The Palma Superyacht Show 2015: A show of strength

In partnership with MYBA, the Palma Superyacht Show (PSS) has firmly established itself as one of the most notable shows that the Mediterranean has to offer; it showcases some of the finest selection of yachts for sale and charter, in one of the finest destinations in the world.

Held between 30th April and 4th May, has proven to be the best to date with the visitor numbers at an all time high.

In total, 62 participating yachts, 42 exhibitors and 6.000 exclusive visitors graced the show.  The yachts on display included the impressive Mondango, a 51.8m sailing yacht built by Alloy Yachts; the elegant Eleonora, an exact replica of the schooner Westward; the high performance Metoulius, a Royal Huisman sailing yacht; and the inspiring Mastiff, a deep sea tug built in 1967 and converted into a luxury superyacht in 2010.  The quality of the yachts on display was excellent, and alongside the high percentage of enquiries that were noted, offers were made on more than one occasion with anticipation for strong business results.

Patricia Bullock of Network Marine Consultants commented, “We are delighted with the results of this year’s PSS. This is the second year we have exhibited and we will continue next year. The organisation and installations were exceptional and it was so good to see and feel the great atmosphere created. There were many more professional visitors from outside Spain and every one of them was extremely impressed by the quality of the show and Palma itself. PSS has done a lot of good for the industry in Spain and also for Palma as a destination.”

Arne Ploch of Camper and Nicholsons added, “Having participated in the Palma Superyacht Show from the very beginning, we can say that there was a significant increase in potential clients this year, in real buyers visiting the show from all over the world.  

“We brought eight yachts to the show (five motor and three sailing yachts) and received serious enquiries for several of them, with two offers directly from the show, which might eventually lead to a sale.  The Palma Superyacht Show is now established and in its third year, with a good number of yachts and a balanced ratio between sailing and motor yachts. It offers every potential buyer a good selection in every segment of the market, be it sail or motor.”

However, numbers alone do not make for an exceptional show. A decisive factor contributing to the success of PSS is its ambience and friendly atmosphere. Captains, crew, exhibitors and visitors enjoyed the happy hour, cocktail hour and gastronomic experiences at the ‘Blue Café by Marc Fosh’. The Cowboys & Indians themed party developed into one of the highlights of the event and networking was on the daily agenda.

Joost Goverts of Northrop & Johnson Spain stated, “New contacts were made and old relationships were cemented. It was an outstanding opportunity to do business in a relaxed atmosphere and I am positive that the spin off effect of this show will be noticeable. I believe that next year the Palma Superyacht Show will be even better because the mechanics have been tried and tested and this will allow us to place even more emphasis on details, as there is always room for improvement.”

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