After 9 days of business meetings, networking, collaboration and events at Boot Dusseldorf; this weekend saw the close of Europe’s largest boat show. This year’s show surpassed all previous expectations with over 250,000 visitors attending in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Over 16 exhibition halls at Messe Dusseldorf were filled with an expanse of products and services on offer to boating and water sports enthusiasts worldwide.
With the recent growth of Peters & May, Boot Dusseldorf 2019 was an important show for the team. As a global specialist in yacht transport, we had representatives from across 12 offices worldwide at the show. New for this year’s show was the addition of Transport Partners at the Peters & May stand. Acquired early last year, Wim Spinhoven and his team joined Peters & May at the show, visiting a range of clients. There were some other new faces on the stand last week, notably the addition of Nils Reichert joining the team in Germany. As a keen sailor himself, Nils is very knowledgeable understanding the needs and requirements of our clients. We are sure he will be a great addition to the team.
As the official logistics partner to Antigua Sailing Week; Peters & May co-hosted their very own opening celebration ‘Caribbean style’ alongside Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Board. Hosting our annual Caribbean party, guests were treated to the sounds of the Caribbean with a live steel pan band. Antiguan-aged Rum and Fever Tree Ginger Beer on tap; a relaxed vibe filled the exhibition hall as people migrated towards the sounds of the traditional steel pans. For those unable to attend, guests were welcomed to the stand once again on Wednesday for a chilled beer and a chat with our expert logistics specialists.
This year’s show produced some strong enquiries across Peters & May’s regular sailing routes. A popular choice were our Mediterranean trade lines, with considerable interest also identified for our Transatlantic sailings. Our team also saw a few enquiries from across the Far East, with dealers and private individuals looking to move yachts to the Mediterranean.
Jesper Jensen, Sales Manager for Scandinavia commented on the show ‘All in all it’s been another successful year at Boot Dusseldorf. This is an international show attracting a broad spectrum of visitors, which is certainly reflected in the enquiries received. This year our Caribbean party was a great hit and as such it was brilliant having the opportunity to casually chat with both private individuals and trade contacts regarding their bespoke logistics needs for 2019’.
Now that Boot Dusseldorf is wrapped up for another year, our experts look forward to meeting with new and existing clients at Miami International Boat Show next month. To catch up with our US team at the Boat Show arrange a meeting here.