Overseas boat shows gain federation membership

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The International Federation of Boat Show Organizers recently admitted two new members in the Korea International Boat Show and the Eurasia Boat Show from Turkey.

The Korean show is held in Hwaseong City on the west coast of South Korea, and its fourth edition was taking place as federation members considered the show’s membership application.

Unique for a federation show, it is owned and organized by the local authority — the Gyeonggi Provincial Government.

This year’s Korea International Boat Show, which took place earlier this month, had 200 exhibitors and 20,080 registered visitors — down slightly from last year, according to Tim Coventry, who helps organize the show. The conference was well attended with 206 delegates, he added.

“The reports of business at the show are very encouraging. All the overseas companies reported strong [business-to-business], with very good prospects,” Coventry said. “I met with the three big Korean dealers on the last day and they were very happy with orders and inquiries. This is interesting, as the same dealers last year were unhappy, so this reflects a step change in the retail activity.”

South Korea now has seven open marinas and four more are set to open later this year. Private developers are also getting involved, and two huge projects will start early next year in the south of Korea near Busan, Coventry said.

Turkey's Eurasia Boat Show was first held in February 2007, making 2011 its fifth edition. The show takes place in Istanbul, and it is owned by the exhibition centre CNR Expo and supported by DENTUR, the Turkish marine industry association.

The international federation now has two members with shows in Istanbul. The other one is the International Istanbul Shop & Miles Boat Show, which is held in the Marinturk Istanbul City Port each October.

Federation membership is granted only to established boat and marine trade shows that meet stringent criteria laid out in the IFBSO Code of Excellence, according to the organization.