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METS reports strong early bookings for 2016 show

Six months before the Nov. 15-17 METS Trade, the expanded marine expo in Amsterdam said it has seen 97 percent of its exhibition floor booked and sales are on track for the additional hall.

There also has been a rise in the number of companies opting to have a stand in the pavilions at METS Trade 2016, compared with the 2015 exhibition, organizers said.

Many more square meters have been booked at the SuperYacht Pavilion, compared with June 2015, including first-time exhibitors such as Mapei, Nobiskrug and Pin-Craft, organizers said.

Both the Marina and Yard Pavilion and the Construction Material Pavilion have as many exhibitors registered for 2016 as there were in total at the 2015 show. Newcomers in those pavilions include Marina Projects and Dockmarine in the MYP and Scott Bader and BNS Industrial in the CMP.

Organizers said the extra hall that was added to the new layout, which will increase the show floor by more than 3,000 square meters, has attracted companies such as Yamaha and Dometic.

The InnovationLAB concept and stage has been moved to Hall 6, connecting Hall 1 to Hall 7, leading it to become a central hub, organizers said.

“We are delighted to have achieved such high booking numbers so far in advance of the actual event,” Irene Dros, manager of maritime METS Trade at RAI Amsterdam, said in a statement. “The fact that the METS Trade Show is generating so much interest at this stage of the year — while we have also made the event larger than ever — makes it all the more impressive.”

“It is also pleasing to see so many companies registering to take part for the first time,” she said. “This will help accelerate ongoing growth in the future for the METS Trade show as the meeting place of choice for the global leisure marine industry. Our challenge now is to live up to the expectations of the high standards we have set and focus on welcoming even more visitors from the global marine industry in the editions ahead.”

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