Genoa, 26th July 2021: the official press conference held to announce the 61st edition of the Genoa International Boat Show was streamed live to the press and spectators worldwide. Taking part in the conference were Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region, Mayor of Genoa Marco Bucci and President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority Paolo Emilio Signorini, who were welcomed to the Italian Marine Industry Association’s headquarters in Genoa by the President of both the Association and the organising company I Saloni Nautici, Saverio Cecchi, alongside Chief Executive Officer of I Saloni Nautici Carla Demaria, General Director of the Association Marina Stella and the Commercial Director of I Saloni Nautici Alessandro Campagna.

The 61st Genoa International Boat Show is set to mirror a market for which current predictions, as presented by the Italian Marine Industry Association’s Market Analysis Department, confirm nothing but positive and sustained growth. The fact that this edition is already sold out in terms of national and international exhibitors is in part due to the authority and credibility achieved by the event’s organisers following the tremendous success of the Boat Show’s 60th edition last year, the only industry event in Europe to take place in person and in full compliance with the highest standards of health and safety, during the year of the pandemic.

Saverio Cecchi, President of the Italian Marine Industry Association and of I Saloni Nautici: “More than ever before, I feel the need to express just how much I believe in teamwork: this is something that lives deep in my DNA as both a sportsman and a professional, a principal around which I have always structured my own work. The Association’s reunification was the first step towards our success, which, along with a consolidated relationship with our institutional counterparts, allows us to look forward to the 61st Genoa International Boat Show and to future editions with the knowledge that our work will benefit not just Genoa, but the country as a whole.

The layout of this year’s 61st Genoa International Boat Show will mirror that of the more recent editions following the continued success of a multi-specialised format, which will spread across over 200,000 square metres on land and sea, 85% of which is entirely outdoors, and which will be prepared to host over 1,000 boats. Brands on display this year will also be close to 1,000. Confirmed exhibitors will include leading shipyards on both the national and global stage who took part in last year’s edition, featuring the highly anticipated return of numerous household names. Furthermore, this year exhibitors will be greeted by a profoundly different layout, transformed by the ongoing development of a brand new Levante waterfront, a project that began in October 2020 and which will reach completion in 2023, creating 200 new berths and a completely redeveloped indoor sporting arena.

The waterfront redevelopment project, designed and donated to the Genoa Municipality, the Liguria Region and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority by renowned architect Renzo Piano, will see zero-emission buildings, a vast park of hallmark Mediterranean trees and a masterplan of promenades and docking areas, transporting the Genoa Boat Show’s waterfront to become a world-class location for a world-class event. The effects of such a revolutionary reimagining of one of Europe’s yachting capitals can already be seen starting with the immediate benefit of removing the promenade wall between piers C and E, which has redefined the heart of the Genoa Boat Show’s layout, allowing for a single pier without interrupting the flow between Pavilion B and the new dock. The real winner of this transformation is surface area which has gained 14% more space. Water surface has also increased by 19% thanks to a brand new docking area for boats measuring up to 15 metres, combined with the implementation of equally new piers across the other docks.

Alessandro Campagna, Commercial Director of I Saloni Nautici: “The 61st Genoa International Boat Show will only gain ground, in fact, with the current redevelopment for the brand new waterfront, we will gain a docking area at the centre of the Boat Show, which will allow for new spaces and paths for visitors, with more room to breathe. On land there will be 14% more floor space while the new dock will provide 19% more water surface. We will be using 200 thousand square metres, 85% of which will be completely outdoors, to house over 1,000 boats representing almost 1,000 brands.”

The 61st edition of the Genoa International Boat Show will benefit from the experience of last year’s edition with the approval of the Show’s health and safety protocols on behalf of Italy’s National Technical Scientific Committee, which allowed the Show’s 60th edition to take place in person and in full compliance with all health and safety provisions and which will be integrated with the latest guidelines with regards to the Green Pass and access to trade fair events.

Ticket sales for the Boat Show began over the course of the past few days via the official website, where visitors will be able to book a series of services in addition to their visit, including parking

Institutional partners of the 61st Genoa International Boat Show are the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, the Liguria Region, the Genoa Municipality and the Genoa Chamber of Commerce.