By John Smith • 28 April 2021 • 17:03
Boats of all shapes and sizes will be in Palma
AFTER going virtual last year, all indications are that plans for the Palma International Boat Show to go back to the Moll Vell from June 3 to 6 are on course.
Realistically it will be scaled down because of the problems of travel and financial restraints of exhibitors but it will be the first face-to-face fair in the sector after the pandemic and will be the event that will inaugurate the nautical season.
Organisers of the show, the Institute of Business Innovation of the Balearic Islands (IDI) working with the Balearic Government have entered into an agreement with the Association of Nautical Companies of the Balearic Islands (AENIB) to offer support to the more than 100 companies that are part of it and that represent the traditional business fabric of the local nautical sector.
Speaking about the reason for entering into this agreement, Vice President of the IDI, Juan Pedro Yllanes explained that “it must be borne in mind that the AENIB has always had a great representation among the exhibitors of the fair, some of whom are its founders.
“This past year, due to the crisis caused by Covid-19, companies have suffered a drop in revenue that does not facilitate participation in the fair. That’s why we want to support them so that they are present at the Palma International Boat Show, which will be a great opportunity to recover sales and get out of these difficult months.”
Thanks to the agreement, the companies associated with the AENIB will receive a discount on the price for their participation in the fair and in return, they will promote and give visibility to the event through promotion and dissemination of information to national and international contacts.
The AENIB is made up of many different nautical businesses on the Islands and brings together very diverse activities among its members, such as construction and maintenance of boats, sale of boats, charter, nautical training or repair and maintenance.
Founded in 1986, it is the main business association in the Balearic nautical sector and is part of the ANEN (National Association of Nautical Companies), which represents almost all of the nautical industrial and recreational businesses in Spain.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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