The boat show returned to Palma last week for more displays of fancy yachts and all things nautical. Set in Palma’s harbour at La Llonja, this spectacular setting in front of the cathedral adds glitz and glamour to this prestigious show. Anyone visiting the Palma Boat Show and its newly established adjacent attraction, the Palma Superyacht Show, would find it hard to believe that were over 600 boats on display in total, with in excess of 300 boats on display in the water, including around 100 superyachts between 24 and 70 metres. There was enough activity to completely fill the available show area, with the superyacht section overspilling into the STP shipyard premises alongside.
The presence of international exhibitors such as Frauscher, Nuva and Mercury displaying a whole range of family sized motor yachts, plus a large and varied selection of RIBS, dayboats, dinghys and accessories served to prove the point, that its not just about superyachts in Palma.
An encouraging sign for the organisers and the yachting sector in Spain was that many of the 200+ exhibitors were at the show for the first time, proving that last years revival is being built upon successfully in terms of support from the industry. This included Grosvenor Yachts who were active on the Frauscher stand for much of the show.
“Looking beyond the figures, the important thing is that the visitor profile has been that of interested enthusiasts, of buyers, whereas last year the majority came for a stroll.” This has translated into a greater amount of business, not only yachts, but also in equipment, clothing and accessories.Chema Sans, Director of the Boat Show