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Colombia show issues call for exhibitors

The inaugural show, scheduled for April 27-30 in the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias, will feature a diverse on-water exhibition of new and used boats.

Colombia Nautica — a group established by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Grupo Heroica and AsoNautica Colombia — is welcoming exhibitors and offering sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Colombia Nautica International Boat Show.

The inaugural show, scheduled for April 27-30 in the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias, will feature a diverse on-water exhibition of new and used boats, along with an indoor exhibition for companies to display products and services in the Centro de Convenciones.

“We’re excited to be able to offer a host of exhibit opportunities — on land, indoors and slips in water — to meet the needs of every company related to the recreational boating industry. We look forward to welcoming exhibitors from Colombia, as well as international leading providers of marine products and services,” Colombia Nautica director and show director Miguel Anghel Franco said in a statement.

“Plans are well underway to ensure that the Colombia Nautica International Boat Show will be a must-attend event for boating enthusiasts from throughout the country and a productive place of business for the industry,” Anghel said.

Planning for the show began in earnest after the successful Colombia Nautica International Congress last April, which organizers said demonstrated that Colombia was ready for a recreational boating event.

The country has 28 privately funded marina projects and several public projects underway as part of a national plan for nautical tourism.

Organizers said the new boat show will feature the largest selection of boats, boating accessories and products and services for the nautical sector in the region, along with boating education, nautical activities, a kids’ zone, live music and dining options.

The convention center also features newly installed docks.

“With the fantastic backdrop of the historic old city and the on-water setting, the show will be a destination for not only Colombians, but all of Latin America,” Franco said.

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