Colombian show plans for growth in 2015

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The Cartagena International Boat Show 2015, which will return March 21-23, is expected to draw 5,000 visitors, 30 in-water yachts and 90 landside exhibitors to the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center overlooking Bahia de las Animas on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

In its third year, the show will exhibit luxury motor and sailing yachts, sportfishing boats, power and sailboats, jetboats, personal watercraft and electric boats and display electronics, engines and accessories and host boating education seminars, said Juan Pablo Hernandez, director of show producer EasyFairs Latin America.

“We turned this into a world-class event where buyers can see products firsthand, compare prices and purchase everything they need in one central location,” he said.

This year, the show grew 165 percent in the number of visitors and 126 percent in exhibitors and attracted 29 international brands, Hernandez said.

Major brands confirmed for 2015 include AB Inflatables, Azimut Yachts, Bavaria Motorboats, Bavaria Sailing, Beneteau, Bordeau 60, Cummins, Fairline, Ferretti Yachts, Fractional Yachts, Garmin, Hamilton, Hobie Cat, JL Audio Marine, Kawasaki, Khalela, Kites F-1, Lagoon, Lintemas Fenix, Lemcor Group, Logimar, Marine Jet, Motomarlin Boats, Nautica, Pershing, Prestige Series, Princess Yachts, RayMarine Jet, Ronautica Marinas, Salona, Scubapro, Sea Ray, Suzuki Marine, Viking Yachts, Wave Runner, Yamaha, boatbuilder Eduardoño and insurer Alliaz Colombia.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association again is sponsoring a USA Pavilion showcasing 20 specialty booths.

“By leading the efforts again on a USA Pavilion, the NMMA is ensuring our members are positioned to maximize their exposure at CIBS, as it’s the perfect venue for the industry to gather and establish contacts while strengthening business ties in this blossoming market,” NMMA export development director Julie Balzano said in a statement.

Colombia will host Nautical Destination Colombia, a pavilion promoting 10 nautical tourism destinations in the country.

Show hours are March 21 and March 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and March 23, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 25,000 Colombian pesos (about $13) for a day and 50,000 pesos (about $26) for three days.

Information is available at www.cbshow.co. Hotel and travel arrangements are available at www.BoatShowhotels.com.

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