METS plans upgrade of marina equipment showcase

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The Marina Equipment Pavilion, one of the three product-based pavilions at the Marine Equipment Trade Show, is being relaunched and relocated for METS 2012 to enhance its identity and provide space for future growth.

METS takes place Nov. 13-15 in Amsterdam.

“We have been analyzing ways of increasing the profile of marina equipment suppliers at METS and for enhancing educational and social networking opportunities for marina-specific exhibitors and visitors for several years since first introducing a Marina Showcase at METS in 2001,” METS senior product manager Irene Dros said in a statement.

“The formula we are now putting together will greatly sharpen our focus on this all-important sector and is spurred on by Amsterdam RAI’s recently confirmed partnership with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations to co-organize its World Marina Conference series of events,” she added.

The Marina Equipment Pavilion 2012 will move to a more central location in the Europe Foyer and have its own adjacent seminar theater, the Marina Stage, with a bar and free catering for pavilion exhibitors and their guests.

“The Europe Foyer was the original location for the SuperYacht Pavilion in 2006, and the SYP has grown into a real show within a show, with over 175 exhibitors in a unique hall,” Dros said. “We have high hopes for the MEP.”

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