METS reports attendance boost

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A record number of 21,086 visitors were welcomed by 1,358 exhibitors at the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which wrapped up at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center on Thursday.

Post-METS surveys show that visitors and exhibitors alike were pleased with the results of the three-day event, organizers said, adding that METS attracted 6.5 percent more international visitors and 3 percent more decision-makers.

The exhibition floor had three dedicated pavilions — superyachts, marinas and construction materials.

The RAI’s new Innovation LAB platform, unveiled for the first time at METS, was well received and presentations on the Innovation Stage were well attended, organizers said.

METS 2015 already has 62 percent of its floor space booked.

“As impressive as these figures are, the real tribute to the success of METS 2014 was the bustling atmosphere throughout the RAI complex,” Amsterdam RAI maritime domain manager Irene Dros said in a statement.

“From the excellent Breakfast Briefing on the opening morning of the show to the final deal struck on the exhibition floor, from the high degree of knowledge exchange at the complementary conferences to the networking fun at the various social gatherings, METS was a great place to be,” Dros said.

Visitor attendance Exhibitors

METS 2014 21,086 1,358

METS 2013 20,500 1,320

METS 2015 will be held Nov. 17-19.