Revamped event to run from 1-5 May after late cancellation of 2012 show

The Palma Boat Show is staging a comeback this year after being cancelled at the 11th hour in 2012 due to a pinching of government funding and lack of commitment from exhibitors.

On from 1-5 May, the revamped 2013 event has been overhauled by organisers, who claim to have put together an “activity-packed nautical week”, to run over five days instead of the previous nine.

Two other marine events – the International Yachting Forum and Superyacht Brokerage and Charter Show – will run alongside the boat show.

Entertainment running over the week will include a seafood festival, the 2013 Ocean International Film Festival, a classic boat display, sailing lessons and a regatta in the Bay of Palma.

“This is now a festival with a maritime flavour which showcases the Balearics’ strength as a leading nautical destination,” said Chema Sans, MD of the event.

Some 202 floating berths are available for boats ranging between eight and 65 metres, alongside 5,000 square metres of land-based exhibition in tented stands and open-air displays.

Marina Estrella, one of Spain’s biggest boat dealers, will be taking 15 boats to the show, from Cobalts to Azimuts.

Andreas Reifers from the company said: “The market is stabilising, sales are already improved year-on-year and we are looking forward to a rewarding season.”

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