METSTRADE 2019 has once again raised the bar for what can be achieved at such an industry-leading B2B event. Running from 19 to 21 November, the show illustrated its renowned ability to catch the zeitgeist by zooming in on the latest issues affecting the leisure marine sector, from sustainability, cybersecurity and digitalisation to open workforces and international trade. It also attracted a record number of exhibitors, who welcomed the largest ever number of visitors to a bustling RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.
With 26,984 visits registered by 17.792 unique visitors (including 228 members of the press) represented by 115 nationalities and 1.670 exhibitors from 53 countries represented by 7.297 stand personal, the stats make very good reading for the METSTRADE Show as the 32nd edition continued its relentless year-on-year rise in popularity.
The organisers were especially pleased at being able to welcome no less than 271 new exhibitors, the surest sign that ever-more marine professionals are recognising this annual platform in Amsterdam as a must-attend moment. And the fact that these new companies came from 36 countries added to the event’s unrivalled international character. “METSTRADE is the first trade show we have participated in and we are very satisfied with the results,” comments Steyn van Driessel, sales marketing executive at We Ship Yachts, one of the 30 new Dutch companies on the exhibition floor. “We have met many high-quality visitors and generated a great deal of publicity, which were exactly the reasons why we decided to exhibit here.”