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This year at METSTRADE:
Each year, the Global Superyacht Forum is held in conjunction with the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METSTRADE) at Amsterdam's RAI. In the lead up to these events, we caught up with the RAI's maritime domain manager, Irene Dros.
What is METSTRADE?
I. Dros: METSTRADE is the world's largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. METSTRADE hosts three dedicated specialist pavilions: the SuperYacht Pavilion, the Marina & Yard Pavilion and the Construction Material Pavilion. The SuperYacht Pavilion (SYP) is the biggest and with over 190 exhibitors and a destination in its own right. The SYP is the only truly international B2B exhibition providing products and services for the large luxury yacht industry.
How important is the relationship between the Global Superyacht Forum delegates and METSTRADE exhibitors?
I. Dros: I think this is of high importance! The relationships offers the superyacht industry a unique combination of knowledge exchange and the most complete overview of equipment & service suppliers in a B2B environment, making the event the biggest B2B platform for the superyacht industry in the world. The SYP and the Global Superyacht Forum attract real decision makers and is considered the best networking opportunity in the industry.
What companies can the Global Superyacht Forum delegates expect to see this year at METSTRADE? Are there any new product launches to expect?<
I. Dros: This year, the SYP will be the biggest to date with over 190 exhibitors; many of the attending companies are revealing new products and are nominated for the prestigious Design Award METS (DAME). I'm very excited about the brand-new "InnovationLAB" we are introducing at this year's METSTRADE
, an onsite activity platform that pays great attention to all innovations, products and technologies that the show offers. Innovation has been a crucial theme at METSTRADE; surveys of the many thousands of visitors from around the world consistently show that innovation is the number one reason to come to Amsterdam each year for METSTRADE.
There's been substantial growth in the Superyacht Pavilion in the past three years, how do you envisage this continuing?
I. Dros: The SYP is a truly international B2B exhibition providing products and services for the large luxury yacht industry, therefore, we attract leading industry executives as both exhibitors and visitors; the percentage of decision makers attending the show is very high.
What are the benefits of attending conferences and exhibitions, such as the Global Superyacht Forum and METSTRADE?
I. Dros: The SYP and GSF are the best opportunity to meet a huge percentage of the entire industry in only a few days and offer a highly effective networking platform.
Organised by the Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the show will run from 18 - 20 November. Access is included with a Global Superyacht Forum pass.
The Global Superyacht Forum will be held from 17 – 19 November 2014 in Amsterdam. To secure your place at the event and join leading companies and individuals in debating the future of superyachts, visit www.globalsuperyachtforum.com/register or call +44 (0) 207 924 4004.
Awlgrip, Caterpillar, Cathelco, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, Clyde & Co, MTN Communications, MTU Friedrichshafen, Palladium Technologies, R & Q Marine Services(Yachtsure24) and Struik & Hamerslag proudly sponsor this year’s Global Superyacht Forum.
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