METSTRADE 2016 breaks records again

21 Nov 2016
METSTRADE 2016 breaks records again

METSTRADE 2016 breaks records again

The 2016 edition of the METSTRADE Show has again broken all previous records for exhibitor and visitor attendance.

Final numbers released by METSTRADE show there were 6,610 personnel representing 1,471 exhibiting companies, 23,702 - 15,541 unique – visitors, an increase of 8% on the previous record set in 2015.

The three-day show ran from November 15 to 17, flanked on either side by conferences in the superyacht, leisure marine sustainability, yacht design and construction and marina sectors.

The busiest day of the exhibition was Wednesday 16, which saw almost 10,000 visitors file into the RAI Amsterdam centre to access the 11 halls open for business (a 3,000sq-m increase on last year’s show floor layout).

Of the total visitors, 64% were from outside the Netherlands with Italy, France and Denmark seeing significant rises.

In addition, there were a large number of Russian, Polish and Swiss visitors in attendance and there was also a 10% rise in the number of visitors under 35 years old.

Growth was seen in the SuperYacht Pavilion that hosted 265 exhibitors, up from 224 in 2015, in the Marina & Yard Pavilion with 64 stands compared to 49 last year and 45 in the Construction Material Pavilion, up from 31.

“The 2016 edition of METSTRADE may well be remembered as the year which the show raised the bar to the next level,” said METSTRADE manager Irene Dros.

“The side programme of conferences and events was bigger and better than ever before and it is clear that METSTRADE increasingly serves as a magnet for smart initiatives from across every discipline and market within the maritime world.”

She added: “Not only are we compering more events: crucially, they are all proving to be very successful and focused on the kind of face-to-face meetings for which RAI Amsterdam is renowned.”

METSTRADE 2017 will take place from 14 to 16 November.

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