Monaco Yacht Show attendance grows to 36,400
Published: Thursday, 12 October 2017
Monaco Yacht Show on the quays of Port Hercules welcomed 125 superyachts and received 36,400 participants.
(Photo: Monaco Yacht Show)
Attendance at this year’s edition is eight per cent higher than last year, including an international business clientele but also private visitors invited by the Monaco Yacht Show organisers via the Sapphire Experience programme.
Around 400 appointments on board were scheduled with the yachts’ representatives; one “Sapphire Experience” guest has already placed an order for a yacht.
This year’s fleet was larger and younger – average length is 49m and 50 per cent of the yachts are less than two years old.
At the Inaugural Gala Party at Le Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel, 400 guests were invited during which awards were made to three superyachts. The 110m Oceanco megayacht Jubilee received two awards – Exterior Design Award and the Finest New Superyacht Award; the 52m Sanlorenzo Seven Sins won the Interior Design Award; the 49.8m Heesen Yachts Home was the winner of the most environmental-friendly yacht (RINA Award).
According to Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Show, it appealed to visitors right from the start: “The exhibitors were busy from Wednesday morning with business meetings on their stands and a full list of bookings for yacht visits.”
“We felt that the whole industry was concerned by an event they’ve been preparing for months, with high trade expectations. By midday this impression was shared by all the different participants, brokers or shipyards who already confirmed negotiations with visitors interested in chartering or purchasing a yacht.”