21ST MONACO YACHT SHOW HAILED SUCCESSFUL BY INDUSTRY INSIDERS
ONCE AGAIN THE MONACO YACHT SHOW SERVED UP THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR A SUCCESSFUL SUPERYACHT BUSINESS SPREAD OVER FOUR DAYS BASKING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN’S SEPTEMBER SUNSHINE (SEPTEMBER 21ST TO 24TH).
The internationally famous and glitteringly gorgeous event was buzzing with wealth and business excitement. More than 100 superyachts, with over 40 making their worldwide debut, lined the docks inside Port Hercules from. They set the tone for what was perhaps the most successful show in the events 21 year history.
28,200 visitors, slightly up on last year’s attendance, came to view superyachts from 25 to 86 metres. This year’s large yacht line up included: Steven Spielberg’s Seven Seas (86 m), Cakewalk (85 m) the largest on display this year and Imagine the high volume 64 metre yacht from Amels. Prima the brand new yacht from Columbus Yachts was one of a handful of yachts from builders who have never built a yacht before. Adrenaline junkies loved Shooting Star a superfast 38 metre superyacht from Espen Oeino and Danish Yachts while sailing enthusiasts crowded around Hemisphere to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest catamaran built for luxury cruising.
Yachts for sale included Big Fish one of the most dramatically designed discovery yachts that has, since her launch last year, already explored the globe and visited Antarctica.
Proving the business prowess of the Show, a 42 metre Turkish built superyacht sailed into the show as Nomade and departed with her new name Bar Tender painted on the stern having been sold during the show. The Dutch builder Jongert used the show to conclude the signing of a contract that will see them build a 46 metre motor yacht designed by Dubois.
Exhibitor displays were equally important to visitors. This year Monaco afforded the industry the most spectacular selection of things to see. More than 500 industry leaders exhibited luxury products, services and facilities and then Show provided the essential opportunities for industry professionals to network.
Confidence was high that the superyacht industry was sailing forward towards a bright horizon despite the gloomy world economy. The real benefits the Monaco Show will bring to exhibitors that attended are only determined over the weeks that follow the event, but many left the show on a high, enthused by the quality and quantity of inquiries.