An extended show-area, a greater selection of bigger yachts and a 72m floating bridge were much spoken about (by visitors and exhibitors) in the wake of the 2018 Palma Superyacht Show’s unequivocal success. A lesser-known fact is that the show continued to weave its magic throughout the year in the shape of yachts sold or chartered as a result of the event. Three yachts were sold by Northrop and Johnson, two by Camper and Nicholsons and three charters were purveyed by Burgess, to name but a few fruits of our 2018 edition – the year that catapulted the show onto the industry’s international map.
The pick of last year’s highlights, from a visitor’s standpoint, was undoubtedly the floating bridge which connected STP shipyard to Palma's iconic fisherman's dock. Those visiting in order to scope out the show’s annual line-up of nautical eye-candy will be glad to know that this 72m pontoon will make a reappearance this year, allowing for a circular route, improving visitors' flow and viewing experience.
Refit & Repair, a sector which distinguishes itself from the rest of the show by specifically targeting yachting’s experts and professionals, will also benefit from an improved lay-out this year. A relocated bar/restaurant area will see the Refit & Repair area getting the attention it truly deserves: stands will be easy to spot and the new set-up will make for a better viewing experience overall. Furthermore, Refit & Repair, now going into its third year, will feature 10% more stands in comparison to last year: a total of 28 companies will be present to launch ‘break-the-mould’ products and talk about tried-and-tested services.
Although the majority of R&R exhibitors is made up of returning participants such as Huisfit and Metalnox, some, like BARCO, will be brand new to the show. BARCO offer a comprehensive list of services, from managing an extensive 6-month refit to the delivery of spare parts, swiftly and at a competitive price to boot. BARCO co-owner Alex Casares enthused to be: “looking forward to bringing BARCO's local experience and proven track record in the repair and refit business forward". He added that: "The Palma Superyacht Show is the perfect platform to promote BARCO as it's ideal for meeting captains and engineers".
The show will take place in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, from the 27th April – 1st May. Companies keen to exhibit at the show need to get in touch with us immediately as there are only a few more stands available.
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