Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Peter Wheeler

The 2013 SIBEX Shenzhen International Boat Expo attracted greater visitor numbers and more diverse exhibitors than ever before.

As the show goes from strength to strength, building on each previous year, it delivers access to more luxury brands and world-renowned yacht and boating brands to discerning Shenzhen locals and visiting connoisseurs. This year there were three piers, displaying over 112 boats, and an increased exhibition space of 15,000 square meters. This year’s exhibitors came from more than 20 countries around the globe.

On the morning of the first day, a grand opening ceremony was held in the Exhibition Hall Beach Bar. The opening ceremony was attended by Yantian District government leaders, UB Group Chairman Mr. Dan Dawei, show guests, exhibitors, and the media. 

On the evening of October 25 a banquet themed "Sea Night" was held at the King Key Palace Banquet Hall. This provided the occasion for the Golden Sail Awards Ceremony. Among the dignitaries attending were top-level bankers, diplomats and representatives of the luxury yachting world’s most respected brands.

The show officially closed on October 27 and was by all measures a great success. The show had grown, according to official figures, by 20% in terms of size and visitor numbers. There were many confirmed sales and business networks between Chinese manufacturers and global boating brands were cemented. Many exhibitors were eagerly planning their strategies for year’s show.