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METS organizers report growth at prerecession levels

Organizers of the Marine Equipment Trade Show say the show is now nearly as large as it was before the 2007 financial crisis.

Organizers of the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which runs Nov. 17-19 at RAI Amsterdam, say the show is now nearly as large as it was before the 2007 financial crisis.

At least 1,385 exhibitors are expected in the halls of the RAI Amsterdam convention center, compared with last year’s total of 1,358. Organizers said the average stand size is almost back to the level it was before the recession.

The Superyacht Pavilion, one of three specialized areas at the trade show, is sold out and will have 221 exhibitors — 10 percent more than last year.

The Marina and Yard Pavilion has grown to 49 exhibitors. This means the current location is full and will require further expansion next year. There also will be no less than 18 country pavilions run by national associations within ICOMIA.

Organizers project that the show will draw more than 20,000 professionals. METS saw a 6.5 percent rise last year in international visitors, who represented 107 nationalities.

“In addition to being the world’s largest show in its category, METSTrade is the only truly international show of its kind,” RAI Amsterdam maritime domain manager Irene Dros said in a statement.

“This is an ideal chance for you to meet global distributors from as far afield as New Zealand, Singapore, the Middle East or Africa, as well as all over Europe. Ambitious and enterprising producers can find distributors and suppliers on all continents, running the gamut of the entire supply chain. And those looking for a unique and different new perspective on the market need look no further. We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in November.”

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