Cannes Yacht Show Ends on a High

The 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival drew to a close on Sunday 11th September having welcomed 630 boats, a record number for Europe’s largest in-water show. Boasting 191 new models, more than any other show, the Cannes Yachting Festival cemented its position as the leader in innovation and product launches.

This year, the exhibitors have reported a high number of international visitors, among them new consumers. The show culminated with over 50% of sales taking place in the final weekend. Over 51,000 visitors filled the two ports at each end of the Croisette for an event not to be missed due to the range of products and services offered, its quality and the volume of business generated.

Of the 530 exhibitors involved in the Festival, 60% came from 40 different countries from around the world which, combined with 50% international visitors, makes the Cannes Yachting Festival the major event of the season for the global nautical industry.

The Cannes Yachting Festival reaffirmed its status as the number one boat show internationally for multihulls. Extending the area with more space on land and a dedicated dock in the centre of the show, allowed the show to welcome 45 catamarans – the largest number in the world – ranging from 42 to 77 feet. It is also an important event for sail boats with 120 vessels which represents 20% of total boats.

For the first time, a land marina was created at the entrance to the Quai Max Laubeuf to increase the number of boats that could be showcased in the area.

2016 marked the tenth anniversary of the Brokerage & Charter Area at the Cannes Yachting Festival on the Port Pierre Canto dock at the other end of the famous Croisette. Exhibitors remarked once again that they were impressed with the quality of visitors who made the trip over to the area and the deals generated.