The organisers of the Barcelona Boat Show have hailed the Spanish market, which has grown by more than 10% in the first nine months of the year

The Barcelona Boat Show came to an end on Sunday (October 18) and the initial signs from this year’s show are that the Spanish boating industry is in rude health.

Organisers Fira de Barcelona claim that 55,000 visitors attended the five-day event, and this strong turnout reflects the level of boat registrations, which has risen 10.5% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year.

Other positive signs can be found in the total number of exhibitors, which rose by 4% to 260, and the number of new and used boats on display – up 3% to 670.

Key brands represented at this year’s show included Bénéteau, Sealine, Jeanneau, Cranchi, Windy and Azimut Yachts.

More than 100 activities were laid on at the 2015 Barcelona Boat Show including beginners’ boating courses, stand-up paddleboarding, and escorted night swimming.

Event manager Jordi Freixas said: “This year, there have been more new products than in recent years, reaffirming the show as the leading business and trend-setting platform for the Spanish boating industry.”

Meanwhile, the dates for the 2016 Barcelona Boat Show have been confirmed, with next year’s event due to run from October 12-16.