The organisers of the 2016 Boot Düsseldorf boat show have announced that 247,000 visitors attended this year’s nine-day event

Boot Düsseldorf drew to a close last night and the organisers have confirmed a rise in attendance for this year.

The 2016 event drew a grand total of 247,000 visitors, which marks a 2.8% increased when compare with 2015.

The international flavour of the event was reflected in the figures as well, with 50,000 foreign visitors travelling from 52 countries to attend the show.

With 1,800 boats on display, the Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show is one of the largest in the world and the atmosphere at this year’s show was optimistic and upbeat.

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, managing director of Boot Düsseldorf, said: “Boot 2016 was a professional party that whetted everyone’s appetite for water activities in gloomy January.”

His words are backed up by the exhibitors, with 90% of them expecting the show to grow further in the next 2-3 years.

The 2017 Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show has been scheduled for 21-29 January and will be the first under the tenure of new show director Petros Michelidakis.