552 exhibitors. The exhibiting companies were also delighted by the unprecedented international flavour of the event, which celebrated its 30th year.
“This anniversary edition was a success because it was conducted in a vibrant atmosphere where exhibitors and visitors alike enjoyed excellent business,” comments RAI Amsterdam’s Maritime Director Irene Dros.
“There was also a great deal of appreciation for the exceptionally high number of new and innovative products on display. The newly introduced E-nnovationLAB added to this, featuring technologies and manufacturers of electric & hybrid marine propulsion systems. The foundations have been laid for a promising showcase which will evolve in the years ahead.”
Next year’s METSTRADE will take place from November 13-15, 2018.