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Plans for expansion for Palma International Boat Show 2014

Following a record-breaking 2013, organisers of the 31st Palma International Boat Show have expanded the show’s exhibition space, both on land and in water, to create “probably the most successful boat show in the last five years”. The boat show will take place from 30th April to 4th May 2014.

Guy Norrish from Marina Estrella commented, “Following a 2012 hiatus, the comeback 2013 Palma International Boat Show was a real hit. The new format of fewer days, better opening times, more boats on the water and reasonable ticket prices suited both exhibitors and visitors. Marina Estrella closed the Show with confirmed sales of over two million euros, including the first of the innovative Azimut 55S to reach the Balearics, and more followed, so we are looking forward to a good show in 2014.”

Due to the Boat Show’s expansion, Marina Estrella will be relocated for the first time since the very first show it attended in 1984, some 30 years ago. The Palma Superyacht Show, which now runs alongside the mainstream event, is growing from 47 superyachts in 2013, to over 65 yachts for 2014, and will displace Marina Estrella in the process.

Guy continued, “Fortunately the organisers have rewarded our loyalty and Marina Estrella will now have a prime position at the end of the newly renovated Pier 2. For the first time Pier 2 will be connected to Pier 3 by a swing bridge which will not only allow boats to exit for sea trials but also enable visitors to walk around the Show in a continuous flow - from superyachts to 'normal', and vice versa. We are putting no fewer than 12 boats into our line-up for 2014, from the Cobalt 262 through to the recession-busting Varianta 37 up to the Azimut Magellano 76, to reflect both our wide range and commitment to the Show.”

This year’s Palma International Boat Show will benefit from the recent completion of Moll Vell Marina’s 6.5 million euro makeover which releases 25% more on-land exhibition space previously taken over by construction work. Meanwhile the new pier configuration will increase the number of berths overall from 110 in 2013 to 200 in 2014. Once again, superyachts for brokerage and charter will have a major presence, with yachts up to 70 metres in length on display.

Guy continued, “Taken in the context of a stream of good news for Balearic boaters this year including a relaxation of onerous yachting licenses for Spanish owners, the removal of the dreaded Matriculation Tax on larger charter boats, an area Marina Estrella has identified for growth, and the tangible support of Balearics’ President José Ramón Bauzá for the nautical sector, Palma is well on its way to reinforcing its deserved reputation as the centre of boating for the Mediterranean.”

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