A massive three-stage development programme has been announced for the Genoa Boat Show.

A massive three-stage development programme has been announced for the Genoa Boat Show.

“Scheduled for completion in 2005, the 32m Euro project will add significantly to the site’s available covered exhibition space, as well as providing a massive increase to to the number of berths in the marina.

“This is vitally important to secure the future of the Genoa boat show,” commented Paolo Vitelli, president of Italian marine trade federation UCINA, which is in partnership in the development with the show’s owners and the marina operators.

The first stage, which is planned for completion in time for the 2002 show this October, sees the construction of a 9,000 square metre waterfront pavilion and two-storey services and restaurant building in the south-west corner of the show site. This landmark open-sided structure, measuring 124.5m x 73.5m, is supported along one side by six 45m masts. Work will also begin on a huge increase in the marina’s capacity which, by 2004, is intended to provide an additional 450 berths, bringing the total to 600.

The third and final stage of the project is the building of a second new pavilion, the same size as the first, which is due for completion in 2005.

“Demand from engines and accessories exchibitors has been running at two and a half times the available covered space,” adds Vitelli. “This increase in space on both the land and the water will make the Genoa Boat Show the best in the world.”