More on-land exhbition space and more boats on the water for the premier marine event in the Balearics

The Palma International Boat Show returns in April invigorated by an expanded on and off-water footprint and some great news on matriculation tax.

The event, running from April 30 to May 4, will have 25% more on-land exhibition space, while the number of boats on the water will increase from 110 in 2013 to 200.

The Palma Superyacht Show, running alongside the boat show, is also expanding, from 47 superyachts in 2013 to between 70 and 75 this year.

Further good news has emerged on the matriculation tax front, with the Spanish government extending an exemption to the tax to all craft operated for charter in Spain.

The significance of this move cannot be understated, and it should go some way in repairing the damage to the nautical economy done by the imposition of the 12% tax.

Guy Norrish from exhibitor Marina Estrella said: “Following a 2012 hiatus, the comeback 2013 Palma International Boat Show was a real hit. The new format of fewer days, better opening times, more boats on the water and reasonable ticket prices suited both exhibitors and visitors.”

“Taken in the context of a stream of good news for Balearic boaters this year including a relaxation of onerous yachting licences for Spanish owners and the removal of the dreaded matriculation tax on larger charter boats… Palma is well on its way to reinforcing its deserved reputation as the centre of boating for the Mediterranean.”

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