U.S. companies are continuing to grow their presence at the Cartagena International Boat Show, with a 20 percent increase in the USA Pavilion sponsored by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
The show is set for March 21-23 in Cartagena, Colombia.
"While still a relatively small market, indicators continue to suggest that Colombia's nautical industry will continue to grow, including plans for new and expanded marinas and continued government support,” said Julie Balzano, export development director for the NMMA, in a statement. “We believe that now is the time for our U.S. members to establish those key relationships in this market that will serve as a solid foundation upon which to grow.”
Balzano said Colombia ranks as the 26th most important export market for boats and engines manufactured in the United States.
“We have seen a commitment from the Colombian government to develop its nautical tourism infrastructure and believe there will be steady growth in this sector in the coming years. We see the North coast of Colombia as a natural stop for recreational boaters traveling in the Caribbean,” said Jeff Hamilton, Commercial Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
As Regulator Marine prepares to introduce its line in Colombia, the company will preview details on its entire fleet, from the 23 to the new 41.
Bellingham Marine also sees potential in Colombia.
“We’re excited about the growing boating industry in Colombia and know that customers will benefit from our 58 years of experience in the marine industry,” said Steve Ryder, manager of project development at Bellingham, which provides complete marina services, from initial design through construction.