With more exhibitors and boats than ever, 20th Anniversary of the Biograd Boat Show in Croatia broke all attendance records for the first 3 days under sunny skies and t-shirt weather.  Some Sunday morning rain lead to slightly lower attendance, but Central  Europe’s  In-water Show broke another total attendance record with 16,876 registered visitors.
 
With well over 300 registered exhibitors and more than 300 new vessels plus brokerage, the show’s exhibits were better than ever.  This year there was a noticeable increase in luxury motor vessels, with dealers reporting strong activity, and the Absolute dealer for the region reporting multiple vessels sales at the show.  This  is  Central  Europe’s  in-water  show  and  the  biggest  meeting  point  for  Croatia’s  nautical  industry,  marking  the  end  of  the  boating  season  and  the  start  of  a  new  business  year. 
 
The Biograd B2B business networking event recorder more than 400 registered participants, while the Congress Program was the best ever.  There was a record 8 corporate sponsored parties during the evenings in the north and west marina, as well as on our 36m Event ship Nada. Our legendary evening entertainment program continued to shine with six live music events as well as our extensive fireworks display.
 
The  show  continues  to  gain  international  popularity  among  both  exhibitors  and  visitors  due  to  the  Croatia’s  importance  as  a  boating  destination,  and  Ilirija’s  well  managed facilities including  Marina  Kornati,  Ilirija  hotels,  restaurants,  and entertainment facilities.    Favorable pricing for  all adds  to  the  leisurely atmosphere,  while  a  pontoon  bridge  links  the  main  marina  with  Marina  Kornati West,  offering  a  unique  and  attractive  in-water  exhibition.   Ilirija  has worked hard to accommodate as many wait-listed exhibitors as possible to  provide  a  better  visitor  experience.   
 
 
The “Boat  Show  Experience”   
Sunset  marks  the  end  of  the  exhibition  day  and  the  beginning  of  an  on-site  evening  program  offering  great  food  and  live  entertainment  each  night,  continuing  into  the  town  center  until  the  late  hours.    It is the many side events  that  take  place  in  this  intimate,  pedestrian  friendly,  seaside  town  that  creates  the  unique BBS  Experience.   This  is  the  key  to  the  show’s  success,  visible  in  the  eyes of  the  locals  as  well  as  many  affluent  visitors  from  Central  Europe  that  make  a  holiday of  the  event. 
 
Central Europe‘s Gateway  to  the  Sea 
The  event  attracts  more  visitors  and  exhibitors  from  neighboring  countries  each  year. Many  people  are  introduced  to  the  show  while  visiting  Biograd  throughout  the  year,  as  it  is  one  of  the  largest  yacht  charter  destinations  in  the  world,  or  through  its  world  class  calendar  of  regattas  and  events,  or  as  one  of  busiest  marine transit  destinations  in  Croatia. 

 

For more information:

Biograd  Boat  Show 
18-21.10.2018 
Marina  Kornati,  Biograd,  Croatia 
Admission  price:  40  kn  (cca.5  euros) 
Web  Page:  www.bbs.com.hr

 

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Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.